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December 23, 2016: ‘Coin Heist’ at the Philadelphia Mint? It’s only a Netflix movie
 
Netflix will debut an original movie Jan. 6, Coin Heist, that pro­vides a fictional account of the planned theft of $10 million from the Philadelphia Mint.
 
Internet Movie Database offers the following synopsis: “United by dire circumstances, four unlikely allies from a Philadel­phia prep school — the hacker, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect student — band together to attempt the impossible: steal from the U.S. Mint.” For more on this movie, please see ‘Coin Heist’ at the Philadelphia Mint?

December 22, 2016: What’s the difference between Burnished and Uncirculated for silver American Eagles?
 
Much of the confusion lies with changes in 2006 to the U.S. Mint’s terminology and with the hobby’s use an alternative term. From 1986 to 2005, the Mint referred to the American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins as having an “Uncirculated” finish. In 2006, the Mint celebrated the 20th anniversary of the American Eagle program by introducing a collector “Uncirculated” coin while at the same dropping the same term from all marketing materials for the bullion coin versions, even though those pieces still had an Uncirculated finish.
 
The Uncirculated finishes used on the bullion and collector versions of the American Eagles since 2006 differ slightly, because planchets for the collector versions are burnished with special media. The hobby seized upon the term “burnished” and eventually began referring to the collector coins as “Burnished Uncirculated.” For more on this term, please see Burnished and Uncirculated

December 22, 2016: Numismatics is a lifelong journey
 
2016 marked the 125th anniversary of the ANA. It's been a whirlwind year focused on fostering interest in our hobby, adding more collectors to our ranks, and providing the learning opportunities that our members need and want. The journey never ends. We need you on board.
 
With a gift to the ANA of $250, you’ll receive a limited-edition bronze 125th anniversary medal designed by renowned medallic sculptor Jamie Franki. For a donation of $1,000, you’ll receive a .999-fine-silver version of this beautifully crafted medal. Don’t delay. Only 200 medals are available in bronze; the silver is limited to 25. For more on this offer, please see Numismatics is a lifelong journey

December 21, 2016: The Series Continues... The Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, Volume 8
 
ANA members receive 10% off your order with code A6. Volume 8 covering Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
 
$69.95      672 pages.      Hardcover. For more on this book, please see Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money

December 21, 2016: Make Plans Today to Attend the Orlando National Money Show®
 
Make plans now to attend the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) National Money Show in Orlando for the best selection of collectibles in the United States. The three-day convention takes place Mar. 9-11 in West Hall E of the Orange County Convention Center at 9400 Universal Blvd. Tangible assets such as rare coins, gold and silver, are in great demand, and the show features more than 350 numismatic dealers with extensive inventories.
 
The 2017 National Money Show features a wide range of technical seminars and educational presentations; collector exhibits; a major auction by Kagin’s, Inc.; activities for children; and the ANA Museum Showcase, exhibiting some of the world's most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money. For more on this show, please see National Money Show

December 21, 2016: 2017 will get off to a FUN start for coin collectors
 
Each year the rare coin calendar starts with the Florida United Numismatists show in sunny Florida and this year’s FUN is set for the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, Jan. 5 to 8. The show will offer more than 1,000 dealers and massive auctions by Heritage that will set the tone for the rare coin market in 2017.
 
Heritage’s FUN auctions are always packed with rarities and this year’s is no exception. One of the famed offerings at Heritage’s Platinum Night on Jan. 5 is an 1884 Trade dollar graded Proof 63 by Professional Coin Grading Service. It is one of just 10 examples struck and, amazingly, all 10 are accounted for today. For more on this show, please see 2017 Fun Show

December 20, 2016: Auction offers silver denarius struck by mobile military mint
 
The assassination of Julius Caesar in ancient Rome spawned a crisis with lasting results, one that includes coinage. A silver denarius struck during late summer to autumn in 42 B.C., by a traveling military mint in western Asia Minor or northern Greece, is offered in Classical Numismatic Group’s Jan. 10 and 11 Triton XX auction in New York City.
 
The man responsible for Caesar’s assassination, Brutus, and co-conspirator Gaius Cassius Longinus occupied Rome, but fled when a funeral oration delivered by Caesar’s protege, Mark Antony, turned public opinion against them. Brutus and Cassius went their separate ways, but met again in early 42 B.C. in Smyrna, Ionia, where they began preparations for the inevitable conflict to ensue between them and Mark Antony and Octavian, Caesar’s grandnephew. For more on this coin, please see Silver denarius

December 19, 2016: One of two surviving ‘Operation Bernhard’ prisoner counterfeit printers dies
 
Adolf Burger, one of the two remaining survivors of Operation Bernhard, the counterfeiting workshop at the Nazi concentration camp in Sachsenhausen, died December 6 in Prague. He was 99.
 
According to his obituary in the newspaper iDnes.cz, Burger was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Velka Lomnica, Slovakia. In 1942, he was arrested and transported to the town of Zilina and then to Auschwitz. Since he was a printer by profession, he was transferred to Sachsenhausen for Operation Bernhard, a secret German plan to destroy Britain’s economy by counterfeiting £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes. The 142 prisoners in the scheme forged, not only bank notes, but also postage stamps, foreign passports and ID cards. The operation was named for its director, SS Major Bernhard Krüger. Burger and his team forged close to 9 million notes with a value of more than a hundred million pounds. For more on this story, please see Operation Bernhard

December 18, 2016: It’s not even broken: 1942 experimental cent struck on glass planchet
 
The only known unbroken example of a 1942 experimental cent struck on a glass planchet is set to cross the auction block Jan. 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
 
Heritage Auctions is offering the piece during its Platinum Night session at the Florida United Numismatists convention in the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center. For more on this coin, please see Glass coin

December 17, 2016: Gold’s major November slump has continued into December
 
The price of gold has continued its November slide during the first half of December, though it is getting a boost on Dec. 14 related to a much-anticipated announcement from Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen.
 
According to Kitco, the price of one ounce of gold stood at $1,163.10 at 12:13 p.m. ET on Dec. 14. That's about $200 less per ounce than gold's high point this year. For more on gold, please see Gold

December 16, 2016: The gold ‘Mercury’ dimes released Thursday are already sold out
 
The thousands of 2016-W Winged Liberty Head gold dimes that were made available Thursday afternoon were completely bought up within 90 minutes or so of going on sale.
 
The United States Mint website currently lists the item as “Sold Out.” For more on these coins, please see Gold ‘Mercury’ dimes are gone

December 15, 2016: Precious metal with a historic link: gold bars from shipwreck in FUN auction
 
Six gold bars ranging in weight from 34.94 ounces to 327.97 ounces that were salvaged from the 1857 shipwreck SS Central America will cross the auction block during Heritage Auctions' Jan. 5 Platinum Night session in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
 
The auction is being held in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists convention at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center. For more on this auction, please see Precious metal with a historic link

December 14, 2016: Thousands of unsold Winged Liberty Head gold dimes are going back on sale
 
Original story: As many as 8,000 to 9,000 unsold 2016-W Winged Liberty Head gold dimes that have been languishing in the U.S. Mint's inventory for almost eight months will be offered for sale by the bureau beginning at noon ET Dec. 15.
 
The unsold coins are returns from individuals who originally ordered and received them as well as product never shipped because orders could not be processed due to expired credit cards or other obstacles. For more on these coins, please see Winged Liberty Head gold dimes

December 13, 2016: The Whydah of 1717: After three decades, the shipwreck continues to impress
 
In the early 1980s, Barry Clifford and his team of explorers made the discovery of a lifetime when they found the Whydah off the coast of Wellfleet, MA.
 
Perhaps that term is an overused cliché, but the chances of finding a shipwreck carrying this kind of weight, both literal and historical, is quite low. For more on this story and two excellent videos, please see The Whydah of 1717

December 12, 2016: ‘Entrance fee’ of $1 (and a phone app) gets you a White House tour
 
Thanks to the White House press office, the White House Historical Association and Nexus Studios, $1 notes have a new use that is anything but monetary in nature.
 
A free app for Android and iPhone or iPad called “1600” was announced by Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Dec. 1. It is called a new way for Americans of all ages to learn about the president’s house and what happens there. All you need to do is download the app, tap “Start” and point the camera of your device at the portrait of George Washington. The seals spin and suddenly you see an interactive 3D video, “1600 — a Year at the White House” in an augmented reality pop-up. For more on this offer, please see $1 gets you a White House tour

December 12, 2016: Share your ideas and research with fellow hobbyists
 
Deliver a Money Talks presentation at the 2017 National Money Show in Orlando.
 
Money Talks features 30-45 minute presentations on a variety of topics. And it's a great venue to shoare your expertise with the numismatic community. The deadline to submit propasals is December 15, 2016. For more on this story, please see Money Talks presentations

December 10, 2016: Low mintage not guaranteed for Uncirculated 2016 American Eagle silver dollar
 
The Uncirculated 2016-W American Eagle silver dollar only went on sale Dec. 1, each with its mandated 30TH ANNIVERSARY edge adornment. The late sale date, however, doesn’t guarantee the coin a low mintage. Coins still in U.S. Mint inventory by Dec. 31 will continue to be offered in calendar year 2017, while supplies last or until the product is pulled from sale.
 
The first day of sales totaled 126,902 coins, according to U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White on Dec. 2. For more on this coin, please see 2016 American Eagle silver dollar

December 9, 2016: A century ago, Mint officials were close to missing a deadline
 
One hundred years this month, Bureau of the Mint officials in Washington and Philadelphia were busy trying to fulfill what they believed to be a statutory requirement to replace the existing designs of the dime, quarter dollar, and half dollar.
 
Charles Barber’s designs for those three silver coins were introduced in 1892 and thus celebrated their 25th anniversary in 1916. That anniversary was important, at least in the views of Mint officials, thanks to an 1890 law. That law was intended to prevent the frequent redesign of U.S. coinage; under the law, Mint officials were prohibited from redesigning a coin unless it had been in use for 25 years, though the Mint could seek congressional approval for a waver to the rule. For more on this story, please see Mint officials close to missing a deadline

December 8, 2016: How changes to Islamic Sharia law could lead to huge rise in gold investing
 
The international organization that sets Sharia law’s financial standards recently opened up gold-investing opportunities within the system of rules honored by many millions of Muslims around the world, potentially allowing for a huge number of new gold investors.
 
The Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions approved new rules on Nov. 19 that allow gold to be used in Islamic finance. The new Sharia rules were established in conjunction with the World Gold Council, which released a statement on the new rules’ approval Dec. 5. For more on this story, please see Changes to Islamic Sharia law?

December 7, 2016: Q. David Bowers: Waldorf-Astoria winding down as public venue in New York City
 
The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City might now be part of my DNA. Way back in the 1950s when I was in my first decade as a professional numismatist (while going to high school and then to Penn State) I usually stayed at the Park Sheraton when I was in the city, as did most coin people. I knew of the Waldorf-Astoria, of course, but had never stayed there.
 
In 1957 I paid the seemingly ridiculous price of $4,750 for a Gem 1894-S Barber dime at Stack’s sale of the Empire Collection. This caused a sensation, and my story was carried in hundreds of newspapers nationwide. I received over 6,000 letters from readers. For more on this story, please see Waldorf-Astoria winding down

December 6, 2016: Tiananmen Square protests lead to rarity of China’s 1989 Dragon and Phoenix coins
 
The outbreak of protests in Tiananmen Square in China in 1989 was felt in the coin hobby when some Chinese coins struck for U.S. sale suddenly became politically undesirable in the United States because of the crackdown.
 
Proof 1989 Dragon and Phoenix coins that had been prepared for release were instead withdrawn and melted, according to Swiss International Coin Auctions, Sincona Ag. Of the 2,538 gold and 7,328 silver coins originally minted, both in 2-ounce size, all but a few examples were melted. For more on these coins, please see China’s 1989 Dragon and Phoenix coins

December 5, 2016: Are plans for Federal Reserve note redesign subject to change by new secretary?
 
Shortly after the Nov. 8 presidential election, some unsubstantiated speculation made the rounds questioning whether the upcoming Trump administration would renege on the plans for redesigning U.S. paper money.
 
“The Challenge of Selecting a New Secretary,” by Bouree Lamm in The Atlantic of Nov. 18, addressed the priorities facing the incoming Treasury secretary. That the currency topic was finally addressed in the final two paragraphs of an otherwise lengthy and wide-ranging analysis is as good an indication as any regarding where that issue sits on a very full plate of them. Among the issues addressed are managing finances, collecting taxes, paying the public debt, supervising national banks, and creating new economic policies related to the deficit and global trade. For more on this story, please see Federal Reserve note redesign?

December 4, 2016: Rainbow toned 1795 silver dollar in Legend auction
 
A beautifully toned 1795 Draped Bust silver dollar will highlight The Regency Auction XIV by Legend Rare Coin Auctions in Las Vegas, Nev., at The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino on Dec. 15.
 
On the colorful dollar Legend writes, “Its first traced auction appearance was in 1956, and since then, only the most elegant ‘numisprose’ has been used to explain the outright gorgeous nature, its technical quality, and physical attributes. For more on this coin, please see Rainbow toned 1795 silver dollar

December 3, 2016: $30 million in counterfeit notes: Secret Service makes its largest seizure ever
 
As has been reported in various media outlets on a consistent basis, Peru has been known for several years as the counterfeiting capital of the world. One report attributed to it as much as 17 percent of the counterfeit currency in the United States.
 
At least some of the activity has now come to an end. On Nov. 17 the Secret Service announced the success of the largest seizure of counterfeit currency in the history of the agency. For more on this seizure, please see $30 million in counterfeit notes

December 2, 2016: Recognize Your Hobby Heroes
 
Who was the special someone that introduced you to your favorite hobby? Is there someone who has done outstanding work in promoting the hobby? Do you know of a club, organization, or business that has done great things for collectors?
 
Each year, the American Numismatic Association bestows service awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. The ANA is now accepting nominations for 2017 service awards and Hall of Fame ("Modern Era" inductees, living or deceased, 1992 to present). For more on this subject, please see Recognize Your Hobby Heroes

December 2, 2016: Why this MS-66 Stone Mountain half dollar brought 10 times the typical price
 
Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosted the official auctions of the Whitman Expo in Baltimore, Nov. 3 to 6. Among the standouts were several high grade 20th century silver coins with beautiful rainbow toning.
 
A coin that has magnificent rich color can sell for many multiples of what a similarly graded untoned coin might bring. Collectors especially covet deep, rich jewel tones that lend an almost cloisonne effect to a coin’s surface. The presence of gorgeous color can give an otherwise common coin a “wow factor” that collectors will happily open their wallets for. For more on this coin, please see MS-66 Stone Mountain half

December 1, 2016: New York International Numismatic Convention
 
Welcome to the 45th New York International Numismatic Convention
 
The NYINC will feature a bourse area consisting of 115 of the leading specialists in world and ancient numismatics and will be held on the 18th floor meeting room level of the Waldorf Astoria. The auction sessions will also be held in the Norse Suite, also on the 18th floor. For more on this announcement, please see New York International Numismatic Convention

December 1, 2016: Numismatics is a lifelong journey
 
2016 marked the 125th anniversary of the ANA. It's been a whirlwind year focused on fostering interest in our hobby, adding more collectors to our ranks, and providing the learning opportunities that our members need and want. The journey never ends. We need you on board.
 
With a gift to the ANA of $250, you’ll receive a limited-edition bronze 125th anniversary medal designed by renowned medallic sculptor Jamie Franki. For a donation of $1,000, you’ll receive a .999-fine-silver version of this beautifully crafted medal. Don’t delay. Only 200 medals are available in bronze; the silver is limited to 25. For more on this offer, please see Numismatics is a lifelong journey

December 1, 2016: How far the price of gold has fallen during its major November decline
 
The price of gold has been falling in recent weeks as economic news has been generally positive and the U.S. stock market has closed at record highs.
 
According to Kitco.com, the price of one ounce of gold stood at $1,176.20 as of 10:18 ET on Nov. 30. That’s lower than any closing price since Feb. 5, when the price closed at $1,150.35. The current price is remarkably reduced from the over-$1,300 prices that were seen earlier in the month immediately following the unexpected Nov. 8 election of President-elect Donald Trump, and lower even than the $1,278 price that the markets settled on at the end of the economically wild Nov. 9. For more on this story, please see How far the price of gold has fallen

November 30, 2016: Unattributed proclamation medal purchase discovered to be extreme rarity
 
An example of now six known silver 1789 East Florida Proclamation medals, this one purchased for under $100 but worth thousands of dollars, is coming to auction Dec. 2 for the first time.
 
Morton & Eden Ltd. in London will offer the medal as Lot 786 in the auction. For more information on this medal, please see Unattributed proclamation medal

November 29, 2016: Bradford Exchange issues coin for Pearl Harbor anniversary
 
The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor falls on Dec. 7, 2016.
 
A new base metal coin from Tristan da Cunha memorializes the “Day that will live in infamy” in American history. For more information on this coin, please see A coin for Pearl Harbor anniversary

November 28, 2016: $30 million in counterfeit notes: Secret Service makes its largest seizure ever
 
As has been reported in various media outlets on a consistent basis, Peru has been known for several years as the counterfeiting capital of the world. One report attributed to it as much as 17 percent of the counterfeit currency in the United States.
 
At least some of the activity has now come to an end. On Nov. 17 the Secret Service announced the success of the largest seizure of counterfeit currency in the history of the agency. For more information on this seizure, please see $30 million in counterfeit notes

November 26, 2016: Mint completes the 2016 Centennial set: Walking Liberty gold half dollar sales begin
 
Sales of the final coin in the U.S. Mint’s 2016 Centennial coin program — the 2016-W Walking Liberty gold half dollar — have gotten underway, and according to the Mint, 43,728 were sold during the first day of sales out of a maximum of 70,000 coins.
 
The half-ounce .999 fine gold coin is priced at $865, a price that carries a $250.60 premium over the gold content of the coin at the London PM Fix of $1,229.20 on Nov. 16. For more information on this coin, please see Mint completes the 2016 Centennial set

November 25, 2016: How a coin’s price can change when it sells in multiple auctions
 
In looking at recent coin auctions, one can’t help but notice the number of coins that return to auction quickly.
 
In reviewing Heritage’s recent New York sale held Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, I noticed one coin that crossed the auction block seven times in the past decade before being offered, again, on Nov. 1. An 1896-O Barber quarter dollar graded Mint State 67 by Professional Coin Grading Service, it failed to meet a reserve of $28,000 and was available after the auction for $32,900 (the reserve plus Heritage’s 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.) For more information on this coin, please see How a coin’s price can change

November 22, 2016: Britain’s 1933 penny another coin that can't be explained
 
Great Britain’s 1933 penny is another coin that can’t be explained fully and has become famous.
 
The subject of media attention, pocket change searches and intrigue for decades, as the Royal Mint Museum website remarks, “this coin, more than any other, has lodged itself in the public consciousness. Indeed, people have spent a lifetime sifting through their coins in a vain attempt to find one.” For more information on this coin, please see Britain’s 1933 penny

November 21, 2016: You’re seeing things: Notes really don’t show a jackass or a devil’s face
 
It is very human to see things that are not there. That’s why we see fantastic animals in the shapes of clouds or imagine a person’s face in the rocks on Earth’s moon or in a rock formation on our own planet.
 
The formal name for this tendency is “pareidolia,” described by experts as a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (for example, the features of the lunar landscape) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. For more information on this tendency, please see You’re seeing things

November 21, 2016: BEST Shipping Insurance for DEALERS and Collectors
 
American Numismatic Association members can save substantially on shipping insurance through the popular online program, Shipandinsure.com.
 
After joining the North American Collectibles Association (NACA) for an introductory six-month trial offer of $45, ANA members can take advantage of this benefit program, ShipandInsure.com, and FedEx discounts on shipping of up to 40% off FedEx rates! For more information, please see Shipping insurance

November 21, 2016: BEST Shipping Insurance for DEALERS and Collectors
 
American Numismatic Association members can save substantially on shipping insurance through the popular online program, Shipandinsure.com.
 
After joining the North American Collectibles Association (NACA) for an introductory six-month trial offer of $45, ANA members can take advantage of this benefit program, ShipandInsure.com, and FedEx discounts on shipping of up to 40% off FedEx rates! For more information, please see Shipping insurance

November 18, 2016: BEST Shipping Insurance for DEALERS and Collectors
 
American Numismatic Association members can save substantially on shipping insurance through the popular online program, Shipandinsure.com.
 
After joining the North American Collectibles Association (NACA) for an introductory six-month trial offer of $45, ANA members can take advantage of this benefit program, ShipandInsure.com, and FedEx discounts on shipping of up to 40% off FedEx rates! For more information, please see Shipping insurance

November 18, 2016: Mint completes the 2016 Centennial set: Walking Liberty gold half dollar sales begin  
Sales of the final coin in the U.S. Mint’s 2016 Centennial coin program — the 2016-W Walking Liberty gold half dollar — have gotten underway, and according to the Mint, 43,728 were sold during the first day of sales out of a maximum of 70,000 coins.
 
The half-ounce .999 fine gold coin is priced at $865, a price that carries a $250.60 premium over the gold content of the coin at the London PM Fix of $1,229.20 on Nov. 16.
 
For more on this coin, please see Walking Liberty gold half


November 15, 2016: Perth Mint lights up holidays with Australian Christmas coin  
The Perth Mint celebrates a Christmas tradition with a new Proof silver collector coin for Australia.
 
The tradition of placing a single candle in the window during Christmas dates back to the beginning of Christmas celebrations. According to tradition, a candle was lit on Christmas Eve symbolizing Christ, the “light of the world.” The candle was left to burn throughout the night and was said to light the way for Mary and Joseph.
 
For more on this coin, please see Australian Christmas coin


November 14, 2016: Pizza store manager discovers it’s only a movie (money, that is)  
Sometimes you just have to use your eyes and forget about the magic pens, security strips, watermarks, and fancy inks. That was the message in a segment aired by WDAF TV in Kansas City on Oct. 31.
 
Several businesses in nearby Independence, Mo., reported receiving counterfeit $100 bills. A manager at a pizza shop said that he used a detector pen to verify a suspicion that he based initially on the feel of the paper.
 
For more on this note, please see Only movie money


November 14, 2016: Catch Up on Your Bowers Series Collection  
ANA MembersReceive 10% off your order with Code A6.
 
A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents, 2nd Edition and A Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins, 2nd Edition.
 
For more on this offer, please see Bowers Series Collection


November 11, 2016: No price bump for an 1889-S Coronet $20 double eagle from the Saddle Ridge Hoard?  
2016 has been a relatively good year for gold.
 
It started the year at $1,072.70 an ounce and then enjoyed steady gains this summer when it routinely hit the $1,350 level. It has moved down from those levels while people wait for the outcome of the presidential election and any potential market response that may impact precious metal prices.
 
For more on this story, please see 1889-S Coronet $20 double eagle


November 10, 2016: ANA Technical Seminars Offered at FUN  
The American Numismatic Association has built a reputation for high-quality, hands-on numismatic training through our Technical Series Seminars. We believe the quality of training can be measured by the knowledge of your instructor, and we are proud to have some of the best instructors in the industry. Our small class size allows you to forge connections with fellow students and instructors alike, providing an opportunity for professional camaraderie and networking. Enroll now--space is limited.
 
The ANA’s School of Numismatics is offering two educational seminars held in conjunction with the 62nd Annual FUN Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins” and "Ancient Greek Coinage: An Overview of the World's First Coins" will be offered prior to the FUN show. Both seminars take place Jan. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
For more on this school, please see ANA Technical Seminars


November 10, 2016: Gold skyrockets, then falls back to earth, in wake of Donald Trump victory over Hillary Clinton  
Kitco reports that the price of gold Wednesday evening had fallen back below $1,300.
 
As of 5:16 p.m. ET the price of gold stood at $1,278.20 per ounce. As you'll read in the original post below, that figure is actually down slightly from Monday's close.
 
For more on this report, please see Gold skyrockets


November 8, 2016: ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminars at FUN Convention  
The American Numismatic Association’s School of Numismatics is offering a pair of educational courses held in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention. “Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins” and “Ancient Greek Coinage: An Overview of the World’s First Coins” will be offered prior to the FUN show, Jan. 3-4. The FUN Convention begins Jan. 5 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. Register for the two-day seminars by Nov. 30 for a $20 early enrollment discount; take another $40 off if you're an ANA life member.
 
Sharpen your grading skills! Knowledge of coin grading not only makes you more confident on the bourse floor, but also adds to your enjoyment of the hobby by helping take the worry out of numismatic purchases. Learn how U.S. coins should be graded according to the latest ANA and market standards. The seminar covers many topics and emphasizes the fundamental principles of grading circulated U.S. coins, including the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a coin’s focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, luster and eye appeal.
 
For more on this announcement, please see ANA School of Numismatics


November 8, 2016: British Virgin Islands issues warning about fake coins in marketplace  
Fake British Virgin Islands coins are being offered online including through some eBay sellers.
 
The Government of the British Virgin Islands on Oct. 27 announ­ced that a slew of the pieces, actually fantasy pieces of designs that were never issued, were coming from a producer in Russia.
 
For more on these coins, please see Fake British Virgin Islands coins


November 7, 2016: Invisible ink? No, just a polymer note, an eraser and someone too easily bored  
Multiple Scottish media reports inform that not only can polymer notes be baked and fried to shrink them, but the ink on them can also be erased to the extent that they are nearly unrecognizable. The discovery was made by a print center manager named Stuart McLean, who decided to experiment on a new Clydesdale Bank £5 note with a pencil eraser. He learned that he could remove large parts of the note’s ink, leaving only serial numbers and the see-through hologram.
 
McLean told the Scotland Herald in an interview: “I had a bit of down time at work and we were talking about the new note, and I happened to have one on me so I got it out and noticed it had a dirty mark. I used a pencil eraser to rub it out and I found that the ink underneath rubbed away as well. I kept on going and was able to turn one side completely white.” He then disclosed that he tried the same thing on a Bank of England polymer £5 note with similar results.
 
For more on this note, please see Invisible ink?


November 7, 2016: Switch today and you could save hundreds' with Liberty Mutual  
As a member of the American Numismatic Association, you're eligible for an exclusive discount on auto and home insurance with Liberty Mutual. Save even more when you combine both policies with our Multi-Policy discount.
 
Multi-Policy Discount includes, Accident Forgiveness, Your rate won't increase due to your first accident. Personal Property Replacement, Covered items that are damaged get replaced with an exact or near match, 24-Hour Claims Assistance, ready to help whenever you need it.
 
For more on this policy, please see Liberty Mutual


November 6, 2016: Auction features space-flown medals from American space program
 
Medals that have flown aboard spacecraft from America's space program are among the collectibles to be offered in a Nov. 11 sale by Heritage Auctions.
 
Among the items to be offered are medals from the Apollo 7, Apollo 11 and Gemini 6A missions, including an Apollo 11 medal originally from the personal collection of the mission command module pilot, Michael Collins.
 
For more on these coins, please see Auction features space-flown medals


November 5, 2016: Finding a key identifier on a fake key-date 1893-S Morgan dollar
 
The fake illustrated here is a slightly better counterfeit of a rare date Morgan silver dollar.
 
Thousands of fake 1893-S Morgan dollars have found their way into the U.S. rare coin marketplace over the last few years. I would rate this piece as moderately well made, but with enough defects that the average collector should be able to verify that it is not genuine.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1893-S Morgan dollar


November 4, 2016: The U.S. coins we were using the last time the Cubs won the World Series
 
In case you just came out from under your rock, the news of the day is that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series Wednesday night in Cleveland.
 
It was the Team Formerly Known as the Lovable Losers’ first title since 1908.
 
For more on this story, please see The U.S. coins we were using


November 3, 2016: ANA Launches The Grading Game
 
To give coin collectors the grading confidence they desire, the ANA has launched The Grading Game, a clever website resource designed to help collectors become more familiar with the ANA's grading standards.
 
Grading is a learned skill that requires the proper tools, knowledge of the particular series and tons of practice. Criteria are subject to variation and differences of opinion. Moreover, interpretations in the marketplace can and do vary, sometimes widely over time.
 
For more on this game, please see ANA Launches The Grading Game


November 3, 2016: Where does a strong October leave 2016 American Eagle bullion sales totals?
 
For the first time in several months, the United States Mint recorded year-over-year growth in sales of gold and silver American Eagle bullion coins.
 
Where does that leave the 10-month 2016 totals versus 2015 and 2014?
 
For more on this article, please see 2016 American Eagle bullion sales


November 2, 2016: Q. David Bowers: Consider building a specialized collection to enhance enjoyment
 
When I began collecting coins in 1952, the emphasis was on collecting coins. No one cared about the price of gold or silver bullion, there were no telemarketers, and no coin sellers advertised on television. Collecting was a lot of fun.
 
Today, many coin buyers are not collectors at all. They do not acquire coins systematically to build sets. At the moment, the coin market is in a state of flux.
 
For more on this topic, please see Consider building a specialized collection


November 1, 2016: Nominate a Notable Numismatist for a Service Award
 
Each year, the American Numismatic Association bestows a host of service awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. The ANA is now accepting nominations for 2017 service awards.
 
Nominate a worthy numismatist here, or download the nomination form. Nominations are due, in writing, Jan. 15, 2017 by 12 p.m. (MST).
 
For more on this announcement, please see Nominate a Notable Numismatist


November 1, 2016: Popular President Ronald Reagan oft-honored on non-U.S. coins
 
Though he is not without critics, President Reagan remains one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century.
 
His optimism and wit earned him favor with many citizens, and conservative politicians invoke his name when making promises for policy proposals and pleas for a better future.
 
For more on this story, please see President Ronald Reagan


October 31, 2016: Stock footage company marketing video clips of BEP operations in 1920
 
A nine-second promotional video from a service called Framepool offers a rarely seen glimpse of the currency printing process in the days of four-subject sheets.
 
The clip is one of several offered for sale under the subject heading “Bureau of Engraving and Printing / Money Printing Company / Washington / USA / 1920.” It shows the work involved in printing one sheet of currency, that if you look closely enough, you will see it is from the Third Charter Period of national bank notes. The scene is a far cry from the promotional videos put out by the BEP today and is a reminder of how far things have come.
 
For more on this video, please see Video clips of BEP operations


October 29, 2016: The extremely rare gold coin that was found among a child’s ‘pirate treasure’ cache
 
From an 18th century Spanish treasure ship, to a 20th century child’s toy chest — sometimes a rare coin’s journey can be humbling.
 
Boningtons Fine Art Auctioneers announced Oct. 23 that it will be offering a British Queen Anne “Vigo” gold 5-guinea coin struck from gold seized by the British from a Spanish fleet in Vigo Bay on Oct. 23, 1702, exactly 314 years before the Boningtons announcement.
 
For more on this coin, please see Rare gold coin


October 28, 2016: Ordering restrictions lifted for 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles set
 
The U.S. Mint removed the household order limit for the 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles set Oct. 27.
 
Collectors may now order as many sets as they want from what remains in the Mint’s inventory of the maximum authorization of 150,000 sets.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Ordering restrictions lifted


October 26, 2016: Save time and bypass the lines
 
It’s not too early to be making plans for the American Numismatic Association's 2017 National Money Show in Orlando. The convention takes place March 9-11 in West Hall E of the Orange County Convention Center at 9400 Universal Blvd.
 
ANA members can bypass the admission lines by pre-registering for the show at www.nationalmoneyshow.com, or calling 800-514-2646.
 
For more on this notice, please see Save time and bypass the lines


October 25, 2016: ‘Eid Mar’ denarius of Brutus brings in over $300,000 in auction
 
The market for premium ancient Greek and Roman coins continues to thrive, based on recent auction results in sales in Europe.
 
Recent offerings of major collections, as well as scattered highlights of iconic coins, provide proof that the top end of the market is, for the most part, cruising right along. Some weakness is evident when material isn’t superb quality, but top items bring top prices.
 
For more on this story, please see ‘Eid Mar’ denarius of Brutus


October 24, 2016: Collector alchemy: How paper was turned into silver during four years in the 1960s
 
Not everyone reads the “fine print,” but in the mid-1960s, reading and acting on the fine print found on a particular class of U.S. paper money meant big profits for thousands of individuals and businesses.
 
Intermediate paper money collectors have learned that certain classes of 19th century American notes have different legal redemption clauses. Advanced collectors who also happen to be lawyers may fully understand all of the fine print regarding tariffs and duties. Normal collectors — normal people — do not! And for that matter, don’t care — and never have.
 
For more on this story, please see How paper was turned into silver


October 22, 2016: Bank of England’s new £5 polymer bank note is shrinking, but not how you think
 
Maybe its a function of too many people with too much time on their hands. Just when you thought that everything that could be said about the new Bank of England £5 note had been said already, the English newspaper The Telegraph gave us more.
 
A story datelined Oct. 3 said that although the new “fivers” would be cleaner, safer and stronger than their paper predecessors, an official test by the Bank of England in 2013 revealed that the polymer substrate was susceptible to high temperatures and that they begin to shrink and melt at temperatures over 248 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
For more on this new note, please see New £5 polymer bank note is shrinking


October 21, 2016: Will the 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles set be a bust?
 
Has the ship sailed on limited-edition U.S. Mint products, or is there still unlimited collector interest?
 
The Oct. 11 release of the Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles set would suggest interest is somewhat waning.
 
For more on this story, please see 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles set


October 20, 2016: New Zealand’s Canvastown was once a gold rush community — could it happen again?
 
New Zealand’s Canvastown hosted its first rush of gold miners in 1864, changing the landscape and financial fabric of the region.
 
Now, 150 years later, Canvastown, located 31 miles northwest of Blenheim, may experience another gold boom.
 
For more on this story, please see Could it happen again?


October 19, 2016: Q. David Bowers: How to be an astute U.S. coin buyer in 2016
 
Today, coin buyers can be divided into two categories: (1) informed and aware of the nuances of the marketplace and (2) uninformed and don’t care — the labels on holders are all they need.
 
I believe we all know or agree that no expert or group of experts can consistently tell the difference between, say, Mint State 66 and MS-67, or MS-64+ and MS-66. For this reason the same coin graded by the same service on two different occasions can have two different grades.
 
For more on this subject, please see How to be an astute U.S. coin buyer


October 18, 2016: When Germany engaged in 'economic terrorism'
 
Small coinage was a big deal in Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries.
 
When the Thirty Years’ War broke out in 1618, the real silver value of fractional coinage in the Holy Roman Empire had already been debased by tremendous margins. The period of further debasement that followed is now known as the Kipper und Wipper period. Heidelberger Münzhandlung Herbert Grün offers a collection of Kipper und Wipper coins at the firm’s Nov. 8 and 9 auction Nos. 69 and 70.
 
For more on this coin, please see 'Economic terrorism'


October 17, 2016: Academy Award nominated actress depicted on new bank note of Sweden
 
The Riksbank, the Swedish central bank, completed the introduction of its new currency series on Oct. 3 when it introduced its new 100- and 500-krona bank notes and new 1-, 2-, and 5-krona coins. This completes a transformation that began in 2015, when 20-, 50-, 200-, and 1,000-krona notes were released.
 
The new notes feature a pair of Swedish icons and are unified in their style. The 100-krona note is dedicated to Greta Garbo, the reclusive Swedish-American actress and three-time Academy Award nominee. Her portrait appears on the face of the note, while the back shows a panoramic view of Stockholm, where she grew up.
 
For more on this new note, please see Actress depicted on new bank note


October 16, 2016: Would you like to add an 1870-S Seated Liberty dollar to your collection?
 
One of just nine confirmed 1870-S Seated Liberty dollars will be offered by Heritage Auctions at its Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 auctions in New York at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The silver dollar is one of perhaps a dozen examples struck, possibly to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new San Francisco Mint.
 
Graded Extremely Fine 40 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., it last sold at Heritage’s January 2015 Florida United Numismatists auction where it brought $470,000. Before that it sold for a massive $805,000 at Heritage’s April 2008 auction of the Queller Family Collection.
 
For more on the 1870-S Seated Liberty dollar, please see 1870-S Seated Liberty dollar


October 15, 2016: So you think that American Eagle silver dollar from the flea market is a bargain?
 
Manufacturers of the counterfeit Proof 2016-W American Eagle silver dollars that have begun to enter the marketplace were apparently unaware that the genuine U.S. Mint issues bear an incuse 30th anniversary edge inscription on a smooth, not reeded edge.
 
Virginia collector Andrew Castellano said he purchased on Oct. 1 at a Lynchburg, Va., flea market what turns out to be a counterfeit Proof 2016-W American Eagle and a fake Proof 2015-W piece. Castellano said he paid $20 each for the pieces.
 
For more on these counterfeits, please see Counterfeit Proof 2016-W American Eagle silver dollars


October 14, 2016: Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures - Autographed by Author Q. David Bowers
 
"Step inside. You won't believe your eyes…." Every story inside this book is true.
 
Tales of treasure from sunken ships, bank vaults and reserves, hidden compartments, buried chests and boxes, vintage safes, hiding places of pirates and privateers, old cornerstones, barrels and casks, Mint and Treasury storage, wrecked buildings, caves and crevices, ancient estates, dusty time capsules, forgotten collections, attics and basements, and other lost and hidden places.
 
For more on this book, please see Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures


October 14, 2016: Weinman’s masterpiece: 100 years of the Walking Liberty half dollar
 
In a time of war abroad, economic disruption at home and discord at the United States Mint, the Walking Liberty half dollar, which marks its centennial this year, was conceived.
 
During the coin’s life of circulation, two world wars bracketed the Great Depression.
 
For more on the Walking Liberty half dollar, please see Walking Liberty half dollar


October 13, 2016: Concerned about the authenticity of precious metals bars you may own?
 
The first report of a counterfeit 1-ounce platinum PAMP Suisse bar in fake packaging comes from a bullion dealer in southwest Ohio.
 
Donald Herres from Dollartowne in Bellbrook said that on Sept. 21, another dealer, who had bought the bars from a walk-in customer, presented Herres with three of them for purchase. (The other dealer wishes to remain anonymous).
 
For more on this counterfeit, please see Counterfeit 1-ounce platinum


October 12, 2016: ‘Hogge money’ reborn on counterstamped 2016 Kennedy half dollars
 
Counterstamped 2016 Kennedy half dollars mark the 400th anniversary of Bermuda’s “Hogge money.”
 
The crude coins issued 400 years ago are the first items listed in the standard reference known informally as the “Red Book.”
 
For more on this ‘Hogge money’, please see ‘Hogge money’


October 11, 2016: Recently salvaged shipwreck gold from 1715 Plate Fleet reaches market
 
Nearly 300 gold coins discovered nearly 300 years after the famous 1715 Plate Fleet shipwreck are now coming to the market.
 
The coins are worth an estimat­ed $1 million or more, according to John Albanese, who brokered the deal between the salvors and the firms now selling the coins.
 
For more on this treasure, please see Gold from 1715 Plate Fleet


October 10, 2016: Be prepared to be rejected at Netherlands businesses when sticking to tradition
 
As much as cash remains an essential part of daily life in countries such as Germany and Switzerland, the exact opposite may be true not far from those borders.
 
And, at least according to the BBC, it may be on the verge of extinction in some places.
 
For more on this problem, please see Be prepared to be rejected at Netherlands businesses


October 8, 2016: Q. David Bowers: Coin certification worth the fee for comfort of assured authenticity
 
Just as it was years ago, it is up to a sophisticated buyer endeav­oring to build a great collection to study the coin itself or, today unlike yesteryear, a needle-sharp image of it. A certified coin is a great start.
 
Last week I gave positive aspect No. 1 for a coin “slabbed” by a third-party grading service: The numbers on slabs appear to newcomers to be scientific and precise. Hence, certification acts like a magnet to bring thousands of new faces into numismatics, who might not come if only “Mint State,” “Very Fine,” or other adjectives were used.
 
For more on this certification, please see Coin certification


October 7, 2016: What’s in Your Pocket Change?
 
You could have a collectible coin in your pocket change that might be worth hundreds of dollars.
 
To encourage budding coin collectors, the American Numismatic Association – the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted to coin collecting – launched Treasures in Your Pocket, an innovative website resource that provides information to anyone embarking on a numismatic treasure hunt. Treasures in Your Pocket highlights the initial “coin hunting” steps for beginners to take, preparing them to recognize the subtle nuances and variations of a collectible coin.
 
For more on this subject, please see Your Pocket Change


October 7, 2016: This Kennedy half dollar sold for $2,485 because it’s missing something few others are
 
Heritage’s Sept. 8 auction of a 1964 Kennedy half dollar with a Special Mint set finish, graded SMS Mint State 67 by Professional Coin Grading Service, for $47,000 has shined a spotlight on the Kennedy half dollar series.
 
Today, few people handle Kennedy half dollars daily in their pocket change, but collectors covet rare examples in top grades and spend substantial sums to acquire the finest examples.
 
For more on these coins, please see Kennedy half dollar missing something


October 6, 2016: 2016 American Eagle silver bullion monthly sales continue to lag 2015 and 2014
 
American Eagle silver bullion coins had another slow month, as total sales in September 2016 were well below September 2015 and September 2014 levels.
 
The U.S. Mint reported sales of 1,675,000 American Eagle silver bullion coins in September. That's up slightly from July and August — when 1,370,000 and 1,280,000 coins were sold, respectively — but down from the previous two Septembers.
 
For more on these sales, please see 2016 American Eagle silver bullion sales


October 5, 2016: Why a recently sold Kennedy half dollar is a registry collector’s dream coin
 
Heritage’s Sept. 8 auction of a 1964 Kennedy half dollar with a Special Mint set finish, graded SMS Mint State 67 by Professional Coin Grading Service, for $47,000 has shined a spotlight on the Kennedy half dollar series.
 
Today, few people handle Kennedy half dollars daily in their pocket change, but collectors covet rare examples in top grades and spend substantial sums to acquire the finest examples.
 
For more on this coin, please see Kennedy half dollar


October 4, 2016: Royal Canadian Mint ‘cashes in’ on royal visit from Duke, Duchess of Cambridge  
When royalty visits Canada, numismatic commemorations are bound to follow, and that remains true in 2016.
 
Canada's practice of issuing medals or coins to mark visits of royalty goes back decades, and for the 2016 visit of the UK's famous family of four, the Royal Canadian Mint continues the tradition, in 2016 with a Proof .9999 fine silver $20 coin.
 
For more on this coin, please see Visit from the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge


October 3, 2016: ANA Unveils Treasures In Your Pocket  
To encourage budding coin collectors, the ANA has launched Treasures in Your Pocket, an innovative website resource that provides information to anyone embarking on a numismatic treasure hunt. Treasures in Your Pocket highlights the initial “coin hunting” steps for beginners to take, which will prepare them to recognize the subtle nuances and variations of a collectible coin.
 
It can be difficult recognizing the difference between ordinary pocket change and a collectible coin, but the opportunity still exists to find something rare and unique. Treasures in Your Pocket not only provides hobbyists with specific strategies and information for spotting collectible coins in spare change, but also offers a gateway to the broader world of collecting. For instance, in 2014 a collector discovered a 1969-S Lincoln cent in his pocket change. Upon further inspection, he realized it was a rare doubled die cent. The value of his find? $19,800.
 
For more on this subject, please see Treasures In Your Pocket


October 3, 2016: Spink’s November stock and bonds auction has a current events link  
Bonds and stock certificates do not usually have the cachet of paper money, nor do they command the same prices. For artistry, history and topical interest, however, they can often rise to equal status.
 
On Nov. 10 in London, as part of a larger auction of bonds and stock shares, Spink will offer what it is labeling “The Casino Collection.” More formally, it is the Helmut-Stahl Collection, described as the world’s biggest collection of casino shares. It comprises almost 300 items from over 20 countries, issued between 1830 and recent times.
 
For more on this auction, please see November stock and bonds auction


October 2, 2016: Would you like a piece of history that’s out of this world?  
Coins, paper money and medals that have flown aboard American spacecraft are among the lots to be offered in an online sale Oct. 13 to 20 by RR Auction.
 
Of the lots offered, 517 are dedicated to space collectibles. A 22.5 percent buyer’s fee will be added to the final total hammer price of each lot won.
 
For more on this auction, please see Out of this world?


October 1, 2016: Where will platinum bar and coin investment demand end in 2016?  
Investment demand during 2016 is expected to expand by 45,000 ounces, to 350,000 ounces in 2016, while specific bar and coin demand is anticipated to dip from 2015 levels, according to the World Platinum Investment Council’s latest quarter report.
 
“The strong level of bar buying in Japan has eased through the first half of the year and is expected to continue to moderate in the second half as the yen is predicted to weaken against the U.S. dollar, raising the platinum price in yen terms,” according to the WPIC report.
 
For more on this subject, please see Where will platinum be?


September 30, 2016: This coin board contains no coins, so why did it sell for more than $500?  
A rare coin board established a new price record during an eBay auction that closed Sept. 20.
 
According to specialist and author David Lange, who has tracked the coin collecting board market for years, the rare Earl & Koehler brand coin board sold for $569, more than twice what a similar board has sold for previously. Shipping and handling are an additional $5.95.
 
For more on this coin board, please see This coin board contains no coins


September 29, 2016: Where will platinum bar and coin investment demand end in 2016?  
Investment demand during 2016 is expected to expand by 45,000 ounces, to 350,000 ounces in 2016, while specific bar and coin demand is anticipated to dip from 2015 levels, according to the World Platinum Investment Council’s latest quarter report.
 
“The strong level of bar buying in Japan has eased through the first half of the year and is expected to continue to moderate in the second half as the yen is predicted to weaken against the U.S. dollar, raising the platinum price in yen terms,” according to the WPIC report.
 
For more on this subject, please see Where will platinum be?


September 28, 2016: Q. David Bowers: The advantages third-party grading offers collectors  
Recently, I have received more than 100 letters from Coin World readers who have experienced gradeflation or who have been harmed by it. Just about everybody is happy if they own a coin graded, say, Mint State 63 in 1990 and today in 2016 it grades MS-65.
 
However, one reader told me he lost several hundred thousand dollars by buying most of the top-graded certified 1909-S Lincoln, V.D.B. cents years ago, because now many dozens of such coins are certified, many of them upgraded.
 
For more on this grading, please see Advantages third-party grading


September 27, 2016: American Numismatic Association Selects Host Cities for 2020 and 2021 World’s Fair of Money®  
Site selection for the 2020 and 2021 World’s Fair of Money was a major topic of discussion during meetings of the American Numismatic Association’s Board of Governors at the Anaheim World’s Fair of Money in August. Pittsburgh was selected as host city for the 2020 show, while the 2021 show is slated to return to Rosemont, Ill., (a suburb of Chicago near the O’Hare Airport).
 
In other World’s Fair of Money news, the ANA Board of Governors agreed to abbreviate the 2017 PNG/ANA Numismatic Tradeshow to one day; the show is traditionally held immediately prior to the World’s Fair of Money. The preshow event takes place Monday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Colorado Convention Center, followed by the Denver World’s Fair of Money from Aug. 1-5.
 
For more on these shows, please see ANA Selects Host Cities


September 27, 2016: Royal Canadian Mint highlights hunter, hunted on small gold coin for 2017  
The hunter and hunted are joined together in the design on a 2017 gold coin from the Royal Canadian Mint.
 
The reverse of the Proof .9999 fine gold 25 cents — the third in a four-coin Predator vs. Prey series — features a design by Inuit artist Andrew Qappik.
 
For more on this coin, please see Canadian Mint highlights hunter, hunted


September 26, 2016: Specimen notes top the lots in Dix Noonan Webb auction at Coinex  
The week of Coinex, the international coin show in London organized by the British Numismatic Trade Association, will include a 790-lot auction of world paper money by Dix Noonan Webb on Oct. 3.
 
The DNW auction is almost equally divided between notes of Britain, Scotland, and Ireland, and those from the rest of the world.
 
For more on this paper money auction, please see Specimen notes top the lots


September 24, 2016: Roman coins that depict buildings that still stand are highly coveted  
Coins depicting architecture of ancient Rome have long been among the most sought after, not only because their designs are often attractive, but also because they are usually valuable in reconstructing the appearance of buildings, temples, and monuments that no longer exist.
 
Even more coveted are coins that depict ancient structures that survive, the population of which is far smaller than the category of vanished structures.
 
For more on these coins, please see Roman coins


September 24, 2016: You can now order as many Standing Liberty gold quarter dollars as you want  
Collectors are able to order as many 2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial gold quarter dollars as they want, since noon ET Sept. 21.
 
The U.S. Mint lifted the household ordering restriction imposed Sept. 8 that limited buyers to ordering just one coin. The introductory price was $485, the same price charged now that the ordering limit is lifted.
 
For more on this coin, please see Standing Liberty gold quarter dollar


September 23, 2016: You can now order as many Standing Liberty gold quarter dollars as you want  
Collectors are able to order as many 2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial gold quarter dollars as they want, since noon ET Sept. 21.
 
The U.S. Mint lifted the household ordering restriction imposed Sept. 8 that limited buyers to ordering just one coin. The introductory price was $485, the same price charged now that the ordering limit is lifted.
 
For more on this coin, please see Standing Liberty gold quarter dollar


September 22, 2016: Michigan State Senate Honors ANA  
The Michigan State Senate has passed a resolution recognizing the 125th anniversary of the American Numismatic Association (ANA).
 
The concept of an American Numismatic Association was born in the state of Michigan. ANA founder George F. Heath, M.D., of Monroe, Michigan, was one of the first to suggest the establishment of a national association of coin collectors. Heath began publishing a monthly paper—The Numismatist—in 1888, which was devoted entirely to the numismatic hobby. The Association was formally founded in October 1891.
 
For more on this honor, please see Michigan State Senate Honors ANA


September 22, 2016: What are the odds of a gold American Eagle being struck on the wrong planchet?  
Start checking those 2014 American Eagle 1-ounce gold bullion coins. You might be lucky enough to come across an example that was struck on an American Buffalo .9999 fine gold $50 planchet instead of the intended American Eagle .9167 fine gold $50 planchet. The folks at APMEX did.
 
Professional Coin Grading Service graded and encapsulated an example of the wrong planchet error that APMEX submitted to the grading service after identifying the coin’s gold fineness as suspect. APMEX is an online seller of precious metals coins and one of the U.S. Mint’s authorized purchasers for American Eagle and American Buffalo bullion coins.
 
For more on this coin, please see American Eagle struck on the wrong planchet


September 21, 2016: 1852 30-ounce gold Henry Clay medal sells at auction for $346,000  
The 1852 Henry Clay medal struck by the U.S. Mint on a 30-ounce gold planchet fabricated from California gold realized $346,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 17 sale.
 
The auction was a joint endeavor between Heritage and The Rail Splitter, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication for enthusiasts of Abraham Lincoln and related memorabilia.
 
For more on this auction, please see 30-ounce gold Henry Clay medal


September 20, 2016: Where no mints had gone before: Star Trek coins mark anniversary  
In recent years it seems like virtually every movie or television series that features superheroes or other iconic characters has been the subject of a commemorative coin or series issued by a world mint.
 
But some of the subjects of these coins stand out from others and are of interest to more than just die-hard fans.
 
For more on these coins, please see Star Trek coins mark anniversary


September 19, 2016: Were you there when the BEP had to ‘COPE’ with paper money anomalies?  
It’s been 40 years since an unprecedented flood of Federal Reserve note errors began pouring into circulation.
 
The errors showed the overprinted elements — green serial numbers and Treasury shield, and black Federal Reserve seal and numbers — upside down on large numbers of notes. Reports of the first examples of the inverted overprint errors came in late October 1976 from Philadelphia professional numismatist Harry J. Forman who discovered a 30-note sequence of misprinted Series $1 Federal Reserve notes.
 
For more on these errors, please see Federal Reserve note errors


September 17, 2016: What will the Proof 2016 American Eagle silver dollar cost collectors?  
Initial pricing for the Proof 2016-W American Eagle silver dollar will be $53.95, according to a Sept. 8 notice by the U.S. Mint posted in the Federal Register. The coin has a special edge inscription recognizing the 30th anniversary of the 1986 debut of the 1-ounce silver bullion piece.
 
In comparison, the Proof 2015-W American Eagle silver dollar was initially offered for $48.95.
 
For more on these coins, please see Proof 2016 American Eagle silver dollar


September 16, 2016: Are you aware the 2016-W Walking Liberty gold half dollars are in production?  
Production has begun for the 2016-W Walking Liberty gold half dollar.
 
Illustrated above is an example of one of the coins from early production.
 
For more on these coins, please see 2016-W Walking Liberty gold half dollar


September 15, 2016: 2016 sales of 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollars second only to 2011  
Sales by the United States Mint of America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollars in 2016 are second only to 2011, with one coin still to be released before year’s end.
 
Through Sept. 13, sales for the first four 2016 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion coins reached 246,100 coins or 1,230,500 ounces. 2011 sales for the first four issues of 2011 reached 416,400 coins or 2,082,000 ounces. Total 2011 sales reached 465,100 coins, or 2,325,500 ounces of silver.
 
For more on these coins, please see Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion


September 14, 2016: With so many grades and so much inconsistency in grading, what is a collector to do?  
The American Numismatic Association grading standards lists Mint State grades from 60 to 70, plus in recent times, 10 more + grades from 60 to 69, giving 21 grades in all. These are not defined either in writing or in photographs, and no person can consistently grade coins in this area.
 
Moreover, it is a game to resub­mit coins to get upgrades. Many coins graded MS-63 and -64 20 years ago are MS-65 and -66 now.
 
For more on this coin, please see What is a collector to do?


September 13, 2016: Gold pattern fit for a king heads to London auction in September  
An artifact from an effort to issue a gold £5 coin in Industrial Age Britain highlights St. James’s Auctions’ Sept. 30 sale in London, in conjunction with the Coinex show.
 
The 1820 £5 pattern created by famed engraver Benedetto Pistrucci was never issued, and according to the auction house the piece is one of the truly rare 19th century English gold coins.
 
For more on this coin, please see Gold pattern fit for a king


September 12, 2016: What the Soviet Union would have used for money in NATO nations after an invasion  
A stunning story of a highly classified Cold War currency intended for use should that war become hot was broken by The Guardian on Aug. 19.
 
The top-secret notes were given the code name “E-17” and were printed by the Warsaw Pact for use in captured NATO countries potentially including Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. Their existence was top-secret until 2015, 24 years after the alliance of the Soviet Union and six of its puppet states dissolved. Their existence was disclosed in August by Narodowy Bank Polski (National Bank of Poland).
 
For more on these notes, please see Money in NATO nations


September 10, 2016: Why did an 1880 $1 United States note in 2014 auction bring 100 times its normal price?  
Coin World’s managing editor, Bill Gibbs, discovered probably one of the poorest quality pieces of U.S. paper currency ever sold at public auction as he was going though a Bonhams 2014 sale called “Treasures from The Caren Archive — How History Unfolds on Paper.” The noteworthy aspect of his discovery wasn’t the note’s miserable condition, but rather that the $1 Series 1880 United States note (Friedberg 28) sold for $15,000, or about 100 times what would normally be expected.
 
That’s because it is the story behind the note and its direct link to Thomas Alva Edison that are important. Its face is virtually obliterated by an inscription in ink, matching the reddish brown color of the seal, that reads in full: “This bill is one from a total amount of $50.40 which was the first bill collected for the sale of Edison Electric Light in first Central Station District, New York City. Jan. 18 / 1883. Ansonia Brass & Copper Company. 17 & 19 Cliff Street. This light was furnished through a Meter. Chas. L. Clarke.” The note is then signed twice more in black ink by Charles L. Clarke.
 
For more on this note, please see An 1880 $1 United States note


September 9, 2016: Switch today and you could save hundreds' with Liberty Mutual  
As a member of the American Numismatic Association, you're eligible for an exclusive discount on auto and home insurance with Liberty Mutual. Save even more when you combine both policies with our Multi-Policy discount.
 
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For more on this policy, please see Liberty Mutual


September 8, 2016: ANA Honors Heinrich and Paonessa with Service Awards  
The American Numismatic Association (ANA) formally recognized David Heinrich and Jason Paonessa for their contributions to the hobby and the Association on Aug. 11 during the Member Donor Reception at the Anaheim World's Fair of Money.
 
Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Memorial Award for outstanding Adult Advisor. In appreciation of his mentorship and exceptional contributions, David Heinrich was named the 2016 Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Outstanding Adult Advisor. This award is presented annually to an individual who has recruited and coached Young Numismatists, while aiding in the development of intermediate to advanced young collectors.
 
For more on these awards, please see Service Awards


September 8, 2016: Another large gold nugget has been discovered, and this time it’s in the U.S.  
It may not be 145 ounces, but it’s still quite a find.
 
A Modesto, Calif., man discovered an 18-ounce gold nugget in a river about 60 miles outside of Stockton, Calif., last week, according to San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX. Oscar Espinoza reported the find to a friend on the afternoon of Aug. 30.
 
For more on this find, please see Another large gold nugget


September 7, 2016: Q. David Bowers: With grading standards established, why can’t everyone agree?  
Decades ago, there were no grading standards. Then, in 1970, Jim Ruddy published Photograde, which gave images of coins in circulated grades, but did not address variations in Mint State.
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors decided to take action.
 
For more on grading standards, please see Grading standards


September 6, 2016: Fighting paper money counterfeiters with mirrors (microscopic ones, that is)  
Some new security devices for paper currency based on the concept of “micro mirror technology” were introduced at the Banknote Conference 2016 last May in Washington. They were developed by the German firm Giesecke & Devrient and its Louisenthal subsidiary. The micro mirror technology that two of the devices make use of involves the incorporation of microscopic mirrors into a note.
 
The first device is named Rolling Star LEAD, a security foil with microscopic mirrors technology. The foil is described by the manufacturer as making use of optical variable device effects including color shifts and three-dimensional images. Giesecke & Devrient calls the security foil different not only for its use of multiple techniques and innovations but also in the “intuitive” way it enables recognition. The firm says creating new 3D effects and adding vividness to enliven portraits are now possible. According to the firm, RollingStar LEAD’s dynamic effects can be recognized even in poor lighting conditions to allow for quicker authentication.
 
For more on this test, please see Fighting paper money counterfeiters


September 5, 2016: ANA conventioneers to have chance to see 1974-D aluminum cent  
United States Mint officials are fulfilling a promise to publicly exhibit the 1974-D Lincoln aluminum cent when the mysterious piece goes on view at the Mint's booth at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.
 
The coin will be on view during show hours Aug. 9 to 13 at the booth shared jointly by the Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, according to a press release from the BEP. Both Treasury Department agencies will sell products at the convention as well as display rarities from their heritage archives like the 1974-D aluminum cent and sheets of $100,000 notes.
 
For more on this coin, please see The 1974-D aluminum cent


September 4, 2016: American Eagle silver bullion just had its slowest sales month since 2013  
After record-setting American Eagle silver bullion coin sales totals in 2014 and 2015, a sales-record three-peat is starting to look less likely: the U.S. Mint just reported its slowest sales month in years.
 
Only 1,370,000 American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion coins were sold in July. That's the lowest monthly total since December 2013, when 1,200,000 of the coins were sold.
 
For more on these sales, please see American Eagle silver bullion sales


September 3, 2016: Sponsors Pledge Support for the 2016 Anaheim World’s Fair of Money  
Many organizations and individuals play a part in ensuring the World’s Fair of Money retains a strong educational focus. Thanks to the support of 25 dedicated sponsors and over 75 individual patrons, this year’s show is guaranteed to be the biggest, most educational numismatic event of the year.
 
The convention takes place Aug. 9-13 in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center at 800 West Katella Ave., adjacent to Disneyland, in Anaheim, Calif.
 
For more on this pledge, please see Sponsors Pledge Support


September 3, 2016: Langbord family loses appeal to regain ownership of 1933 double eagles  
It looks like the government will get the keep the Langbord family’s 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold double eagles that were allegedly discovered in a family’s safe deposit box shortly after the sole 1933 double eagle that can be privately owned was sold for $7.6 million in 2002. A decade-long legal battle between the family and the government followed to decide ownership of the valuable coins.
 
In an Aug. 1 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, nine judges joined a 60-page decision finding that while there were errors at the trial level, these mistakes did not affect the outcome. In doing this, the majority sided with a jury’s 2011 decision awarding the coins to the government.
 
For more on this decision, please see Langbord family loses appeal


September 2, 2016: Collectors usually treat coins with care, but not these folks in Austria
 
Coin collectors generally take pains to preserve and protect coins for future generations.
 
An 1880 medal issued by the Austrian Numismatic Society, though, is the product of a reversal of that policy.
 
For more on this medal, please see Not those folks in Austria


September 1, 2016: Want to display a billion dollars at your show? The BEP can help with that
 
A focus at any convention where it appears is the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Billion Dollar Exhibit, with more than a billion dollars worth of rare and old paper currency. The BEP is now accepting invitations to participate at numismatic events for the period of October 2016 through September 2017.
 
Included in the BEP exhibit are sheets of $100,000 notes, Treasury bonds, and gold and silver certificates. At some venues, demonstrations are conducted of a 19th century spider currency press and the mutilated currency examination process. Information about the government’s redesigned currency program, technological advancements, and historical data is shared during open discussion forums. The BEP also sells to the public currency related products including uncut sheets, professionally packaged premium products, special intaglio print cards, and shredded currency.
 
For more on this offer, please see Display a billion dollars


August 30, 2016: In an age of alternative payments, what is the future of traditional money?
 
A new report, just issued, should assuage the fear of collectors that with the rise of alternate payment technologies currency will soon be a thing of the past.
 
A study from the British firm Smithers Pira, that calls itself a worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains, says that the number of bank notes in circulation worldwide will grow at an annual rate of 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, and that there will be 943 billion bank notes, not to mention 179 billion coins, in use worldwide by the end of the 10-year period.
 
For more on this report, please see The future of traditional money


August 29, 2016: Exhibitors Honored at Anaheim World’s Fair of Money®
 
The American Numismatic Association presented 47 competitive exhibit awards at the 2016 World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. Winners were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception on Aug.12, and at the awards banquet that evening.
 
Thirty-three exhibitors of all experience levels, showing 63 exhibits, competed in this year’s program. There were also two non-competitive exhibitors showing four additional exhibits.
 
For more on this story, please see Exhibitors Honored


August 27, 2016: American Liberty silver medals 'unavailable' six minutes after going on sale
 
It took just six minutes Aug. 23 for the U.S. Mint to receive enough orders to reach the maximum product limit of 12,500 each of the Proof 2016-S and 2016-W American Liberty silver medals.
 
The medals, struck at the San Francisco and West Point Mints, were offered at $34.95 per medal, with a maximum household ordering limit of two of each medal, for a total of four medals.
 
For more on these medals, please see American Liberty silver medals


August 26, 2016: ANA Honors Notable Numismatists with Service Awards
 
The following individuals were formally recognized for their contributions to the hobby and the American Numismatic Association on Aug. 12 during the Awards Banquet and Aug. 11 during the Member Donor Reception at the Anaheim World's Fair of Money.
 
The Adna G. Wilde, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence honors an ANA member who dedicates his or her time and resources to strengthen the hobby and further the educational mission of the ANA, and sets an example for others to follow.
 
For more on these numismatists, please see ANA Honors Notable Numismatists


August 26, 2016: Novice discovers rarest date in Morgan series while going through deceased father’s possessions
 
Professional Coin Grading Service’s Meet the Expert sessions at the 2016 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money sure ended with a bang.
 
On Aug. 13, the final day of the show, a show attendee presented PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth with an impressive rarity, an ungraded 1893-S Morgan dollar, the rarest date in the popular Morgan series.
 
For more on this find, please see Rarest date in Morgan series


August 25, 2016: Kagin’s, Inc. named Official Auctioneer for the 2017 Orlando National Money Show®
 
The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is proud to announce that Kagin’s, Inc. will serve as the Official Auctioneer for the 2017 National Money Show (NMS), to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Mar. 9-11.
 
As a current board member, Dr. Don Kagin did and will continue to recuse himself from any discussion and vote during board meetings regarding the auction contract for the 2017 NMS.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Official Auctioneer


August 25, 2016: Australian man unearths 145-ounce gold nugget found using metal detector
 
An Australian man who has spent his weekends the past 10 years prospecting for gold with a metal detector has unearthed a 145-ounce gold nugget valued at $250,000 AUD ($190,282 in U.S. funds).
 
The discovery was announced Aug. 25 by Minelab, the metal-detecting equipment manufacturer whose flagship GPZ 7000 model metal detector was used to locate the nugget. The unnamed prospector, who wishes to remain anonymous, dubbed his find “Friday’s Joy” after it was recently located in the far southern edge of Central Victoria’s Golden Triangle in Australia.
 
For more on this find, please see 145-ounce gold nugget


August 24, 2016: Clean your coins? This 1960s booklet remains relevant today
 
I recently found a small reprint from a series of articles by Clyde D. Mervis, from the old magazine Numismatic Scrapbook published by Hewitt Numismatic Printers in the 1960s, titled “Cleaning Coins.”
 
Cleaning remains a taboo topic, and one of the first things that collectors learn as they enter our hobby is that one should never clean coins. As collectors progress on their journey, they learn that there are some cleaning methods that can be used with caution and by experimenting on low-value coins, but that, generally, cleaning is something that should be left to professionals.
 
For more on cleaning coins, please see Cleaning coins


August 23, 2016: Long Beach Expo is around the corner, mark your calendar now!
 
End your summer with a bang at the Long Beach Expo!
 
These exciting attractions are on deck:

• Special Chinese Numismatic Event
• Heritage Auctions will offer a stellar multi-million dollar auction
• PCGS is offering onsite grading and a special 30th anniversary surprise
• PSA and PSA/DNA will be accepting take-home submissions for all levels of service
• Buy and sell from over 500 of the hobby’s top dealers nationwide
• Bring the kids for Pirate Dave’s Treasure Hunt
• Each day we’ll award a gold coin to a lucky visitor
• AND MUCH MORE!
 
For more on this Expo, please see Long Beach Expo


August 23, 2016: What special something makes a certain coin ‘cool’?
 
Some coins are just cooler than others.
 
Whether it’s their design, the circumstances surrounding their issue, or how they reflect technological changes in minting, some coins just have a special “something.”
 
For more on these coins, please see 'Cool' coins


August 22, 2016: Seven types Small-size notes star in ANA convention paper money auctions
 
There’s always an axiom in United States paper money collecting saying that people collected small-size notes because they found large-size notes unaffordable. Recent results have cast doubt on this truism, but the recently concluded American Numismatic Association currency auctions on consecutive nights in Anaheim by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions turned the old wisdom on its heels. Small-size notes grabbed the attention and the money. The reasons are speculative, but it would not be out of the question that bidders who used to focus their attention only on the big format notes are now also devoting some time and money to small-size issues.
 
Leading the way in the Stack’s Bowers sale, if not in price but in attention, was a Series 1933 $10 silver certificate (Friedberg 1700) graded Gem Uncirculated 67 Exceptional Paper Quality by Paper Money Guaranty. It is the best note of the type graded by either service, and at $105,750 including the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee, set a record for a small-size issue, excluding high-denomination and star notes. Called the “king of small size currency,” it broke by more than $20,000 the previous high for this note that was set in July 2015.
 
For more on these notes, please see Small-size notes


August 20, 2016: Seven types of surface bumps that can confuse new U.S. coin collectors
 
Error collectors new to the hobby quickly encounter coins with unexpected bumps in the field and design.
 
These anomalous elevations are a constant source of confusion due to their many causes and similar appearance. Surface elevations can reflect defects on the die face or defects that arise from within the planchet.
 
For more on these bumps, please see Seven types of surface bumps


August 19, 2016: The results are in from collectors responding to conservator’s survey
 
This month I begin reviewing the results of the coin cleaning, toning and coating survey that appeared in my Feb. 29 column.
 
First, I would like to thank all of the readers who took the time to respond to the survey. I appreciate your candor, comments and questions and the kind words about my column.
 
For more on this survey, please see Conservator’s survey


August 18, 2016: What does research firm say about investing in palladium?
 
The U.S. Mint's planned palladium coin might be coming at the right time.
 
According to the investment research firm Zacks.com, palladium is one precious metal collectors should seriously investigate.
 
For more on this story, please see Investing in palladium?


August 17, 2016: California Numismatists Embraced Anaheim World’s Fair of Money®
 
The American Numismatic Association’s 2016 World’s Fair of Money welcomed 8,192 people at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif, Aug. 9-13.
 
The family-friendly event featured displays by government and private mints from around the world; expansive educational programs led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise; exhibits of rare treasures from the Money Museum in Colorado Springs; hundreds of dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items in all price ranges; and major auction events by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
 
For more on this show, please see World’s Fair of Money


August 17, 2016: Q. David Bowers: Grading an undefined hobby area in determining coin's condition
 
In last week's column, I told of when I started as a coin dealer in a small way as a teenager in the 1950s. Counterfeit and altered coins were everywhere, including at conventions. In many instances, once I looked at a coin and bought it, it was mine. If it turned out to be fake, that was my problem. By necessity I studied intensely, learned a lot about authenticity, and in time became well-versed.
 
This week I shift to another essential aspect: grading. This is the single most controversial, most undefined area of numismatics. The least scientific. You are welcome to disagree, of course. However, that is how I see it.
 
For more on this story, please see Grading an undefined hobby area


August 16, 2016: Monnaie de Paris marks World War I's longest battle on silver, gold commems
 
Connections between soldiers on the front lines of battle and families supporting them are explored on 2016 commemorative coins from France.
 
The Monnaie de Paris has issued the latest in its multi-year series marking the centennial of the Great War, later called World War I.
 
For more on this issue, please see Monnaie de Paris coins


August 13, 2016: Standing Liberty gold quarter details released
 
The long wait is almost over: Standing Liberty gold quarters available Sept. 8
 
While the U.S. Mint announced Aug. 1 that the 2016-W Standing Liberty gold quarter dollars will go on sale at noon ET Sept. 8, what was not disclosed is how many of the coins will be available and whether there are any household ordering limits.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Standing Liberty gold quarter


August 12, 2016: Viewing a once-in-a-lifetime rarity, for the third time in 15 years
 
The American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money is, at its core, an event for collectors to buy and sell, and learn. But it seems every few years a rarity of epic proportion adds another element to the mix.
 
The ANA show opened on Tuesday, providing the collecting public the first chance to view a 1974-D aluminum cent. To say the coin is rare is to gloss over the story of its production — of course it’s rare — it shouldn’t even exist.
 
For more on this coin, please see A once-in-a-lifetime rarity


August 11, 2016: Platinum American Eagle bullion coin production for 2016 near sellout
 
The U.S. Mint was nearly sold out Aug. 9 of its maximum production of 2016 American Eagle 1-ounce platinum bullion coins.
 
The West Point Mint struck 20,000 coins for availability to authorized purchasers beginning July 25. On the first day of sales July 25, 17,100 of the total were recorded sold. Orders for an additional 1,300 coins were placed July 26. Another 300 coins each were sold on July 27 and July 28, bringing the cumulative sales total to 19,000 coins.
 
For more on these coins, please see Platinum American Eagles


August 10, 2016: PCGS offers bounties for five numismatic rarities
 
Professional Coin Grading Service is offering $10,000 bounties on each of five numismatic rarities in hopes of ferreting out examples just for the privilege of authenticating and grading them.
 
PCGS initially offered the $10,000 reward for one of those coins — the 1964-D Peace dollar — in 2013. That reward is still standing.
 
For more on this hoard, please see PCGS offers bounties


August 9, 2016: Wold Newton Hoard find of Roman ancients in Britain excites archaeologists
 
York is a gem of a city in England’s north that is steeped in history. It has retained so many of its medieval buildings and narrow winding thoroughfares that visiting is like walking around in a living museum. Founded by the Romans in 71 A.D. as Eboracum, the city also has a Viking heritage and the ambience of the Middle Ages, all open to today’s visitors to explore and embrace.
 
Many years ago it was rumored that, as York was so full of material of interest to archaeologists, the public utilities would only dig up the streets at night, so as not to have to halt work in progress. In more enlightened times this is not the case.
 
For more on this hoard, please see Wold Newton Hoard find


August 9, 2016: It’s a war: security printers versus counterfeiters of paper money in America
 
Not long after the first money was made, a new profession, counterfeiting, was born. With coins, it was soon after the first electrum staters were struck in ancient Lydia three millennia ago, and for paper money, during China’s Tang dynasty (618 to 907 A.D.).
 
Counterfeiting in America is as old as the nation itself, as vividly revealed in a new book, Counterfeiting and Technology: A History of the Long Struggle Between Paper-Money Counterfeiters and Security Printing by paper money historian Bob McCabe. The 480-page book, published by Whitman Publishing, covers the origins and development of paper and printing; the formation of engraving companies in America, particularly in Philadelphia; the measures taken by the Secret Service and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing against counterfeiting; and the scoundrels who advanced their careers through forgery and inadvertently encouraged new technology.
 
For more on this book, please see Security printers versus counterfeiters


August 8, 2016: It’s a war: security printers versus counterfeiters of paper money in America
 
Not long after the first money was made, a new profession, counterfeiting, was born. With coins, it was soon after the first electrum staters were struck in ancient Lydia three millennia ago, and for paper money, during China’s Tang dynasty (618 to 907 A.D.).
 
Counterfeiting in America is as old as the nation itself, as vividly revealed in a new book, Counterfeiting and Technology: A History of the Long Struggle Between Paper-Money Counterfeiters and Security Printing by paper money historian Bob McCabe. The 480-page book, published by Whitman Publishing, covers the origins and development of paper and printing; the formation of engraving companies in America, particularly in Philadelphia; the measures taken by the Secret Service and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing against counterfeiting; and the scoundrels who advanced their careers through forgery and inadvertently encouraged new technology.
 
For more on this book, please see Security printers versus counterfeiters


August 7, 2016: Abundance of modern world coins in Stack's Bowers Galleries ANA auction
 
When Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts its world coin auction Aug. 10 and 12 for the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, the usual categories of coins will be included.
 
From ancient Greek and Roman coins, to English and European coins, and gold coins of the world, nearly 1,600 lots will be offered.
 
For more on this auction, please see Abundance of modern world coins


August 6, 2016: Fighting paper money counterfeiters with mirrors (microscopic ones, that is)
 
Some new security devices for paper currency based on the concept of “micro mirror technology” were introduced at the Banknote Conference 2016 last May in Washington. They were developed by the German firm Giesecke & Devrient and its Louisenthal subsidiary. The micro mirror technology that two of the devices make use of involves the incorporation of microscopic mirrors into a note.
 
The first device is named Rolling Star LEAD, a security foil with microscopic mirrors technology. The foil is described by the manufacturer as making use of optical variable device effects including color shifts and three-dimensional images. Giesecke & Devrient calls the security foil different not only for its use of multiple techniques and innovations but also in the “intuitive” way it enables recognition. The firm says creating new 3D effects and adding vividness to enliven portraits are now possible. According to the firm, RollingStar LEAD’s dynamic effects can be recognized even in poor lighting conditions to allow for quicker authentication.
 
For more on this process, please see Fighting paper money counterfeiters


August 5, 2016: ANA conventioneers to have chance to see 1974-D aluminum cent
 
United States Mint officials are fulfilling a promise to publicly exhibit the 1974-D Lincoln aluminum cent when the mysterious piece goes on view at the Mint's booth at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.
 
The coin will be on view during show hours Aug. 9 to 13 at the booth shared jointly by the Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, according to a press release from the BEP. Both Treasury Department agencies will sell products at the convention as well as display rarities from their heritage archives like the 1974-D aluminum cent and sheets of $100,000 notes.
 
For more on this coin, please see The 1974-D aluminum cent


August 4, 2016: How does the bullion market work?: Precious metals basics
 
The bullion coin market differs from the numismatic market to which many collectors are accustomed. The bullion coin market operates in a tier system structured something like a pyramid, with the issuing authority at the top. The issuing government produces and then distributes the coins in large quantity through a narrow system of large distributors. Dis­tributors in turn sell to wholesalers, who sell to a network of retailers, who then sell to the public. There is, of course, nothing to prevent a distributor or wholesaler from also being a retailer.
 
At each step down on the pyramid, the field widens. Let’s say, hypothetically, a government sells to 10 distributors. Each distributor sells to 10 wholesalers, for a total of 100 wholesalers. Each wholesaler then sells to 10 retailers, for a total of 1,000 retailers. The tiered distribution system is often referred to as the “pipeline.”
 
For more on the bullion market, please see How the bullion market works


August 3, 2016: Sponsors Pledge Support for the 2016 Anaheim World’s Fair of Money
 
Many organizations and individuals play a part in ensuring the World’s Fair of Money retains a strong educational focus. Thanks to the support of 25 dedicated sponsors and over 75 individual patrons, this year’s show is guaranteed to be the biggest, most educational numismatic event of the year.
 
The convention takes place Aug. 9-13 in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center at 800 West Katella Ave., adjacent to Disneyland, in Anaheim, Calif.
 
For more on these sponsors, please see Sponsors Pledge Support


August 3, 2016: Langbord family loses appeal to regain ownership of 1933 double eagles
 
It looks like the government will get the keep the Langbord family’s 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold double eagles that were allegedly discovered in a family’s safe deposit box shortly after the sole 1933 double eagle that can be privately owned was sold for $7.6 million in 2002. A decade-long legal battle between the family and the government followed to decide ownership of the valuable coins.
 
In an Aug. 1 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, nine judges joined a 60-page decision finding that while there were errors at the trial level, these mistakes did not affect the outcome. In doing this, the majority sided with a jury’s 2011 decision awarding the coins to the government.
 
For more on this appeal, please see Langbord family loses appeal


August 2, 2016: The Legacy Series acquaints collectors with the legends, heroes and icons of numismatics and celebrates their lives and contributions.
 
Ray Dillard, affectionately known as "The Father of Elongated Coin Collecting," has been collecting since the 1960s. He started attending ANA conventions with his elongated coin machine in the 1980s. In his interview, Dillard recants how his love for collecting elongated coins began, and his work within the hobby.
 
Fred Weinberg has been an avid collector for more than 40 years, and is a nationally recognized expert on error coins. In his interview, Weinberg recalls how he was introduced to the hobby, and how he began his passion for error coins.
 
For more on these legends, heroes and icons, please see The Legacy Series


August 2, 2016: Collectors usually treat coins with care, but not these folks in Austria
 
Coin collectors generally take pains to preserve and protect coins for future generations.
 
An 1880 medal issued by the Austrian Numismatic Society, though, is the product of a reversal of that policy.
 
For more on this medal, please see Not these folks in Austria


August 1, 2016: Want to display a billion dollars at your show? The BEP can help with that
 
A focus at any convention where it appears is the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Billion Dollar Exhibit, with more than a billion dollars worth of rare and old paper currency. The BEP is now accepting invitations to participate at numismatic events for the period of October 2016 through September 2017.
 
Included in the BEP exhibit are sheets of $100,000 notes, Treasury bonds, and gold and silver certificates. At some venues, demonstrations are conducted of a 19th century spider currency press and the mutilated currency examination process. Information about the government’s redesigned currency program, technological advancements, and historical data is shared during open discussion forums. The BEP also sells to the public currency related products including uncut sheets, professionally packaged premium products, special intaglio print cards, and shredded currency.
 
For more on this display, please see Billion dollars display


July 30, 2016: 1797 Draped Bust half dime with rich pedigree a ‘wow’ coin
 
Heritage’s July 7 to 10 auctions held in conjunction with the summer Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando realized $6,583,780. The top lot was a 1915-S Panama Pacific International Exposition round gold $50 commemorative coin graded Mint State 64 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. that brought $88,125.sneyland.
 
This year marked the tenth installment of FUN’s summer show, which is smaller than its annual January show. Next year’s winter FUN show is set for Fort Lauderdale, Jan. 5 to 8, and the 2017 summer FUN is scheduled in Orlando, July 6 to 8.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1797 Draped Bust half dime


July 29, 2016: World's Fair of Money in Anaheim Quickly Approaching
 
The American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money in Anaheim is rapidly approaching and promises to be the biggest, most fun coin show of the summer. The convention takes place Aug. 9-13 in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center at 800 West Katella Ave., adjacent to Disneyland.
 
An eye-opening range of historic coin and paper money treasures is guaranteed to thrill visitors. More than $1 billion of numismatic national treasures will be on public display.
 
For more on this event, please see World's Fair of Money


July 29, 2016: 50 dollars, one sheet: Larger sheets of Federal Reserve notes available to collectors for first time
 
The uncut sheets of $1 Federal Reserve notes sold to collectors have gotten a lot larger.
 
When the first $1 notes printed on 50-subject sheets entered circulation early in 2014, it signaled the first time in over half a century that there was a change in the method of printing U.S. currency. Ever since 1957, 32-subject sheets had been the standard.
 
For more on these note sheets, please see 50 dollars, one sheet!


July 28, 2016: Perth Mint's newest 1-ounce silver bullion coin soars in popularity
 
Australia’s newest silver bullion coin is one of the world’s most popular.
 
The Perth Mint announced July 20 that the 2016 Kangaroo silver coin had reached sales of 10 million coins, ranking it among the top five world silver bullion coins.
 
For more on this coin, please see Perth Mint's newest 1-ounce silver bullion coin


July 27, 2016: Notable Numismatists Honored with Service Awards
 
The recipients of the American Numismatic Association 2016 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award, Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Numismatist of the Year Award, and the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award will be formally recognized at the upcoming World’s Fair of Money, which takes place Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim in the California D Ballroom. Banquet registration closes Wednesday, July 27. (Tickets will not be available at the show.)
 
Mary Counts Burleson, president of Whitman Publishing, LLC, will receive the Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics. Established in 2013, the award recognizes women who have made significant contributions in numismatic research, leadership, or mentoring. Under Burleson’s guidance, Whitman has published well over 400 new titles, and standard references such as the Guide Book of United States Coins have been continually updated. She has been a familiar face at regional and national conventions for many years and has worked tirelessly with the ANA, the U.S. Mint and various clubs, organizations, writers and researchers for the expansion and advancement of numismatics.
 
For more on these awards, please see Notable Numismatists Honored


July 27, 2016: Learning about notable coins and medals of the ANA World’s Fair of Money auctions
 
Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions are again sharing official auctioneer duties at the upcoming American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Aug. 9 to 13. Both firms will be offering a wide range of coins and paper money from the United States and the world.
 
Stack’s Bowers says: “This year’s sale will be monumental, with a staggering 52 percent increase in the number of live auction lots versus the 2015 ANA sale held in Chicago. Clearly, the market continues to endorse Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ recent technological advancements, including the roll out of the firm’s Auction Mobility platform earlier in 2016.”
 
For more on these auctions, please see Learning about coins and medals


July 26, 2016: Where is REPUBLIKA HRVATSKA? And why are its coins in a 5¢ coin roll?
 
I really like it when I get to learn something new as a result of my roll searching hobby! This month’s coins came to me as I looked through several rolls of 5-cent coins. Although the dimensions of the two coins found were different, someone apparently placed them both inside the same hand-wrapped roll of 5-cent coins. I have never found coins of the type shown here until now!
 
Croatia or more specifically, the Republic of Croatia, is an Eastern European country. The sovereign state has long coastlines on the Adriatic Sea, and its capital city is Zagreb. Croatia covers almost 22,000 square miles and is crossed by the Dinaric Alps. Its Adriatic Sea coast includes more than 1,000 islands.
 
For more on this story, please see Where is REPUBLIKA HRVATSKA?


July 25, 2016: Are holograms and windows to be part of future Federal Reserve note technology?
 
A glimpse at the Treasury Department’s plans for the future of American paper money was offered July 8 at FedBizOpps.gov, the federal business opportunities website for vendors interested in doing business with the government.
 
An announcement there says that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will issue a solicitation on or about July 28 “for the research and development of new conspicuous and device-assisted security features” for use in protecting the next generation of Federal Reserve notes from counterfeiting threats.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Future Federal Reserve note technology


July 23, 2016: Looking back at when U.S. paper money denominations included $10,000, even $100,000 notes
 
The highest denomination U.S. paper money currently in use in general circulation is the $100 Federal Reserve note, which bears the portrait of statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin on its face. The latest issue, the Series 2009 $100 Federal Reserve notes, printed under the NextGen program and incorporating sophisticated anti-counterfeiting devices, began entering circulation in March 2016, five years behind schedule because of production problems.
 
From 1861 to 1945, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing — which has officially produced U.S. paper money since 1862 — printed $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000 and even $100,000 notes, but not necessarily for general commerce. Some denominations were reserved for exclusive use in transferring large sums of money between banks.
 
For more on this story, please see U.S. paper money denominations


July 22, 2016: John Kraljevich Awarded ANA’s Numismatist of the Year Award
 
John Kraljevich is the 2016 recipient of the American Numismatic Association's (ANA) Numismatist of the Year Award. The award honors an individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the Association. He will be presented with the award on Friday, August 12, during the awards banquet at the World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim.
 
For over a decade, John has been a popular instructor on Early American numismatics at the ANA’s annual Summer Seminar. A regular columnist in the Association’s journal, The Numismatist, and the national hobby publication, Coin World, he has been honored for his research and writing by the ANA and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). John’s Coin World column is now in its ninth year.
 
For more on this award, please see John Kraljevich Awarded ANA’s Numismatist of the Year Award


July 21, 2016: The ANA School of Numismatics is Coming to Virginia
 
The biggest mistake collectors and dealers make is buying coins they shouldn't have purchased in the first place -- coins that have grade, surface or conservation issues that they didn't see. This 2-day seminar will help students avoid costly mistakes by developing their grading skills and teaching them to spot a wide variety of surface problems, enhancements, alterations and conservation issues that can adversely affect a coin's grade.
 
The material covered is comprehensive and suitable for novice and experienced collectors. The seminar uses images, discussion and hands-on examination of hundreds of certified graded and details graded coins in the ANA's Grading Sets.
 
For more on this school, please see School of Numismatics


July 21, 2016: Legendary collector Gene Gardner dies at age 80
 
Collector Eugene Herr Gardner, whose collection of United States coins realized more than $52 million at auction, died July 16 in Lancaster, Pa., at age 80 from complications of multiple myeloma.
 
Heritage Auctions President Greg Rohan, who developed a strong friendship with Mr. Gardner, made the announcement online soon after Mr. Gardner’s passing:
 
For more on this passing, please see Legendary collector Gene Gardner dies


July 20, 2016: 15th example of Washington quarter/Sacagawea dollar mule coin surfaces
 
The population of certified George Washington State quarter dollar obverse/Sacagawea dollar reverse double-denomination mules has grown by one, to 15.
 
And if you've been following the story of these errors over the years, you won't be surprised to hear who owns it.
 
For more on these coins, please see Washington quarter/Sacagawea dollar mule


July 19, 2016: Panda medals make return to ANA World’s Fair of Money in August
 
When a panda travels to a new location, the event is newsworthy.
 
For collectors of Chinese coins and medals, the debut of three new Pandas at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 9 to 11 is also notable.
 
For more on these coins, please see Panda medals make return


July 18, 2016: Groundbreaking military payment certificates collection surfaces, heads to auction
 
The most important and valuable collection of military payment certificates ever offered will set records and benchmarks for years to come when it is auctioned by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the American Numismatic Association convention in Anaheim, Calif., this month.
 
The Paymaster Collection of MPCs, as it has been dubbed, is being called a groundbreaking find. It is also an unusual one. Whereas most high-end collections are assembled over decades with the contents mostly publicly known, the Paymaster Collection was assembled by a government employee who received the notes directly from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and from private printers. No one knew it even existed until May when it was consigned to Stack’s Bowers Galleries by a descendant. It is considered the only complete set of MPCs known.
 
For more on this auction, please see Military payment certificates


July 18, 2016: World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim Quickly Approaching
 
The American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money® in Anaheim is rapidly approaching and promises to be the biggest, most fun coin show of the summer. The convention takes place Aug. 9-13 in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center at 800 West Katella Ave., adjacent to Disneyland.
 
The five-day event features nearly 1,000 dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items; a wide range of seminars and educational presentations by notable numismatists; major auctions by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions; as well as exhibits showcasing priceless rarities from the Money Museum and private collections.
 
For more on this show, please see World’s Fair of Money


July 17, 2016: Nearly 30-ounce gold Henry Clay medal anchors Sept. 17 auction
 
A nearly 30-ounce duplicate gold medal struck as a replacement for the medal originally presented in 1852 by citizens of New York to statesman Henry Clay but subsequently stolen will be offered at auction Sept. 17 in Dallas.
 
The committee of New York citizens commissioned the medal recognizing Clay’s achievements as “The Great Compromiser.”
 
For more on this medal, please see Gold Henry Clay medal


July 16, 2016: Ugly duckling coins may mark the low points of design, but they have their charm
 
It seems that among U.S. coin designs, some are universally praised and some seem to enjoy consistent disdain from collectors.
 
From the soaring heights of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ 1907 High Relief double eagle — considered by many to be the finest U.S. coin design — to the lowly Anthony dollar, the more than two centuries of coins produced by the U.S. Mint have seen high points and low points.
 
For more on these coins, please see Ugly duckling coins


July 16, 2016: Women in numismatics unite in 1991 to WIN: From the Memory Bank
 
Numismatic collectibles, both as a hobby and a business, has been and remains a predominately male domain, about 90 percent male and 10 percent female.
 
But that statistic does not begin to tell this story.
 
For more on this story, please see Women in numismatics


July 15, 2016: Technical Seminars and Money Talks Schedule Finalized for World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim
 
Attendees of the American Numismatic Association's World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim are encouraged to sign-up for the ANA’s pre-convention, two-day Technical Series Seminars. From the fundamentals of grading United States coins to the more advanced techniques of detecting counterfeit gold coinage, the technical seminars offer proven tips and tools to enhance any collector’s numismatic skills and their enjoyment of the hobby. Both seminars will take place August 7-8 at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel, located at 777 Convention Way.
 
Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins. Instructors: Rod Gillis, ANA education director; and Sam Gelberd, ANA numismatic educator. Detecting Counterfeit U.S. Gold Coinage. Instructor: Brian Silliman, professional numismatist, and former NGC grader/conserver. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (each day)
 
For more on these seminars, please see Technical Seminars


July 15, 2016: Congress should let these two commemorative coin bills die
 
One of the many truisms of the modern U.S. commemorative coin program is that most of the sales in a program occur during the first few weeks or couple of months after sales open.
 
So why have two members of Congress from Massachusetts introduced a two-year three-coin program for 2020 to 2021?
 
For more on this commemorative coin program, please see Commemorative coin bills


July 14, 2016: Registration for the WORLD'S FAIR OF MONEY is July 27
 
The World's Fair of Money is the biggest coin show in the country. Build your collection the best numismatic inventory anywhere, attend lectures and seminars, and view rare historical treasures from the ANA Money Museum and private collections.
 
Events include the 125th Anniversary Reception, the Sundman Luncheon, and the annual ANA Awards Banquet and Silent Auction. Be sure to register for the banquet by July 27 as tickets will not be available on site at this show.
 
For more on this show, please see WORLD'S FAIR OF MONEY


July 14, 2016: Mexico issues the world’s first modern silver bullion coin, the Onza
 
The first modern silver bullion coin, backed by a major world government with a guaranteed weight and purity and sold at a silver-related price, was the Mexican Onza.
 
The .925 fine silver coin contains a full ounce of pure silver (with the alloyed metal, its total weight is slightly more than 1 ounce). It was introduced in 1949 and struck intermittently with that date until new dates were used in 1978, 1979 and 1980. The coin gives a nod to the minting technology once necessary to strike coins, showing a screw press on the obverse and a balance scale on the reverse.
 
For more on this coin, please see World’s first modern silver bullion coin


July 13, 2016: Cleaned 1892-S Morgan dollar realizes $16,450, well below price of unaltered one
 
When it comes to the adjectives used to describe problem coins, an altered surface can be particularly tough to spot, and such pieces can be awarded a “No Grade” label. As Professional Coin Grading Service explains, “This No Grade covers anything added to the surface of the coin to either ‘improve’ its appearance or to cover marks. Surface alteration methods include adding: dental wax, putty, lacquer, nose grease, etc.” Altered surfaces are a form of coin “doctoring” designed to make a coin look better and can make rarities more affordable for collectors willing to live with a problem coin.
 
The Lot: 1892-S Morgan dollar, Uncirculated Details, Altered Surfaces. The Price: $16,450
 
For more on this story, please see Cleaned 1892-S Morgan dollar


July 12, 2016: David Sundman Awarded ANA’S Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award
 
David Sundman, president of Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, NH, is the 2016 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award. The award honors a professional numismatist who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the Association and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer.
 
Unlike many numismatists, David Sundman grew up with a mail-order stamp and coin business, which was founded by his parents, Maynard and Fannie. By age five, David was sorting bags of Indian Head cents by dates and was well on his numismatic voyage.
 
For more on this announcement, please see David Sundman Awarded Dealer of the Year


July 12, 2016: Real woman inspires Britannia on Treaty of Breda 1667 gold medal
 
The Britannia that has come to symbolize the island of Great Britain and its people was modeled on an actual person.
 
Cataloged as Eimer 241 by Christopher Eimer in British Commemorative Medals and Their Values, the medal is among nearly a dozen designed to commemorate the end of the Second Anglo-Dutch War, fought between England, the United Provinces of Netherlands and other combatants.
 
For more on this medal, please see Woman inspires Britannia in gold


July 11, 2016: United Kingdom’s new polymer plastic £5 Churchill note unveiled
 
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney unveiled early in June the design of the new £5 note, scheduled for issue on Sept. 13. It is the first English bank note printed on polymer plastic, and will feature Sir Winston Churchill.
 
Speaking at Churchill’s birthplace, Blenheim Palace, Carney said the new £5 note, colloquially referred to as a “Fiver,” “will commemorate the achievements of the only Prime Minister to win the Nobel Prize for literature and one of the greatest statesmen of all time — Sir Winston Churchill. As he himself said, ‘a nation that forgets its past has no future.’”
 
For more on this note, please see United Kingdom’s new polymer plastic £5


July 9, 2016: Rosie Rios is stepping down as U.S. treasurer after serving in the office seven years
 
Rosa Gumataotao "Rosie" Rios' final day as the 43rd treasurer of the United States will be July 8, ending a nearly seven-year stint as one of the U.S. Treasury's top officials and one of the paper money collecting hobby's most recognizable public figures.
 
Rios first assumed office on Aug. 6, 2009.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Rosie Rios is stepping down


July 8, 2016: U.S. Mint still sitting on nearly 9,000 Winged Liberty Head gold dimes
 
The U.S. Mint is currently holding in its inventory nearly 9,000 2016-W Winged Liberty Head gold dimes, and the nation's coin producer has yet to announce plans for reselling the coins.
 
The U.S. Mint offered the maximum authorization of 125,000 coins at noon Eastern Time April 21 at $205 per coin. At the household ordering limit of 10 coins, enough orders were placed to consume the entire maximum mintage of the tenth-ounce .9999 fine gold coins in less than an hour.
 
For more on these coins, please see 9,000 Winged Liberty Head gold dimes


July 7, 2016: Spot silver closes above $20 an ounce, at its highest price in two years
 
Driven by increased buying from Asian investors, silver broke through the $21 per troy ounce barrier July 4 before closing on the London exchange at $20.36.
 
The closing PM spot price is the highest since the metal closed at $20.69 per ounce on July 31, 2014.
 
For more on this story, please see Spot silver closes above $20


July 6, 2016: Hard Times token featuring anti-slavery message tops $70,000 in auction
 
Tokens and medals remain, especially when compared with U.S. coins, an area where discoveries can be made and even the rarest examples trade at a fraction of what comparably desirable regular issue U.S. coins would sell for.
 
Heritage’s June 10 and 12 Tokens and Medals Signature Auction was held in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectibles Expo. The $858,105 sale included many lots under $100, but there are three we're profiling in this week's Market Analysis that were a bit pricier and show distinct areas of the tokens and medals market.
 
For more on this token, please see Hard Times token


July 5, 2016: Wife of late soccer star Bobby Moore strikes £5 coin for Royal Mint
 
The widow of a famous soccer player (or “footballer”) in the United Kingdom has struck a coin to celebrate the memory of her late husband.
 
Stephanie Moore, who was the second wife of Bobby Moore, helped the Royal Mint mark the 50th anniversary of her husband’s famous performance during the 1966 FIFA World Cup by striking an example of the £5 coin from Alderney marking the event. Bobby Moore died from cancer in 1993.
 
For more on this coin, please see Wife of late soccer star Bobby Moore


July 4, 2016: How long does it it take to sell 20 million notes? Ask the Bank of Thailand
 
The Bank of Thailand announced on May 30 that it would issue 20 million 70-baht (the equivalent of about $2 in U.S. funds) commemorative bank notes celebrating the 70th anniversary of the reign of Thailand‘s much-revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is also known as Rama IX.
 
The notes were sold to the public for 100 baht each with part of the additional proceeds from each sale designated for presentation to the king. When they went on sale June 9, people lined up at the offices of at least a half dozen banks. Buyers were limited to two notes each, yet despite the very high amount printed, the entire issue sold out within hours.
 
For more on these notes, please see Bank of Thailand


July 3, 2016: Double-struck Walking Liberty half dollar appears at FUN summer auction
 
An undated double-struck San Francisco Walking Liberty half dollar is among the most visually arresting coins offered in Heritage’s auctions held at the Summer Florida United Numismatists show in Orlando.
 
The 10th annual Summer FUN show will be held July 7 to 9 at the Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, in Hall WE1. Heritage's Summer FUN auctions will take place July 7 to 10.
 
For more on this error, please see Double-struck Walking Liberty half


July 2, 2016: Congressional gold medal honorees Doolittle Tokyo Raiders down to just one
 
And then there was one.
 
The June 22 passing of Staff Sgt. David Thatcher leaves 100-year-old Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole as the sole survivor among 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders that on April 18, 1942, engaged in a daring bombing raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities.
 
For more on the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, please see Doolittle Tokyo Raiders


July 1, 2016: It only took minutes for Proof 2016-W American Eagle platinum coin to reach 'unavailable' stage
 
Collector demand was so strong for the Proof 2016-W American Eagle platinum $100 coin that the limited-edition product was placed in "Currently Unavailable" status within the first hour of sales June 30.
 
The 2016-W coin, offered by the U.S. Mint at $1,350 per coin, was limited to a maximum mintage of 10,000 coins, with orders restricted to one coin per household.
 
For more on this coin, please see Proof 2016-W American Eagle platinum


June 30, 2016: Mix and Mingle at the Anaheim World’s Fair of Money
 
125th Anniversary Reception. When—Tuesday, August 9, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Where—Avalon Room in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel.
 
Join the American Numismatic Association in celebrating a milestone birthday at a special ANA 125th Anniversary Reception. Enjoy the comradery of fellow numismatists, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a special anniversary keepsake. Tickets are priced at $25 per person. Pre-registration is strongly advised.
 
For more on this event, please see World’s Fair of Money


June 30, 2016: Mint working toward production of American Eagle 1-ounce palladium coin
 
While the U.S. Mint's design development team at the Philadelphia Mint is feverishly working toward producing an American Eagle, High Relief 1-ounce $25 palladium bullion coin, it's highly unlikely the task can be executed for a coin dated 2016, U.S. Mint Acting Quality Manager Ronald J. Harrigal said June 27.
 
Harrigal was in Colorado Springs, Colo., to brief members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee on the U.S. Mint's progress in the development of the palladium coin. The CCAC was meeting in Colorado in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1-ounce palladium coin


June 29, 2016: 1933 gold coin that is not a double eagle approaches $1 million sale price
 
A remarkable collection of U.S. gold coins from an unnamed Midwestern family that had been off the market for decades led Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers’ June 5 and 6 pre-Long Beach Auction in Los Angeles.
 
The collection was especially strong in 19th and early 20th century Coronet gold and Indian Head $2.50 quarter eagles, $5 half eagles and $10 eagles. Rounding out the group was a collection of gold commemorative coins that injected some excitement in the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo held later that week.
 
For more on these coins, please see 1933 gold coin


June 28, 2016: The Rio 2016 Olympic medals are here and they're eco-friendly
 
The 2016 Olympics are nearing, and with the excitement of the best athletes in the world gathering for one of the biggest sporting events in the world comes the excitement about the design and composition of the medals they’re competing for.
 
Last week the Brazilian Mint, in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, unveiled the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will be awarded to Olympic athletes at a Barra Olympic Park ceremony.
 
For more on these medals, please see 2016 Olympic medals


June 27, 2016: Polish National Bank to complete series with new 500-zloty note in 2017
 
A year after it was announced, the Polish National Bank (Narodowy Bank Polski) said on June 6 that a new 500-zloty note (the equivalent of $128) will enter circulation in February 2017. The bank note will complete the “Rulers of Poland” series with a profile portrait of King Jan (John) III Sobieski, who reigned from 1674 to 1696. The back has Poland’s coat of arms with the imperial eagle and one of the country’s most important monuments, the Wilanow Palace in Warsaw.
 
This concludes a bank note redesign that began in 2014 with the issue of the first four notes — a 10-zloty note (Prince Mieszko I), a 20-zloty note (the first Polish king, Boleslaus the Brave), a 50-zloty note (Casimir III the Great) and a 100-zloty note (Ladislaus II Jagiello). A 200-zloty note with Sigismund I was issued this past February.
 
For more on these banknotes, please see Polish National Banknotes


June 25, 2016: Gold and silver prices are skyrocketing after the Brexit vote
 
The value of the pound and euro are tanking Friday morning after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and the value of gold and silver are flying high.
 
Safe-haven precious metals purchasing is likely behind the surge in the prices of gold and silver, which currently stand at $1,321.30 and $17.81 per ounce, respectively, according to Bloomberg.
 
For more on this story, please see Gold and silver prices


June 24, 2016: World's Fair Of Money 2016
 
The Biggest Show of the Summer at the Anaheim Convention Center has something for everyone. Join us August 9 -13
 
Members, log in to your My ANA account above or click here. Members who register online receive their convention credentials, ribbons and medals via U.S. mail, which means no stopping in line at the Convention Center. Just bring your credentials and come right in.
 
For more on this show, please see World's Fair of Money


June 24, 2016: Jim Craig 1980 Olympic gold medal does not sell in June 17 Lelands sale
 
The 1980 Olympic gold medal that Jim Craig received as the goalie for the U.S. men's hockey team did not sell June 17 in an online auction conducted by Lelands.
 
The top bid placed was for $611,000, according to Adam Miller, speaking on behalf of Lelands. Bidding for the medal failed to reach the minimum reserve. The medal carried an estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million.
 
For more on this gold medal, please see Olympic gold medal


June 23, 2016: California Gold Rush bar brings $140,400 at Bonhams
 
A hefty gold ingot produced during the Gold Rush by San Francisco’s Kellogg and Humbert, Assayers, sold for $140,400, leading Bonhams’ June 6 Coins and Medals auction in Los Angeles.
 
The handsome bar, recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck, measures 98 by 42 by 30 millimeters. To put its size in perspective, it is roughly longer than a credit card — as the description notes, small enough to fit comfortably in one’s hand.
 
For more on this gold bar, please see Gold Rush bar


June 22, 2016: 1849 Mormon gold $20 coin surfaces after half century in storage
 
A recently surfaced 1849 Mormon gold $20 coin tucked away in a family’s lock box for more than 50 years has been graded and encapsulated Mint State 62 Secure by Professional Coin Grading Service, and has been called the finest example that PCGS has certified of the pioneer gold type.
 
The grading service considers the coin to be in a finer state of preservation than the example that has been in the National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History since 1968 as part of the Josiah K. Lilly gold coin collection.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1849 Mormon gold $20


June 21, 2016: Coin dealer issues Brexit medal for undecided voters in referendum
 
Voters in the United Kingdom on June 23 will have a chance to choose whether the U.K. remains in the European Union.
 
Often described as Brexit, a combination of "British" and "exit," the vote will determine whether the European Union loses the United Kingdom as a member after 43 years. U.K. membership in the European Economic Community, precursor to the EU, began in 1973.
 
For more on this action, please see Undecided voters


June 20, 2016: Four large-size notes break $100,000 barrier at Lyn Knight auction
 
Four fabled large-size notes broke the $100,000 barrier and a fifth missed by just $125 at the June 4 Lyn Knight Currency Auctions sale in Memphis, Tenn.
 
As expected, the leader at $270,250 including the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee was the famous Friedberg 167a Series 1863 $100 Spread Eagle legal tender note, the first note to feature an American eagle as part of its design. This example, graded by PCGS Currency Choice About New 55 Premium Paper Quality, can be traced back to the Albert Grinnell sale of 1944 and is in the top five of the 22 known.
 
For more on this auction, please see Four large-size notes


June 19, 2016: 1879 Coiled Hair Stella $4 pattern in aluminum in Spink sale
 
The June 22 auction session of Spink USA's The Numismatic Collector's Series Sale includes a selection of United States coin patterns, including an 1879 Coiled Hair Stella $4 pattern struck in aluminum.
 
The sale is set to begin at 11 a.m. Eastern Time at 145 W. 57th St., 18th Floor, in New York City.
 
For more on this auction, please see $4 pattern in aluminum


June 18, 2016: Arrests made in attempted sale at Long Beach Expo of alleged stolen coins
 
Arrests have been made and charges filed in connection with the attempted sale June 10 at the The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show in California of coins reportedly stolen in a residential burglary in the City of Redlands.
 
Long Beach police report that two men were taken into custody at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center soon after Patrick Coward, a former New York Police Department homicide detective who was helping to provide security for the show through Positive Protection Inc., tackled one of the suspects as he tried to flee.
 
For more on this arrest, please see Arrests made


June 17, 2016: Mark and Myrna Lighterman Awarded ANA’S 2016 Farran Zerbe Memorial Award
 
Mark and Myrna Lighterman are the 2016 recipients of the American Numismatic Association’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award. The Association’s most prestigious award is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. The Lightermans will be honored at the Anaheim World's Fair of Money during the ANA awards banquet on Aug. 12.
 
Mark Lighterman: The discovery of a Buffalo Nickel from a vending machine propelled ANA life member Mark Lighterman on his numismatic journey. Like many others, Mark became interested in numismatics as a child; he began collecting coins at age 11 and has since become a noted error coins expert.
 
For more on this award, please see Zerbe Memorial Award


June 17, 2016: Here are all of the Barack Obama Presidential medal designs being considered
 
The Commission of Fine Arts convened on June 16 to review designs and make recommendations for two Barack Obama Presidential medals, one commemorating the current president's first term and another commemorating his second term.
 
Coin World posted all of the designs the CFA is considering on our Facebook page earlier today. Have a look and tell us what you think of the designs in the comment section below.
 
For more on these designs, please see Presidential medal designs


June 16, 2016: Major news network reports on the counterfeit crisis
 
Most in the numismatic community have likely read about the boom in counterfeit bullion coins and bars that has troubled the hobby on a national and global scale.
 
Coin World has done its fair share of reporting on it, as you can see:
        Counterfeit Proof 2015-W American Eagle silver dollar surfaces at show
        Counterfeiters target 1-ounce gold PAMP bars, packaging
        Counterfeiters target silver bullion products of multiple manufacturers
        Will counterfeits ever be vanquished from numismatics?
 
For more on this news report, please see The counterfeit crisis


June 14, 2016: Ancient silver coin hoard found in Israel features pieces from the city of Tyre
 
A small cache of silver coins recently found in Israel offers a fascinating look into life during the second century B.C.
 
The hoard contains 16 silver shekels and half-shekels (tetradrachms and didrachms) that were minted in the city of Tyre and bear the images of the king, Antiochus VII, and his brother Demetrius II. For more on this find, please see Ancient silver coin hoard


June 11, 2016: Collectors await June 30 release of Proof 2016-W platinum American Eagles
 
When the Proof 2016-W American Eagle platinum coin goes on sale from the U.S. Mint at noon Eastern Time June 30, a maximum of 10,000 coins will be up for purchase.
 
The initial sale price for the coin will be disclosed closer to the sale date, since the coin’s price is tied to the Mint’s pricing grid for gold and platinum coins. For more on these coins, please see Proof 2016-W platinum American Eagles


June 10, 2016: Chicago numismatist Walter Perschke dies May 20 at age 77
 
Chicago numismatist Walter Perschke died May 20 at age 77 in Chicago. He owned what is the finest certified example of 1787 Brasher, Punch on Wing gold doubloon for more than 35 years before selling it two years ago.
 
For more than three decades, Perschke also owned the unique 1783 Nova Constellatio, Type II quint pattern until consigning it to auction in 2013, nine months before the Brasher doubloon was sold. For more on his passing, please see Walter Perschke dies


June 9, 2016: Gold American Eagle sales continue 2016 boom
 
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For the related charts, please see Gold American Eagle sales


June 8, 2016: Perfectly matched couple and early 20th century ANS
 
The American Numismatic Society had uncertain times in the early 20th century. Enter Archer M. Huntington, an heir to a railroad fortune, who loved numismatics and history. He became president of the society and gifted to it land and money to erect a veritable temple on Audubon Terrace off Broadway between 155th and 156th streets in New York City.
 
Huntington and others gave many coins and medals to the ANS and paid for other acquisitions. For more on this story, please see 20th century ANS


June 7, 2016: Belgium honors International Missing Children’s Day on €2 coin
 
Belgium's circulating commemorative €2 coin to honor International Missing Children’s Day was released on the day it marks, May 25.
 
The obverse of the coin shows the face of a missing child surrounded by the words MISSING-DISPARU-VERMIST, WWW.CHILDFOCUS.BE and the nation’s name in three languages. The child featured on the coin is Liam Vanden Branden, who disappeared May 3, 1996, when he was 2 years old, according to AdWeek. The image on the coin shows an age-progressed image as he might appear in 2016, according to the news report. For more on this coin, please see Missing Children’s Day on €2 coin


June 4, 2016: Collector ends 30-year-quest for complete Capped Bust half dollar set
 
The final coin of the massive 453-coin Overton set reached the grading room of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS.com), capping off a collector’s search that spanned three decades.
 
Chuck Link of Baltimore, Maryland, recently submitted a 1829 0.120, completing his Capped Bust Half Dollars Prime Die Variety set by Overton, Circulation Strikes (1807-1836) on the PCGS Set Registry. Link’s set also includes three Crushed Lettered Edge Proofs, bringing the total to 453 coins. For more on this coin, please see Capped Bust half dollar set


June 3, 2016: Proof 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent realizes $41,125 at Regency XVII Auction
 
Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ May 19 Regency XVII Auction in New Orleans, part of the Professional Coin Grading Service Members Only show, offered some interesting coins, including a Proof example of the always popular 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent.
 
The coin: 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent, Proof 66 brown, CAC For more on this coin, please see Proof 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B.


June 2, 2016: What makes the 1995 Panda half-ounce gold bullion coin so valuable?
 
Panda coin expert Peter Anthony’s advice about collecting 1995 Panda gold bullion coins sounds like a Chinese proverb.
 
“To look for one is to begin a long journey, as they are infrequently seen,” he wrote in the second edition of his popular book about the series, Gold and Silver Panda Coin Buyer’s Guide. For more on this coin, please see 1995 Panda half-ounce gold


June 1, 2016: The Numismatist Adopts HTML for Online Viewing Platform
 
The American Numismatic Association announced that it is shifting the online viewing platform for its flagship publication, The Numismatist, to HTML5 Viewer. The viewer is a compatibility upgrade and brings a new look and a new menu. Readers don't need any plugins (such as Flash or other software) beyond their modern Internet browser; pages are larger and toolbars can be hidden when not in use.
 
"The new viewer is very intuitive," says Barbara Gregory, editor-in-chief of The Numismatist. "A pop-up tutorial will guide readers the first time they access the magazine online in the new format. HTML5 Viewer should be compatible with all new platforms, including Apple iOS, which did not support the Flash plugin. Readers now will have a unified viewing experience across all browsers, regardless of the device." For more on this action, please see Numismatist Adopts HTML


June 1, 2016: 1879 Liberty Head gold double eagle pattern strong at Regency XVII Auction
 
A “Quintuple Stella” pattern 1879 Liberty Head gold $20 double eagle brought $1,880,000 on May 19, leading Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XVII Auction in New Orleans. The pattern was bought by Heritage’s president, Greg Rohan, who “purchased the coin on behalf of a private collector who wishes to remain anonymous.” The sale was part of the Professional Coin Grading Service Members Only show. Beyond that singular seven-figure price, collectors still showed that they are hungry for 20th century issues that are counted among the finest known.
 
The Coin: 1879 Liberty Head gold $20 double eagle pattern, PCGS Proof 64 Deep Cameo For more on this coin, please see 1879 Liberty Head gold $20


May 31, 2016: Registration Deadlines Nearing for ANA’s World’s Fair of Money
 
The 2016 World’s Fair of Money® in Anaheim, Calif. is fast approaching, and so are many of the registration deadlines for the Aug. 9-13 show, which will be held in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center.
 
The five-day event will feature more than 1,000 dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items; a wide range of technical seminars and educational presentations by notable numismatists; major auctions by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions; as well as the ANA Museum Showcase, exhibiting priceless rarities from the Money Museum and private collections. For more on this Registration Deadlines, please see Registration Deadlines


May 31, 2016: Goldberg auction features ancient bronze sestertius for rebuilt harbor
 
Water and access to it for trade has played an important role in world exploration and economies.
 
A rare bronze sestertius of Trajan celebrating the expansion of a Roman port is offered in Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles’ June 7 and 8 auction. For more on this Ancient bronze sestertius, please see Ancient bronze sestertius


May 30, 2016: Made in the USA: ‘Good’ counterfeits also made domestically
 
The famous North Korean supernotes and the recent rise of Peru as a center for counterfeiting United States paper money may cause us to forget that some nearly as good counterfeiting has been done on native shores. A reminder of that was published in a recent lengthy report in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, “Fantastic Fakes: Busting a $70 Million Counterfeiting Ring” by Del Quentin Wilber.
 
Counterfeit $100 notes first showed up in the New York area in the late 1990s and then in both Russia and Israel. The Secret Service gave them the moniker “Russian-Israeli” notes based on the theory they were printed in one of those two places. For more on ‘Good’ counterfeits, please see ‘Good’ counterfeits


May 27, 2016: Top rarities in Pogue IV auction fail to meet reserve, don't sell
 
The expected stars in the fourth installment of the D. Brent Pogue Collection — the finest known 1804 Draped Bust dollar and the only collectible 1822 Capped Head $5 half eagle — both failed to meet their reserves and did not sell.
 
The Pogue auction, subtitled “Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part IV” and a joint venture between Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s, took place at the latter firm’s New York City headquarters on May 24. The total for the first three auctions now stands at $68,577,182, with totals from Pogue IV adding to the record for a single collection sold at auction. For more on the Pogue IV auction, please see Pogue IV auction


May 26, 2016: American Eagle gold bullion coin calendar 2016 sales continue climb
 
Sales of American Eagle gold bullion coins continue to climb.
 
Through May 23, the U.S. Mint recorded calendar 2016 sales of 406,500 ounces in American Eagle .9167 fine gold bullion coins (including various sizes), with more than 80 percent of the total, 326,000 ounces, being the 1-ounce $50 coins. For more on American Eagle gold bullion, please see American Eagle gold bullion


May 25, 2016: ANA’s Money Museum Catches Gold Fever
 
The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, operated by the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, has unveiled an expansion of its “California Gold Rush” exhibit.
 
The permanent exhibit showcases the California gold rush as seen through the instruments that were essential for processing bullion—scales and weights. The exhibit was made possible through a donation from the Gerard A. Smith Collection. For more on ANA’s Money Museum, please see ANA’s Money Museum


May 25, 2016: Gold coin jewelry always in fashion at Sedwick’s Treasure and World Coin sales
 
When it comes to Spanish colonial coins, gold never goes out of fashion. And when it comes to fashion, Spanish colonial coins are as good as gold.
 
Several lots in Daniel Frank Sedwick’s Treasure and World Coin auction No. 19, held May 18 and 19, included items of jewelry made with Spanish colonial cob coins. For more on Gold coin jewelry, please see Gold coin jewelry


May 24, 2016: ANA Summer Seminar Highlights Area Attractions and Numismatic Offerings
 
The American Numismatic Association's premier educational event, Summer Seminar, is a great vacation for the whole family. While the studious collector is in the classroom, friends and family can embark on non-numismatic adventures and day trips.
 
“Spousetivities” are daily excursions arranged by the ANA for guests and family to enjoy while Summer Seminar students attend classes and workshops. All of the activities are a la carte, so participants can select one, some or all. For more on ANA Summer Seminar Highlights, please see ANA Summer Seminars


May 24, 2016: Coins of Jamaica honor reggae musician Robert 'Bob' Marley
 
Described as a “black Bob Dylan” in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biographical sketch, Robert “Bob” Marley developed and spread the popularity of reggae beyond Jamaica to the world.
 
He achieved international recognition and acclaim, including the Order of Merit awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II of England. Marley’s career was cut short by his premature death from brain and lung cancer May 11, 1981. For more on Robert “Bob” Marley, please see Robert “Bob” Marley


May 23, 2016: Disney Dollars series discontinued May 14 as digital money use rises
 
The Disney Dollar, a popular form of private currency since 1987, was discontinued on May 14. The news broke two days earlier when Walt Disney World Today News said the company was stopping all sales of the notes. The company claimed the reason was the rising use of gift cards and digital currency. The bills will continue to be “legal tender” at all Disney U.S. locations where they were normally used and they will not expire.
 
The Disney notes became a collectible soon after they became a currency. They were conceived by Disneyland’s first president, Jack Lindquist, with images of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, as well as park landmarks, and it was apparent immediately that not all would be redeemed, but many would instead be retained as souvenirs and collectibles. They were a hit from the start, with reports of transactions as high as $10,000. The notes exist in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50. For more on Disney Dollars, please see Disney Dollars


May 21, 2016: Counterfeit 1894-O Morgan dollar discovered
 
Numismatic Guaranty Corp. has identified a new “contemporary counterfeit” 1894-O Morgan dollar and dollar experts have assigned a VAM number to it, just like a new genuine die variety. Coin World’s William T. Gibbs explains why in his look at contemporary counterfeits.
 
Now, why would a VAM variety number be assigned to a counterfeit 1894 O-Morgan dollar? That’s because it’s what we call a contemporary counterfeit. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, which recently identified the fake, believes that this piece was struck about 1902 to 1904, and it was made for circulation. That is why we call them contemporary counterfeits; they were struck about the same time as the genuine coins were in circulation. For more on this Counterfeit Morgan dollar, please play the video Counterfeit Morgan dollar


May 20, 2016: Paper money changes great, but let's now turn to our coins
 
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s April 20 announcement that for the first time in more than a century the face of a U.S. paper money denomination will feature the portrait of a woman — Harriet Tubman — marks a historic turning point in the way top government officials, especially within the Treasury Department, view the role of the subject matter portrayed on our money. In fact, the introductory statement at the Treasury Department’s website detailing the upcoming design changes for the $20, $10, and $5 Federal Reserve notes is revolutionary.
 
“America’s currency is a state­ment about who we are as a nation. Our modern money honors our history and celebrates our values.” For more on money changes, please see Money changes


May 18, 2016: Repairs to dies restore lost details: Collectors' Clearinghouse
 
The fifth and sixth editions of the indispensable Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties include several 20th century coins struck by re-engraved working dies. Despite their distinct appearance, the vast majority are fairly recent discoveries.
 
A re-engraved die is one that has been modified after hubbing or installation. Repair jobs were usually undertaken to restore lost details and enhance faint details. Loss of design clarity may result from: (1) Overpolishing of Proof dies, which can erase shallow recesses and soften borders. (2) Overzealous intentional die abrasion in circulation-strike dies, which can erase shallow die recesses and thin already-narrow design elements. (3) Die wear that leaves the design mushy and boundaries indistinct. For more on lost details, please see Lost details


May 17, 2016: Collector tips: where to buy world coins, from obvious sources to the obscure
 
For buying world coins, things aren’t as straightforward as with buying United States coins.
 
Go to any flea market, antique store or coin auction, and almost all of the coins you’ll find are American. From Lincoln cents to Indian Head 5-cent coins, Winged Liberty Head dimes and Morgan dollars, these famous and fantastic designs proliferate. For more on these alternative sources, please see Collector tips


May 16, 2016: Eurozone to stop printing, issuing €500 note by the end of 2018
 
The European Central Bank announced on May 4 that it will permanently stop printing and issuing the €500 bank note by the end of 2018. The decision is the end result of a discussion that began publicly not long ago and reached a crescendo after the attacks in Paris and Brussels in November and March. The dispute over the note’s future pitted multiple law enforcement agencies against the note’s defenders. Some of this latter group equate the move with an infringement on personal freedom. Others say the note is important for those who distrust the banking system.
 
The highest value note in the euro series (worth approximately $570 at current exchange rates) has been called the “Bin Laden” and the note “criminals love” because of its supposed appeal to terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers. A million dollars in €500 notes, for instance, weighs just 5½ pounds, while its equivalent in €200 bills would weigh more than double that, and the same in €100 notes, over four times as much. For more on this announcement, please see Eurozone to stop printing €500 note


May 14, 2016: Captain Kirk strikes a coin as part of #StarTrek50 celebration
 
The Royal Canadian Mint shared on its Twitter page some cool things happening around the #StarTrek50 anniversary.
 
William Shatner, the well-known Canadian actor who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series, was on hand at the RCM on Thursday, May 12, to strike his own collector's edition silver coin. For more on this event, please see Captain Kirk strikes a coin


May 13, 2016: Visually intriguing double-denomination error almost surreal
 
Two rare 1792 patterns led bidding at Heritage’s April 27 to May 1 auctions during the Central States Numismatic Society 77th annual convention in Schaumburg, Ill., with one nearly hitting the $1 million mark. At $22.3 million, the total for the U.S. coin portion of the sale fell below totals of the last few years, but many exciting rarities still traded hands in Chicagoland.
 
Here is one of three that caught my eye and are the focus of this week's Market Analysis. The coin: 1979-P Anthony dollar struck on a 1978 quarter dollar, Mint error, MS-66. The price: $14,100 For more on this error, please see Double-denomination error


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May 12, 2016: The Numismatist Adopts HTML for Online Viewing Platform
 
The American Numismatic Association announced today that it is shifting the online viewing platform for its flagship publication, The Numismatist, to HTML5 Viewer. The viewer is a compatibility upgrade and brings a new look and a new menu. Readers don’t need any plugins (such as Flash or other software) beyond their modern Internet browser; pages are larger and toolbars can be hidden when not in use.
 
“The new viewer is very intuitive,” says Barbara Gregory, editor-in-chief of The Numismatist. “A pop-up tutorial will guide readers the first time they access the magazine online in the new format. HTML5 Viewer should be compatible with all new platforms, including Apple iOS, which did not support the Flash plugin. Readers now will have a unified viewing experience across all browsers, regardless of the device.” For more on this change, please see The Numismatist Adopts HTML


May 11, 2016: Odd alloy State quarters perplex: Collectors' Clearinghouse
 
Coins struck on experimental planchets provide a fascinating window into the U.S. Mint’s occasional forays into alternative metal compositions. Famous recent examples include 1974-dated Lincoln cents struck on aluminum and bronze-clad steel planchets.
 
Closer to the present we have, according to error dealer Mike Byers, an estimated 20 State quarter dollars, six to seven Anthony dollars, and one Sacagawea dollar struck on experimental planchets. But unlike the 1974 cents, there is lingering uncertainty over whether the strikes or the planchets were authorized by Mint authorities. Let’s focus on the quarter dollars, where sample size and diversity of appearance is greatest. For more on this alloy, please see Odd alloy State quarters


May 10, 2016: Massive hoard of ancient Roman coins discovered in Spain: Coin World Buzz
 
1,300 pounds of Roman history. Last week, a Spanish construction crew that was installing electricity in a park in Tomares — a town in the province of Seville — made an incredible discovery.
 
CNN reports that while digging, the crew banged into a collection of ancient Roman bronze coins that date back to the third century. For more on this discovery, please see Hoard of ancient Roman coins


May 7, 2016: Professional Numismatists Guild issues warning against counterfeits
 
Beware of counterfeit vintage rare coins and fake modern gold and silver bullion items now being offered in the marketplace. Purchase only from reputable dealers, cautions the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).
 
The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top numismatic experts. For more on this problem, please see Warning against counterfeits


May 6, 2016: Check it out: Gold Standing Liberty quarter at CSNS convention
 
Coin World Edior-at-Large Steve Roach (RoachDotSteve) last week made the rounds at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Schaumburg, IL, where he came across an example of the second gold centennial edition of a classic 1916 coin from the United States Mint — the Standing Liberty quarter dollar.
 
The 2016-W Standing Liberty quarter-ounce quarter dollar is composed of 24-karat gold. For more on this coin, please see Gold Standing Liberty quarter


May 4, 2016: Unique errors can pose a challenge: Collectors' Clearinghouse
 
Unique errors often pose a diagnostic challenge because there are no precedents to consult. Such is the case with a 1972-D Jefferson 5-cent coin recently sent to me by veteran error collector Steve Mills. A curved (concave) clip in the northwest quadrant is flanked by an unexpected curved groove. The clip shows such hallmarks of authenticity as metal flow in adjacent design elements (like the E of WE) and weakness of the design rim at the pole opposite the clip (the “Blakesley Effect”).
 
The groove was clearly present before the strike because its margins are flush with the field and design and it widens and narrows in concert with the topography that it crosses. For more on these errors, please see Unique errors


May 3, 2016: American Numismatic Association Awards College Scholarships
 
The American Numismatic Association has awarded 2016 college scholarships to Nathan Godin, a senior at Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C., and Peyton Souder, a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Fla.
 
Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use toward tuition at an institution of their choice. For more on these scholarships, please see ANA College Scholarships


May 3, 2016: Canada issues colorful Toronto Blue Jays coin
 
A Canadian coin honoring a Canadian baseball team in the American League is available only in Canada.
 
The Royal Canadian Mint on April 22 released a Proof 2016 .9999 fine silver $20 coin to mark the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball franchise. For more on this coin, please see Toronto Blue Jays coin


May 2, 2016: United States coinage soon to feature color: Monday Morning Brief
 
Coin World’s Jeff Starck reports about a commemorative coin that will become America’s first to display color. The 2018 Breast Cancer gold $5 coin will display “pink” gold, playing off the color pink that is so popular in Breast Cancer Awareness and exhibiting the influence of the Royal Canadian Mint’s past coinage.
 
Collectors of United States commemorative coins could soon be seeing pink. The United States Congress has passed the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act, and U.S. Mint officials have wasted no time in preparing for production of what will be the nation's first pink coin. To watch this video, please see Monday Morning Brief


May 1, 2016: 1792 patterns lead Heritage's CSNS convention auction bidding
 
Two 1792 patterns from the dawn of the Philadelphia Mint led bidding at Heritage’s April 28 Platinum Night auction, held at the Central States Numismatic Society convention, April 27 to 30, in Schaumburg, Ill.
 
At $998,750, the top lot was a 1792 silver disme pattern that matched the price it brought last year when offered from the Donald Groves Partrick Collection at Heritage’s 2015 Florida United Numismatists auction. For more on this auction, please see Heritage's CSNS convention auction


April 29, 2016: Here's the Centennial 2016 Winged Liberty Head gold dime
 
One of the most beloved U.S. coins now has a gold centennial edition, and we know what it looks like up close.
 
L&C Coins of Los Alamitos, Cslif., purchased at least one example of the Winged Liberty Head gold dime and shared pictures on Facebook April 25. For more on this coin, please see 2016 Winged Liberty Head gold dime


April 28, 2016: Expand Your Numismatic Knowledge at ANA’s Summer Seminar
 
The American Numismatic Association's annual Summer Seminar is fast approaching but there’s still time to register. The two one-week sessions will be held June 18-30, 2016 on the campus of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, adjacent to ANA headquarters. Summer Seminar offers hands-on training with a plethora of classes suited for collectors at all levels, from the curious beginner to the most advanced numismatist. The online registration cutoff is June 1.
 
For many hobbyists, Summer Seminar can be a life-changing event. It has launched the careers of many of the nation's most successful numismatic collectors, authors and dealers, and guided young numismatists to become hobby leaders. Now celebrating its 48th year, the 2016 Summer Seminar features a variety of classes to meet virtually every collector's needs, including grading, counterfeit detection, photography, Colonial Americana, numismatic publishing, ancients, and more. To view a full list of Summer Seminar courses, session schedules, or to download the catalog, visit www.money.org/summer-seminar. For more on this seminar, please see ANA’s Summer Seminar


April 28, 2016: PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show August 6-8, Anaheim CA
 
Presented by the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, right next to the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland!
 
For many true coin enthusiasts, dealers and collectors alike, four days at the ANA is not enough, especially this year. So why not make a full week of it? Come for the PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show, and stay for the ANA World's Fair of Money. For more on this show, please see PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show


April 28, 2016: More than half of Cumberland Gap 5-ounce silver bullion coins sold
 
The U.S. Mint has recorded sales of more than half of the 120,000 initial mintage allocated for the 2016 Cumberland National Historical Park 5-ounce silver bullion coins.
 
The coins went on sale to the Mint's authorized purchasers on April 18. Through April 25, 64,000 coins were recorded sold. For more on these coins, please see Cumberland Gap 5-ounce silver bullion coins


April 27, 2016: Register for the World's Fair of Money
 
Register for the World's Fair of Money by June 24 for event and seminar discounts.
 
The World's Fair of Money is the biggest educational coin show in the country. Build your collection from the best numismatic inventory anywhere, attend lectures and seminars, and view rare historical tresures from the ANA Money Museum and private collections. Register by June 24 to receive a $20 early enrollment discount. Life members receive an additional $40 off. For more on this registration and discounts, please see World's Fair of Money registration


April 26, 2016: Star Wars sage Yoda appears on new coins
 
If the image of Star Wars’ Yoda on three new coins from Niue could talk, he might suggest to buyers, “Delay you must not.”
 
The short sagacious green character of Star Wars movie fame is the third subject in a series of coins celebrating the classic series. The coins are being issued for Niue by New Zealand Mint and in cooperation with the Perth Mint, where the coins were struck. For more on this coin, please see Yoda on new coins


April 25, 2016: Switzerland releases first of nation's new series as security overhaul begins
 
The first design in Switzerland’s new bank note series, a 50-franc note, was put into circulation by the Swiss National Bank on April 12. It has been more than 20 years since the last bank note series and the new notes, more modern and more secure than the ones they replace, represent a security overhaul since, as the bank says, the “world has undergone a technological quantum leap.”
 
The entire series is designed by Manuela Pfrunder and printed by Orell Füssli Security Printing Ltd. using an innovative, three-layer banknote substrate called Durasafe that is different from polymer. The six-note series will be introduced at six-month to one-year intervals and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. For more on these Swiss notes, please see Swiss notes


April 23, 2016: Anomalous 1942-S Jefferson 5¢ coin mystifies expert researchers
 
Researchers may be getting a bit closer to understanding the nature of a unique 1942-S Jefferson 5-cent coin that United States Mint records say should not exist.
 
The anomalous coin, known since 1961, bears the original reverse design style, with the S Mint mark positioned to the right of Jefferson’s home at Monticello, though records state that the San Francisco Mint did not strike any 1942-S 5-cent coins of that design style. The coin is made of a silver-copper-manganese alloy (though in recent years the coin’s composition has mistakenly been identified as copper-nickel by some sources). Interestingly, the ratios of the three metals in the coin’s makeup have been shown to differ from the standard. For more on this mystery nickel, please see Mystery 1942-S Jefferson nickel


April 22, 2016: ANA Florence Schook School of Numismatics Summer Seminar
 
The Art of Engraving: This hands-on course teaches artists (and those interested in this art form) how medals and coins are traditionally created. Instructed by Laura Stocklin, metalsmith and printmaker, students explore the ancient art of hand die-engraving together with more modern processes currently used to create coins and medals.
 
Scholarships Available: Six successful candidates will receive a scholarship to attend the Art of Engraving at the ANA's Summer Seminar, June 18-23, 2016. The scholarship includes tuition, lodging and meals for one week and up to $400 reimbursement for transportation costs. Students who successfully complete the first year will be invited back for the second year (June 2017) to continue their study of this fascinating art form (and will receive a second scholarship, as outlined above, to allow participation in 2017). For more on this seminar, please see The Art of Engraving


April 22, 2016: Register Online for Summer Seminar
 
Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for numismatic learning and camaraderie that offers students a varied selection of weeklong courses designed for discovery or continued study.
 
For many students, Summer Seminar is a life-changing event; it has catapulted the careers of several of the nation's most respected collectors, authors and dealers. For more on this seminar, please see Summer Seminar


April 22, 2016: Mint pricing grid incorporates 2016 Centennial gold coins
 
The U.S. Mint has added pricing guidelines for the gold centennial coins — the 2016-W Winged Liberty Head dime, Standing Liberty quarter dollar and Walking Liberty half dollar — to its pricing grid for coins containing precious metals, according to an April 15 notice posted on the Federal Register.
 
Based on the current range for the spot price of gold per troy ounce on the London PM fix, the Winged Liberty Head gold dime, which goes on sale at noon Eastern Time April 21, will be priced at just over $200 per coin. The maximum product limit is 125,000 coins with an initial household ordering limit of 10 coins, subject to modification. The gold dime was produced with a business strike finish. For more on this coin, please see 2016 Centennial gold coins


April 19, 2016: Beards on coins: beginning the hirsute collecting pursuit
 
Collectors have dozens, if not hundreds, of options, if they want to begin collecting coins showing beards. There are plenty of pieces to pluck out of auctions and dealer inventory, but here are some starting points.
 
Bearded numismatists: Where does one start in this collecting field? Sam Gelberd is an educator at the American Numismatic Association (with an impressive beard of his own) and has hundreds of examples of beards on coins in his collection, which he frequently exhibits at coin shows around the country. For more on this story, please see Beards on coins


April 18, 2016: Andrew Jackson getting booted off $20, Hamilton staying on $10, CNN reports
 
Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father getting lots of attention in popular culture these days, may be staying on the $10 Federal Reserve note after all.
 
CNN is quoting a "senior government source" as saying that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson on the $20 Federal Reserve note in the future with that of a woman, a move that would keep Hamilton where he currently resides on the $10 note. For more on this announcement, please see Jackson getting booted off the $20


April 15, 2016: What makes an 1839 Coronet cent a 'Silly Head' example?
 
On March 30 as part of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo, Stack’s Bowers Galleries offered Part II of the Twin Leaf Collection of Middle and Late Date Large Cents. The collection was assembled over two decades by a devoted collector and while the finest examples were sold in July 2015, the recent offering showcased duplicates, although, as the catalog noted, “It was a challenge to pick the best coin [for the 2015 auction] since quality was always a guiding light in the assemblage of this collection.” As such, the 2016 offering was noteworthy in its own right.
 
The Coin: 1839 Coronet cent, Newcomb 2, Silly Head design, MS-66 brown. The Price: $4,456 For more on this coin, please see A 'Silly Head' example


April 14, 2016: Russia continues to add tons of gold to nation's bullion reserves
 
Russia continues to adds tons of gold to its bullion reserves, making the stockpile the sixth largest in the world.
 
Economists are reporting that gold accounts for 15 percent of Russia's overall reserves. Russia has used 13 months of steady gold buying to push the value of its gold reserves over the $380-billion mark for the first time since January 2015. For more on this report, please see Russia continues to add tons of gold


April 13, 2016: America appears as Indian princess on Franco-American jeton
 
Interest in America was evident at France’s Palace of Versailles, the enormous home constructed for King Louis XIV, long before the Franco-American alliance was born and Benjamin Franklin was visiting the court of Louis XVI.
 
France made its first claims on the American continent more than a century earlier, in 1534, when Jacques Cartier sailed into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and became the “discoverer” of Canada (much to the surprise of the thousands of people who already lived there). For more on this jeton, please see America appears as Indian princess


April 12, 2016: British Viking coin hoard discovered in October 2015 intrigues
 
There is always something exciting about finding buried treasure. Most discoveries are typical of others at the time of concealment, but there are occasionally finds that shout from the rooftops, “I am special!” This is the story of one of those, and it generated more interest than most.
 
I vaguely heard on the radio that a hoard had been found that “would change history.” For more on this discovery, please see Viking coin hoard


April 9, 2016: Female portrait for new $10 bill soon revealed
 
The long awaited announcement is almost here, according to MSN Money.
 
Last week during an interview with PBS's Charlie Rose, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said that he's "close to reaching a decision" on who the female historic figure to be represented on a current piece of U.S. paper money will be. For more on this change, please see Female portrait for new $10 bill


April 8, 2016: Money Museum Hosts Free Event to Celebrate National Coin Week
 
The American Numismatic Association and the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will celebrate National Coin Week during the week of April 17-23 with an array of activities, including an open house with free admission and special events on Saturday, April 23.
 
National Coin Week has been recognized since 1924. The theme for this year's event is "Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom," which celebrates the representations of Liberty on coins and paper money around the world, from ancient to modern times. This year marks the centennial anniversary of three popular U.S. coin designs featuring Liberty: the Mercury (or Winged Liberty) dime, the Standing Liberty quarter and the Walking Liberty half dollar. For more on this event, please see National Coin Week


April 8, 2016: Gold 2016-W Winged Liberty Head dime mintage limit at 125,000
 
The product limit is set at 125,000 coins for the Uncirculated 2016-W Winged Liberty Head Centennial gold dime, which goes on sale at noon Eastern Time April 21 from the U.S. Mint.
 
The 2016 gold dime has an initial household order limit of 10. Mint officials say they will continue to monitor sales and adjust the household order limit as appropriate. For more on this limit, please see Gold 2016-W dime mintage limit


April 7, 2016: American Numismatic Association Launches Membership Drive
 
Collectors who have been on the fence about joining the American Numismatic Association now have an additional reason to sign up. The ANA is offering a limited-edition Mint State (MS)-69 American Silver Eagle for new members who join at the Platinum level. The Silver Eagle premium, specially labeled by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) for the ANA’s 125th anniversary, is also available to current members who renew for an additional three years.
 
Only 2,500 of the encapsulated MS-69 ANA 125th Anniversary Silver Eagles will be issued. For more on this Membership Drive, please see ANA Membership Drive


April 7, 2016: Mint sales of American Eagle silver bullion coins just under 16 million
 
Cumulative U.S. Mint sales of American Eagle silver bullion coins to authorized purchasers reached 15,964,000 coins at the close of business April 5.
 
The weekly allocation announced April 4 was 1,042,500 coins, which includes 42,500 coins remaining from the March 28 weekly allocation of 1 million coins. For more on these sales, please see American Eagle silver bullion sales


April 6, 2016: Money Talks Speakers Wanted for Anaheim World’s Fair of Money
 
On March 15, 1858, Augustus G. Sage and friends formed the American Numismatic Society, the second such coin-collecting group in the United States.
 
American Numismatic Association members are encouraged to share their ideas and research with fellow hobbyists by delivering a Money Talks presentation at the 2016 World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Aug. 9-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center. For more on this announcement, please see Money Talks presentations


April 6, 2016: Busy time in 1859 in numismatics, then nothing: Q. David Bowers
 
On March 15, 1858, Augustus G. Sage and friends formed the American Numismatic Society, the second such coin-collecting group in the United States.
 
The other, the Philadelphia Numismatic Society, was two months and 15 days older, having been formed on New Year’s Day. For more on this story, please see Busy time in 1859


April 5, 2016: Portugal celebrates 2016 Olympic Games with ringed-bimetallic €2 coin
 
Portugal is commemorating the Portuguese athletes participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a coin.
 
The circulating commemorative €2 coin's obverse displays a famed piece of modern art with a historic inspiration. The composition is based on a work of art signed by the artist Joanna Vasconcelos, her Heart of Viana sculptures, inspired by traditional jewelry from the north of Portugal (around the city of Viana do Castelo). For more on this coin, please see Portugal 2016 Olympic €2 coin


April 4, 2016: Seldom seen silver bullion coins: Monday Morning Brief, April 4, 2016
 
The release of the Isle of Man's Reverse Proof silver Angel coins prompts Senior Editor Jeff Starck to provide a quick look at some other seldom seen silver bullion coins.
 
Options range from the Archangel coins from Ukraine, Elephant coins from Somalia, Noah's Ark from Armenia and more. For view this video, please see silver bullion coins


April 3, 2016: Most well known Australian rarity among highlights of April 23 auction
 
Though it is not the rarest Australian coin, the 1930 penny has attained legendary status.
 
One of the more “affordable” examples of this key date in the Australian series highlights sale No. 83 for International Auction Galleries, scheduled for April 23 in Queensland. For more on this coin, please see Australian rarity


April 2, 2016: What is the Oak Island 'Money Pit'?: Coin World Buzz
 
Tales of pirates and buried treasures have always sparked interest, but very rarely has a tale of excavation and digging garnered the amount of attention that the Oak Island "Money Pit" has without yielding much of major significance.
 
Today's Buzz takes a look back at a 2008 podcast from Brian Dunning of Skeptoid during which he discusses the history of the mysterious pit. For more on the Oak Island 'Money Pit', please see Oak Island 'Money Pit'


April 1, 2016: Prices of early copper U.S. coins tempt forgers: Detecting Counterfeits
 
As prices for early United States copper coins continue to increase, half cents and large cents from the 1790s are becoming targets for counterfeiters.
 
The fake shown here was produced from transfer dies, where all of the details from a genuine model coin are transferred to a set of fake dies, resulting in a counterfeit that appears genuine at first glance. For more on counterfeits, please see Detecting counterfeits


March 30, 2016: Online Registration Available for Summer Seminar
 
Hobbyists interested in attending the American Numsmatic Association's 48th annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo. can now register for the event online. The two one-week sessions will be held June 18-30, 2016. ANA members who register by March 31 will save $50 per session on the cost of tuition; life members who register will save an additional $25 per session. The online registration cutoff is June 1.
 
ANA members will need their money.org username and password to register online. Step-by-step instructions for online registration, as well as the registration form, can be found at www.money.org/summer-seminar/register. For more on registration, please see Online registration


March 29, 2016: Exhibitors Honored at Dallas National Money Show®
 
The American Numismatic Association presented competitive exhibit awards at its annual National Money Show to honor outstanding exhibits in several categories. The 2016 show was held March 3-5 in Dallas, Texas. ANA member Michael Ross received the Steven J. D’Ippolito Best-in-Show Exhibit award for his exhibit, “The Cathedral Medals of Jacques Wiener.”
 
The second place Best-in-Show award was also presented to Michael Ross for “An Overview of French Feudal Coinage of the Middle Ages.” Third place was awarded to Garry Moore for his exhibit “Token Appreciation: History of Hawaii's School Lunch Token Program.” For more on these exhibitors, please see Exhibitors honored


March 29, 2016: How to build a set of ancient Roman coins of the Twelve Caesars
 
Early in the second century A.D., Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus authored a set of 12 biographies, the stories of the dictator Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire, covering history from 49 B.C. to 96 A.D..These dozen rulers have become a popular focus for building a set of ancient coins — a Twelve Caesars set.
 
Many options are available to the collector, and a completed set of Twelve Caesars coinage can be very expensive or fairly moderate in price. For more on these coins, please see Twelve Caesars


March 28, 2016: ‘Hamilton’ cast may save Hamilton on $10 Federal Reserve note
 
Opposing factions in the debate over women on American currency have staked out their battlefield on the pages of the New York Times. The Theater section of the March 17 issue offers a breath of relief to fans of Alexander Hamilton with the news that he “may stay on the $10 bill thanks to help from Broadway.”
 
It has been widely reported that the cast of the hit Broadway show Hamilton visited and performed at the White House on March 14. Mostly unmentioned until the Times reported it is that the show’s star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, visited with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew before the performance. Besides a tour, there was a discussion about the future of the $10 bill, in which Miranda says he was told by the secretary that “you’re going to be very happy” with the new note. For more on this story, please see ‘Hamilton’ cast


March 28, 2016: American Numismatic Association Celebrates National Coin Week with Educational Activities
 
From the nation’s founding to the modern era, depictions of Liberty have been fundamental to American coin design. Because 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of three popular U.S. coin designs featuring Liberty—the Mercury (or Winged Liberty) dime, the Standing Liberty quarter and the Walking Liberty half dollar—the American Numismatic Association (ANA) selected "Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom” as the theme for the 93rd annual National Coin Week, April 17-23. The theme was provided by ANA member Nelson Hanks of Montgomery, Ala.
 
The Association will host a variety of National Coin Week activities online and at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. Events and educational content focuses on the representations of Liberty on coins and paper money around the world, from ancient to modern times. For more on this announcement, please see Educational Activities


March 25, 2016: American Numismatic Association Celebrates National Coin Week with Educational Activities
 
From the nation’s founding to the modern era, depictions of Liberty have been fundamental to American coin design. Because 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of three popular U.S. coin designs featuring Liberty—the Mercury (or Winged Liberty) dime, the Standing Liberty quarter and the Walking Liberty half dollar—the American Numismatic Association (ANA) selected "Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom” as the theme for the 93rd annual National Coin Week, April 17-23. The theme was provided by ANA member Nelson Hanks of Montgomery, Ala.
 
The Association will host a variety of National Coin Week activities online and at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. Events and educational content focuses on the representations of Liberty on coins and paper money around the world, from ancient to modern times. For more on this announcement, please see Educational Activities


March 25, 2016: Counterfeit modern U.S. gold issues in fake NGC holders with fake labels
 
Counterfeit Proof American Eagle and American Buffalo 1-ounce gold $50 coins have been reported in Ohio encapsulated in fake Numismatic Guaranty Corp. plastic holders with counterfeit grading label inserts.
 
The counterfeits surfaced in the greater Columbus area at a retail coin shop whose owner wishes to remain anonymous. For more on these counterfeits, please see Counterfeits


March 24, 2016: Damage from high relief on American Eagle gold bullion coins hurt grades
 
Some 2016 American Eagle 1-ounce gold bullion $50 coins submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corp. have received final grades three to five points lower than expected because of damage caused by coins with higher obverse relief than normal being stacked together in the usual packaging tubes.
 
The value of a coin can drop significantly with each point reduction in grade. For more on this damage, please see Damage on American Eagles


March 23, 2016: Where’s the Mint mark? Curious Proof No S dimes
 
Modern collectors continue to break records at auction for rare coins in top grades, as evidenced by the GreatCollections.com auction Feb. 14 of a Professional Coin Grading Service Proof 70 Deep Cameo 1983-S Roosevelt, No S dime for $20,489.70.
 
Eleven bidders participated in the auction and two bidders competed above the $10,000 level for the dime that had a QA check sticker on the PCGS holder. For more on mint marks, please see Mint marks


March 21, 2016: National bank notes have a major impact on the marketplace and hobby
 
A six-week span from mid-March to the end of April has three auctions that, in their floor sessions alone, offer more than 3,300 lots of United States paper currency from Colonial times forward. Often unrecognized is that national bank notes take up a preponderance of the space in most auctions. The three current sales, for instance, offer close to 1,300 nationals, or about 40 percent of the total number of lots. Every auction naturally has its assortment of large-size type notes, better small-size notes and at least a smattering of fractional, Colonial, Confederate and, in growing numbers, obsolete notes.
 
Often unrecognized is that national bank notes take up a preponderance of the space in most auctions. The three current sales, for instance, offer close to 1,300 nationals, or about 40 percent of the total number of lots. National bank notes are the largest and one of the most enduring issues of American paper currency. They were first issued in 1863, making them among the first federal issues, and did not end until 1935. Of the 14,348 chartered national banks during this period, more than 12,000 issued notes. For more on National bank notes, please see National bank notes


March 19, 2016: The 2016 National Coin Week is April 17-23
 
From the nation's founding to the modern era, depictions of Liberty have been fundamental to American coin design. Because 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of three popular U.S. coin designs featuring Liberty -- the Mercury (or Winged Liberty) dime, the Standing Liberty quarter and the Walking Liberty half dollar -- the American Numismatic Association (ANA) selected "Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom" as the theme for the 93rd annual National Coin Week, April 17-23.
 
The Association will host a variety of National Coin Week educational activities online and at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. Events and educational content focuses on the representations of Liberty on coins and paper money around the world, from ancient to modern times. For more on the National Coin Week, please see National Coin Week


March 19, 2016: Son of former Denver Mint employee returns aluminum 1974-D Lincoln cent
 
SAN DIEGO — The son of a late United States Mint official has returned a rare and valuable 1974-D aluminum one-cent piece to the United States Mint, bringing an end to a lawsuit over the ownership of the piece.
 
Randall Lawrence, the son of the late Mint official Harry Lawrence, and Michael McConnell, the owner of the La Jolla Coin Shop, had brought a lawsuit against the United States to establish ownership rights of the penny. For more on this coin, please see Aluminum 1974-D Lincoln cent


March 18, 2016: National Money Show Draws 2,500 Attendees
 
The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2016 National Money Show in Dallas welcomed a total of 2,585 people for the three-day event, which was held March 3-5 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
 
“Although the attendance for the Dallas National Money Show was less than robust, those that turned out found business to be better than expected,” said ANA President Jeff Garrett. “Most dealers reported strong sales, both on a wholesale and retail level. The abundant educational opportunities are a strong draw for serious collectors, and those who attended took full advantage of an exciting bourse floor.” For more on this show, please see National Money Show


March 18, 2016: American Liberty gold $100 coin, silver medal designs get CCAC nod
 
Designs for the second American Liberty, High Relief gold $100 coin to be struck and issued by the U.S. Mint were recommended March 15 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
 
The designs recommended for the 2017 .9999 fine gold coin will be replicated, without the coin inscriptions, on High Relief .999 fine silver companion medals. For more on this story, please see American Liberty


March 17, 2016: Precious metals dealer JM Bullion now accepts Bitcoin
 
A well-known Dallas precious metals dealer has recently announced that it now accepts Bitcoin as a standard form of payment, CoinDesk reports.
 
JM Bullion has become one of several American-based precious metals dealers (Agora Commodities and Amagi Metals are two others, per CoinDesk) that will accept the digital currency, and will do so through a partnership with the start-up bitcoin integration company BitPay. For more on this story, please see Dealer now accepts Bitcoin


March 16, 2016: Hiker in Israel discovers rare gold aureus of Trajan
 
Most hikers hope to find relaxation and exercise when tromping through the wild, but an outdoor enthusiast in Israel found something even rarer — only the second known gold coin of its type.
 
The gold aureus issued by Roman Emperor Trajan is one of two examples known, with a “twin” in the British Museum. The gold aureus comes from a series of “restoration” coins honoring past rulers and deeds. The rare aureus depicts Emperor Augustus (Gaius Octavius), the founder of the Roman Empire and its first Emperor. For more on this find, please see Hiker discovers rare gold coin


March 15, 2016: What You Need to Know
 
Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for numismatic learning and camaraderie that offers students a varied selection of weeklong courses designed for discovery or continued study. For many students, Summer Seminar is a life-changing event; it has catapulted the careers of several of the nation's most respected collectors, authors and dealers.
 
Prospective students can take advantage of scholarships to Summer Seminar offered by various clubs across the nation. Visit www.money.org/summer-seminar to view a listing of current club scholarships. For more on this seminar, please see What You Need


March 15, 2016: Peter Rabbit coin to enter circulation in 2016
 
“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.”
 
Peter Rabbit, the most recognizable of Potter’s creations and one of the most cherished figures from children’s literature, stars in the design of 2016 50-penny coins announced Feb. 29 by the Royal Mint. For more on Peter Rabbit, please see Peter Rabbit coin


March 14, 2016: Forbes contributor pans the idea of scrapping high-value notes
 
Forbes magazine contributing columnist Tim Worstall has an unconventional take on the recent uproar over discontinuing the printing of high-value bank notes. In a column titled “If Most 500 Euro Bills Are In Russia Then It Shouldn’t Be Scrapped.” His rationale, which would also apply to the $100 Federal Reserve note, is that producing them is just about pure profit for the entity that issues them.
 
Worstall’s explanation involves “seigniorage,” the profit made by the bank in printing money. He says “Take ten cents of ink, ten cents of high quality paper and you can then sell that newly printed note for 500 euros. That’s a pretty good profit percentage there.” For more on this plan, please see Scrapping high-value notes


March 14, 2016: ANA’s Club Publications Contest Features New Prizes
 
Each spring, the American Numismatic Association calls for submissions in its Outstanding Club Publications competition. The contest is open to clubs that are current with their ANA dues and do not have an elected or sal­aried ANA ­officer as editor or assist­ant editor. Club publications must have been ­issued on a regular basis, and entries must include a complete set of 2015 publications. Completed submissions must be received by May 22.
 
Submissions must include the name of the editor, and the name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the submitter. Honors will be presented in Anaheim at the World’s Fair of Money in four categories—local, re­gional, specialty and electronic. For more on this contest, please see ANA’s Club Publications Contest


March 12, 2016: 2016-W Winged Liberty Head Centennial gold dime for sale April 21
 
Without much fanfare, the U.S. Mint posted notice on its website March 9 that sales for the 2016-W Winged Liberty Head Centennial gold dime will begin at noon Eastern Time April 21.
 
The much-anticipated dime is the first of three Centennial anniversary coins in gold to replicate .900 fine silver versions originally introduced in 1916. The other two, also dated 2016 and also to be composed of .9999 fine gold, are the Standing Liberty quarter dollar and the Walking Liberty half dollar. For more on this coin, please see Gold Winged Liberty Head Dime


March 11, 2016: Online Registration Available for Summer Seminar
 
Hobbyists interested in attending the American Numismatic Association's 48th annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo. can now register for the event online. The two one-week sessions will be held June 18-30, 2016. ANA members who register by March 31 will save $50 per session on the cost of tuition; life members who register will save an additional $25 per session. The online registration cutoff is June 1.
 
ANA members will need their money.org username and password to register online. Step-by-step instructions for online registration, as well as the registration form, can be found at www.money.org/summer-seminar/register. For more on this seminar, please see Summer Seminar


March 11, 2016: Liberty Mutual Insurance through the American Numismatic Association
 
A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance to ANA members.
 
As a member of ANA, you're eligible for an exclusive discount on auto and home insurance with Liberty Mutual. Save even more when you combine both policies with our Multi-Policy Discount. For more on this offer, please see Liberty Mutual Insurance


March 11, 2016: The Florence Schook School of Numismatics
 
Learn how to grade mint state U.S. coins through the ANA School of Numismatics at the Michigan State Numismatic Society Spring Convention, April 8-10.
 
"Grading Mint State Coins" is a two-day seminar that uses comprehensive digital presentations, in-depth discussion, market grading analysis and extensive hands-on coin viewing to develop your ability to grade mint state United States coins. Learn to spot many often-missed surface problems, alterations and enhancements that can adversely affect grade. Basic conservation techniques, toning, coin doctoring, and Star and Plus grade designations will also be discussed. For more on this school, please see Grading Mint State Coins


March 11, 2016: Counterfeit Proof 2015-W American Eagle silver dollar surfaces at show
 
The latest counterfeit to infiltrate the collector market is a fake Proof 2015-W American Eagle silver dollar that appeared at a Florida coin show in February.
 
Reports have also surfaced of several other different Proof dates also appearing, with 2013 and 2014 pieces among them. For more on this counterfeit, please see Counterfeit Proof

March 10, 2016: Submissions Accepted for ANA Young Numismatist Literary Awards
 
Submissions for the American Numismatic Association’s annual Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition are being accepted through May 16. The awards were established to encourage young writers and promote future numismatic ¬authors and ¬researchers. The contest is open to young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for cash awards and numismatic books. Article submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including Bill ¬Fivaz, Q. David Bowers and Kenneth Bressett. Awards will be presented in Colorado Springs at the ANA’s 2016 Summer Seminar in June. Those who are unable to attend will receive their awards by mail.
 
Eligibility: To compete in this year’s competition, participants must be ANA members. Submitted articles must focus on a numismatic topic of the competitor’s choice.
• Bill Fivaz Young Numismatist Literary Award
Ages: 8-12
Article should display basic knowledge of a numis¬matic topic. Creativity and original conclusions are encouraged. Suggested length: 450-900 words
• Q. David Bowers Young Numis¬matist Literary Award
Ages: 13-17
Article should display advanced knowledge of a numis¬matic topic. Logically presented facts and original conclusions are encouraged. A bibliographic list of sources is recommended, but not required. Suggested length: 900-1,800 words
• Kenneth E. Bressett Young Numismatist Literary Award
Ages: 18-22
Article should display in-depth knowledge of a numismatic topic. Logically presented facts and original conclusions are required, as is a bibliographic list of sources. ¬Inclusion of charts, graphs, tables or other illustrations is encouraged. Suggested length: 1,800-3,600 words
For more on this award, please see Young Numismatist Literary Awards

March 9, 2016: Bronze 1943-S Lincoln cent sells in private transaction March 2
 
One of five known bronze 1943-S Lincoln cents has been reported sold for an undisclosed sum in a private transaction March 2, less than two months after the sellers acquired the coin at public auction.
 
In 1943, the composition for Lincoln cents intended for production at the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints was zinc-coated steel. The wrong metal strikes are the result of left-over blanks from 1942 production being retained in equipment and becoming mixed in with the zinc-coated steel blanks. The composition of blanks from 1909 to 1942 was bronze: 95 percent copper and 5 percent tin and zinc. For more on this sale, please see Bronze 1943-S Lincoln cent

March 8, 2016: A Guide Book of United States Coins - 2017
 
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The biggest Red Book ever and celebrating its 70th birthday! For more on this offer, please see A Guide Book of United States Coins

March 8, 2016: Royal Canadian Mint confirms only 55 error coins entered marketplace
 
A total of 55 examples of the Royal Canadian Mint’s latest error coin escaped the Mint, according to an RCM spokesperson.
 
As Coin World reported earlier (March 14 issue), one version of the Proof 2016 Roaring Grizzly .99999 fine gold $200 coin was produced with a die bearing a marking intended for only the bullion version. The Proof coin is a limited mintage numismatic product, while the bullion coin is geared toward the broader investment market. For more on this error, please see RCM confirms 55 errors

March 7, 2016: Dutch security printer firm victim of theft of €50 notes by employees
 
A serious theft of €50 notes from the security printing firm Royal Johannes Enschedé of Haarlem, Netherlands, was the result of an “inside job,” says a Feb. 25 report by the Dutch website Crimesite.nl. Enschedé is one of the authorized printers of euro bank notes.
 
Crimesite was told by sources that there had been reports for two years that employees were stealing a “substantial amount” of €50 notes. Moreover, the theft is said to include not only finished notes, but also ones still missing the overprint of serial numbers. For more on this theft, please see Theft of €50 notes

March 6, 2016: Counterfeiters target 1-ounce gold PAMP bars, packaging
 
Counterfeiters continue to target their numismatic prey. The latest victim is the struck Lady Fortuna 1-ounce .9999 fine gold bullion bar from PAMP (Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux) in Switzerland.
 
What makes the latest counterfeit rather unusual is that not only is the rectangular bar counterfeit, but so is the blister-pack packaging in which the fake bar is secured. For more on this counterfeit, please see Counterfeiter 1-ounce gold

March 5, 2016: Counterfeiters target 1-ounce gold PAMP bars, packaging
 
Counterfeiters continue to target their numismatic prey. The latest victim is the struck Lady Fortuna 1-ounce .9999 fine gold bullion bar from PAMP (Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux) in Switzerland.
 
What makes the latest counterfeit rather unusual is that not only is the rectangular bar counterfeit, but so is the blister-pack packaging in which the fake bar is secured. For more on this counterfeit, please see Counterfeiter 1-ounce gold

March 4, 2016: Portrait on Peace dollar represented Liberty’s new face
 
There’s a bit of romance in the portrait of Liberty on the Peace dollar, and an acknowledgement of the changing complexion of the United States as immigrants flocked to our shores in the early 20th century.
 
Sculptor Anthony de Francisci, 34, was only recently married to Teresa Cafarelli, 21, when he entered the design competition for a dollar coin to celebrate the peace that followed World War I. For more on this coin, please see Peace dollar

March 2, 2016: Kennedy half dollar with 'funkadelic' toning brings $22,325
 
Among toned silver coins, bigger is often better, with collectors gravitating toward toned Morgan dollars.
 
The Legend Rare Coin Auctions Regency XVI sale in Las Vegas, held Feb. 18 in conjunction with the Professional Coin Grading Service Members Only Show, offered some monster toned Morgan dollars — such as an 1880-S dollar graded MS-66 by PCGS with bold shades of magenta, azure, and turquoise that brought $4,465. For more on this coin, please see Kennedy half dollar

March 1, 2016: Canada issues error Grizzly gold $200 coin struck with hybrid dies
 
An error version of the Royal Canadian Mint’s Proof Roaring Grizzly .99999 fine gold $200 coin has been discovered.
 
Talisman Coin staff numismatists discovered Proof coins struck with two different reverse dies, including one bearing part of a lasermark Maple Leaf security feature that was intended only for the bullion version. For more on this error Grizzly, please see Error Grizzly

February 29, 2016: Money Museum Unveils Exhibit Focused on Olympic Games
 
To mark the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janiero this summer, the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, operated by the American Numismatic Association, is unveiling its newest exhibit, "Olympic Games -- History & Numismatics."
 
Opened on Feb. 12, the exhibit showcases the wide range of numismatic objects and memorabilia honoring the Olympic Games from their ancient beginnings to the modern revival. The exhibit runs through March 2017. For more on the money museum, please see The Money Museum

February 27, 2016: Altered 1913-S Indian Head 5-cent coin: Detecting Counterfeits
 
The 1913-S Indian Head, Bison on Plain 5-cent coin is one of the key dates to the series.
 
Only the 1926-S and the 1931-S issues have a lower mintage than the 1913-S Bison on Plain coin, and only the 1916 Doubled Die Obverse, the 1918/7-D, the 1936-D Three-and-a-Half-Legged Bison, and the 1937-D Three-Legged Bison pieces are worth more in lower grades. For more on detecting counterfeits, please see Detecting Counterfeits

February 27, 2016: The risks and rewards of online coin auctions
 
Online coin auctions have dramatically changed the hobbyist culture and are likely to continue doing so for years to come. Increasingly, sales on auction portals like Proxibid and mega venues like eBay are outperforming sales via brick-and-mortar shops and regional coin shows. And for years now, major auction houses like Heritage and Stack’s Bowers Galleries have been hosting Internet sessions, knowing that sales will progress from desktop to laptop to smartphone.
 
GreatCollections, founded in 2010 by former Teletrade executive Ian Russell, was one of the first to realize where the hobby was headed and developed the technology to focus solely on sales via the World Wide Web. He built a nationally recognized brand with that knowledge. For more on risks and rewards, please see Risks and rewards

February 26, 2016: Grading Seminar offered by ANA at MSNS Convention
 
The American Numismatic Association has partnered with the Michigan State Numismatic Society to offer a two-day educational seminar prior to the annual MSNS Spring Convention. “Grading Mint State Coins” will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 6-7 at the Macomb Community College Expo Center, 14500 East 12 Mile Road, Warren, Mich. The online registration cutoff is Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
 
Using digital presentations, in-depth discussion, market grading analysis and extensive hands-on coin viewing, students will develop an ability to grade mint state United States coins. The course will be taught by Brian Silliman, professional numismatist, Brian Silliman Rare Coins and former NGC grader/conserver and ANA authenticator/conserver. Tuition is $248 for ANA and MSNS members; $208 for ANA life members; $348 for non-members. For more on this grading seminar, please see Grading Seminar

February 26, 2016: U.S. palladium coin moving closer to reality for collectors
 
U.S. Mint officials are further examining the possibility of offering the nation's first American Eagle coin struck in palladium.
 
The Mint is surveying its customers concerning their preferences for, not only a 1-ounce .9995 fine palladium coin struck in a Proof version, but half-ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce Proof versions as well. For more on palladium coins, please see U.S. Palladium coins

February 25, 2016: American Numismatic Association and Whitman Publishing Build Partnership
 
The American Numismatic Association is excited to announce a two-year partnership with Whitman Publishing, who is signing on as the ANA’s Official Supply Company. In this capacity, Whitman will provide members of the ANA with a 10 percent discount on numismatic books and supplies, and will actively promote the association and its membership benefits.
 
This is a great opportunity for the ANA and Whitman Publishing to work together to promote the hobby, while also providing value-added benefits to ANA members,” said Kim Kiick, ANA executive director. “We are very excited about this relationship, and expect that Whitman will provide our members with exceptional products and customer service.” For more on this announcement, please see ANA and Whitman Publishing

February 24, 2016: Texas school students use the West Chester Coin Club website for an assignment
 
In a recent assignment for the students of The Brenham Community Center in Texas, students worked on a project about collecting coins and currency. During their assignment they also used a website for beginners about collecting those items. That website was "A Beginner’s Guide to Paper Money and Coin Collecting".
 
Thanks to their teacher, Denise Chapman and one of her students, Jenny, for sharing this information with the West Chester Coin Club. For more on this guide, please see Beginner’s Guide to Collecting

February 23, 2016: ANA Board of Governors to hold Open Session Meeting in Dallas
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors will hold an Open Session meeting during the Dallas National Money Show starting at 8:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, Mar. 5, in Room A3 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
 
Housekeeping items comprise most of the agenda for the scheduled meeting. The board will discuss proposed changes to the ANA’s Bylaws, as well as review the current 990 and Audited Financial Statement, and a report compiled by the Audit Committee. For more on this meeting, please see Open Session Meeting

February 22, 2016: Reserve Bank of Australia to release first of new generation of notes
 
The Reserve Bank of Australia announced Feb. 11 that the first issue in that nation’s next generation of bank notes, a new $5 note, will be released Sept. 1. The announcement was made on the 50th anniversary of the introduction of decimal currency.
 
Although the future series will have new security features, tactile enhancements to aid the visually impaired and, the bank says, “a more modern feel,” the color, size and people portrayed on each denomination will stay the same. One feature of the new designs will be the depiction of a different species of Australian wattle on each denomination. The $5 note’s golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is Australia’s floral emblem. For more on these notes, please see A new generation of notes

February 20, 2016: Coins star on television programs: The Hardy Boys from The Mickey Mouse Club
 
Lost coins, stolen coins, fake coins — they all turn up on television, grist for murder, mayhem and comic misunderstandings.
 
Coins make for great drama. They’re ubiquitous, hideable, portable, liquid and potentially valuable. A plot can twist on a tiny bit of easily lost, easily hidden metal no bigger than a fingernail. For more on this design, please see Coins star on television

February 19, 2016: Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommends 2017 quarter dollar designs
 
A proposed design submitted at the last minute to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for the 2017 Ellis Island National Monument quarter dollar ultimately received the committee's recommendation Feb. 16.
 
The design was added the day of the CCAC meeting to the 15 other designs previously submitted from the U.S. Mint's engraving staff and Artistic Infusion Program artists. For more on this design, please see 2017 quarter dollar designs

February 17, 2016: Sponsors Pledge Support for the 2016 National Money Show in Dallas
 
It takes a village to put on a first-class coin show. Thanks to the support of 14 dedicated sponsors, the National Money Show is guaranteed to be one of the biggest, most educational numismatic events of the year.
 
The show is scheduled for Mar. 3-5 in Dallas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin Street. For more on this show, please see 2016 National Money Show

February 17, 2016: Why a 1968-D Washington quarter sold for $8,812.50: Market Analysis
 
Heritage’s auctions held at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectibles Expo on Feb. 4 and 5, along with an online session on Feb. 7, realized $8.27 million as of Feb. 8. Two of the top lots were consigned by Texas Rangers co-owner Bob Simpson. Leading was a 1943-S Lincoln cent struck on a bronze planchet, graded About Uncirculated 58 by Professional Coin Grading Service, that brought $282,000 and Simpson’s impressive nine-piece 1856 Proof set, which sold for nearly $200,000.
 
The Coin: 1968-D Washington quarter dollar, MS-68 For more on this coin, please see 1968-D Washington quarter dollar

February 16, 2016: 2016 Swiss shooting taler medals now available in United States
 
A distributor in the United States is offering medals celebrating a Switzerland tradition.
 
The Swiss tradition of marksmanship was established during the Old Swiss Confederacy, in the 15th century, when festival participants used crossbows in shooting contests. In modern times, every five years a federal shooting festival draws more than 50,000 sharp shooters to demonstrate their shooting skills. Smaller, annual, festivals are also held. For more on these medals, please see Swiss shooting taler medals

February 15, 2016: Eurozone ponders fate of €500 note, which some link to criminal activity
 
Citing the need to fight financial fraud and the funding of terrorism, the head of the European Union’s Anti-Fraud Office, Giovanni Kessler, said in a Jan. 25 Reuters report that the European Union should eliminate the €500 note. The note, worth $558 at current exchange rates, represents 3 percent of the euro currency notes in circulation but about 28 percent of the value, much of it thought to be held outside the euro zone in areas where cash is more desirable than a bank account.
 
Citing the work of his office, whose 300 detectives found frauds worth €900 million in 2014, Kessler said the high-denomination note makes illegal activity much easier and that smaller denominations and a more widespread use of electronic money would help fight corruption and fraud. Britain, a country outside the euro zone, has prohibited the distribution of the €500 note by banks and currency exchanges since 2010. For more on this story, please see The fate of the €500 note

February 13, 2016: American Eagle silver bullion coin sales pass 7-million mark
 
Add another 722,500 American Eagle silver bullion coins to the calendar-year 2016 sales total.
 
That's how many of the 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar coins the U.S. Mint sold to its authorized purchasers on Feb. 8, from the week's allocation of 1 million coins released for sale that day. For more on these sales, please see American Eagle silver bullion sales

February 12, 2016: NGC authenticates only second known JR-7 1796 Draped Bust dime
 
The new find, from a decades-old private collection, is graded and encapsulated by NGC as Very Good 8. Bust coin researcher and author Winston Zack values this second known piece at between $20,000 and $40,000.
 
A previously unique example, discovered in 2002 by numismatist Brian Greer, was encapsulated as Fair Details, Obverse Graffiti, Improperly Cleaned, by NGC's affiliate, Numismatic Conservation Services. The discovery piece realized $11,500 in an August 2008 sale by Heritage Auctions. For more on this coin, please see Second known 1796 Draped Bust dime

February 11, 2016: Individual 5-ounce silver bullion coin sales highest since 2011
 
U.S. Mint sales through Feb. 8 of the first America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollar for 2016 are the highest for the program since 2011.
 
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said that Feb. 8 sales of the 2016 Shawnee National Forest 5-ounce silver bullion quarter dollar reached 13,400 coins, with another 4,600 coins sold Feb. 9, and 2,000 more on Feb. 10, bringing total sales to date to 75,000 coins. For more on these sales, please see 5-ounce silver bullion coin sales

February 10, 2016: Researcher seeks evidence of third 1873-S Seated Liberty quarter dollar reverse
 
Numismatic researcher and coin collector Greg Johnson is seeking concrete evidence that three different reverse dies were used in striking 1873-S Seated Liberty quarter dollars at the San Francisco Mint.
 
In the February 2016 issue of The E-Gobrecht, the electronic newsletter of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, Johnson discusses and illustrates the two reverses for which examples are well-known. For more on this reverse, please see Third reverse on 1873-S Seated Liberty quarter?

February 9, 2016: Norse god Odin in ultra-high relief on silver collector coin
 
The Norse god Odin, who is associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery and poetry, appears in ultra-high relief on a 2016 coin from Niue.
 
The Ultra-High Relief antique Proof .999 fine silver $5 coin depicts the god who in mythology is the husband of the goddess Frigg. The coin is the first in a four-coin series celebrating Norse gods. The program is being issued through the Helvetic Mint in Switzerland, which struck the coins. For more on this coin, please see Norse god Odin

February 8, 2016: Canadians continue call for more women on notes of bank of Canada
 
Perhaps the United States’ northern neighbor feels left out. An editorial in the Jan. 27 issue of the Sooke News Mirror in British Columbia calls for Canada to honor women on its paper currency, too.
 
Although this issued has been raised in Canada for several years, the paper renews the call, saying that “Canada’s banknotes are polymer, counterfeit-resistant, holographic and modern. And they’re hopelessly behind the times,” and that a Canadian woman needs to be represented on Canadian currency. It points out that women who appeared in the past, such as the Famous Five for voting rights on the 2001 $50 note, have been replaced, and that Queen Elizabeth is only on the $20 note, and for generations her successors will be male. For more on this, please see More women on notes

February 6, 2016: Federal lawsuit seeks removal of 'In God We Trust' from coins, notes!
 
Does the phrase “In God We Trust” that is displayed on American money force God onto atheists in absence of a compelling government interest? California attorney Michael Newdow thinks that it does and filed a lawsuit on Jan. 11 in Akron’s United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to challenge the use of the motto on U.S. money.
 
The defendants include the United States of America, U.S. Congress, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew, U.S. Mint Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson and Leonard R. Olijar, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. For more on this lawsuit, please see 'In God We Trust'

February 5, 2016: 2016 Mark Twain silver dollar opening sales higher than two 2015 releases
 
Despite a two-week delay in the launch of sales for the Proof and Uncirculated 2016 Mark Twain silver dollars, opening sales totals are higher than those for the two silver dollar commemorative coins issued in 2015.
 
The first day of sales Feb. 1 by the U.S. Mint registered total sales of 33,500 coins. That figure reflects 9.6 percent of the maximum 350,000 coins authorized under Public Law 112-201. For more on this coin, please see Mark Twain silver dollar

February 3, 2016: Examining inflation of grading: Q. David Bowers
 
“The more things change, the more they are the same,” it has been said. Not necessarily so with numismatics, especially grading. Gradeflation has taken over.
 
For example, I estimate that more than 75 percent of the About Uncirculated 58 gold coins of the 1796 to 1834, or early era, certified in the late 1980s and early 1990s, have now “graduated” to become Mint State 60 to 62. For more on this story, please see Gradeflation

February 2, 2016: Colorful sticker on French coins recall November terror attacks in Paris
 
As a “peaceful gesture,” New York coin dealer Joe Cartonia decided to memoralize the Paris terrorist attacks on historic 5-franc coins.
 
Cartonia, owner of J.C. Coins LLC in Buffalo, N.Y., offers the coins with a sticker on their reverse featuring the colors of the French tri-color flag and the three-line legend 2015 PARIS PEACE. For more on this coin, please see Peaceful gesture

January 30, 2016: What’s going on with the U.S. Mint and its many packaging problems?
 
As Paul Gilkes reports this week, the Mint had to postpone sales of three 2016 annual sets featuring the year’s America the Beautiful quarter dollars because the sales and marketing team messed up, again, in approving the production of packaging with a serious problem. In this case, the error was an “incorrect image of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park,” according to a Jan. 20 press release from the Mint.
 
This problem is the latest in a continuing series of packaging problems for the Mint. For more on this story, please see Packaging problems

January 29, 2016: First 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar traveling on public exhibition
 
The world's most expensive coin, a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar that some believe was the first of its kind struck by the U.S. Mint, is traveling on an eight-nation European tour in February.
 
The $10 million+ coin is making its first stop Feb. 9 to 12 at the New Building of the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic. The coin will eventually be publicly displayed in Warsaw, Poland; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; Dublin, Ireland; and London, England. For more on this coin, please see Public exhibition

January 26, 2016: Northern Lights glow in the dark, in color, on 2016 Canadian coin
 
The dancing colors of the Northern lights draw visitors to northern latitudes around the world, including Canada.
 
A new Proof .9999 fine silver $30 coin from the Royal Canadian Mint, however, brings the color of the lights to collectors everywhere. For more on this coin, please see Northern Lights

January 23, 2016: $94,000 key 1909-S Lincoln, V.D.B. cent sells at FUN sale: Market Analysis
 
The Professional Numismatists Guild issued its annual review of the rare U.S. coin market and estimated the size of the market between $4.5 billion and $5 billion. The Jan. 11 report cited the aggregate prices realized for U.S. coins sold at major public auctions in 2015 as $439,623,237, compared to $536 million in 2014 and $393 million in 2013.
 
Within the 2015 auction totals are 17 coins that brought more than $1 million at auction, five more than the dozen that passed the $1 million mark in 2014. Further, two auction companies surpassed $100 million in auctions of U.S. coins: Heritage Auctions at $254,097,887 and Stack’s Bowers Galleries at $104,991,259. For more on these report, please see Market Analysis

January 22, 2016: More U.S. Mint packaging mistakes delaying releases of 2016 products
 
Coming on the heels of a delay in the release of the Proof and Uncirculated 2016-P Mark Twain silver dollars because of a printing error, another packaging mistake has sidelined the sales of three other 2016 numismatic products from the U.S. Mint.
 
Affected are the five-coin 2016-S America the Beautiful Quarter Proof set, and the 12-coin 2016-S Proof and 2016-S Silver Proof sets. For more on these errors, please see Printing errors

January 19, 2016: RCM plans circulating dollar for suffrage centennial
 
Canada is planning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of suffrage with a circulating commemorative dollar coin in 2016.
 
During World War I, some women in Canada were finally allowed to vote, and in 1919 all women over the age of 21 gained the right to vote in a federal election. For more on this coin, please see Suffrage centennial

January 15, 2016: Undated Roosevelt dime struck on nail realizes $42,300 in Jan. 6 auction
 
New Mexico collector Tommy Bolack spent $42,300 Jan. 6 to add a “10 penny” nail to his collection of major U.S. coin errors. He bid $36,000 for the coin, with the total price including the 17.5 percent buyer's fee.
 
Noted for owning 10 of the 14 publicly known (2000-P) State quarter dollar obverse/Sacagawea dollar reverse mule error coins, Bolack became locked in a bidding contest with another collector in Heritage Auctions’ FUN Sale in Tampa to acquire the Roosevelt dime error struck on a 6-penny common zinc nail. For more on this error, please see Dime struck on a nail

January 14, 2016: New Online Educational Features Offered by American Numismatic Association
 
What makes someone an accomplished numismatist? Experience and knowledge are essential. To help hobbyists grasp these complexities and become smarter collectors, the American Numismatic Association recently launched an array of online educational programs. The featured lineup includes: Video Vignettes, The Numismatist Reading Room and Ask the Curator.
 
The Video Vignettes series combine the convenience of online video with the instructional guidance of an individual tutorial. These 3-5 minute videos shed light on specific topics, and give a particular insight into exploring the hobby. In the first segment, ANA Education Director Rod Gillis dives into the fundamentals of coin collecting and where to begin. Other current video installments include “Understanding Grading” and “What Gives Coins Value?” More videos are in the pipeline, and a new vignette on a different topic will be posted every month to the ANA’s YouTube channel and Money.org. For more on this online education, please see Online Education

January 13, 2016: The West Chester Coin Club gets their previous meeting room back
 
The first meeting of the new year for the West Chester Coin Club will be held back at their regular meeting room in the West Chester Municipal Building.
 
This meeting room was the club's meeting room for the first half of 2015 untill the West Chester Municipal Building began undergoing renovations and the club moved to the Days Hotel & Conference Center. Now they are back. For more on this announcement and the club's website, please see: (you don't have to do anything, you are already at their website!)

January 12, 2016: 1628 Dutch silver medal made from war treasure leads auction
 
The Dutch defeat of the Spanish treasure fleet on Sept. 9, 1628, along the coast of Cuba was celebrated with a silver medal struck from the spoils of victory.
 
An example of this medal highlights the New York Sale auction XXXVII on Jan. 5 and 6. For more on this medal, please see 1628 Dutch silver medal

January 11, 2016: Grow your numismatic knowledge with the ANA school of numismatics!
 
Learn how to protect your investments with "Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins" and "Advanced Grading of U.S. and World Paper Money."
 
The American Numismatic Association will be offering two courses prior to the National Money Show® in Dallas, TX. Members who register by January 28th will receive a $20 early enrollment discount. Life members receive an additional $40 discount. For more on this school, please see ANA school of numismatics

January 9, 2016: Jay Cline’s Standing Liberty quarter dollars in January auction
 
Heritage’s various auctions, including its January 7 Platinum Night sale held during the Florida United Numismatists convention in Tampa, Fla., include many noteworthy collections. One significant holding offered is the Jay Cline Collection of Standing Liberty Quarter Dollars.
 
Cline, known for his devotion to the series, wrote dozens of articles and several editions of his essential book Standing Liberty Quarters and was acknowledged as an expert. For more on this auction, please see Standing Liberty quarter auction

January 8, 2016: Albert Einstein counterstamped on Barber half dollar
 
Theorist Albert Einstein is soon appearing on a U.S. coin, but it’s not being issued by the United States Mint.
 
Mel Wacks, founder of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and prolific coin counterstamper, has issued a counterstamped 1915 Barber silver half dollar bearing Einstein’s image. For more on this coin, please see Albert Einstein

January 7, 2016: Become a smarter, more informed collector with the ANA's new video web series, "Video Vignettes!"
 
Video Vignettes are informative 3 to 5 minute videos designed to help hobbyists become smarter, more confident collectors.
 
Visit money.org/video-vignettes regularly as new videos will be added monthly! For more on this announcement, please see ANA Video Vignettes

January 6, 2016: American Numismatic Association Celebrates 125th Anniversary
 
In the 19th century, information about specialized subject matters was hard to obtain, particularly about something as curious as numismatics – the study of coins, paper currency, tokens and medals. Meeting fellow collectors was nearly impossible, especially for those who lived too remote to take advantage of numismatic societies in large cities. Such was the dilemma of Dr. George Heath of Monroe, Michigan, a coin collector whose efforts at obtaining additional knowledge of the hobby and specimens for his collection were hampered by his location.
 
Supported by his conviction that there was a need for an organization that would reach all collectors, Dr. Heath posed the question, “What is the matter with having an American Numismatic Association?” And so in 1891, Dr. Heath and other numismatists met in Chicago and with 61 charter members founded the American Numismatic Association. “There is nothing like the alliance of kindred pursuits to stimulate growth and interest,” Heath said. For more on this celebration, please see ANA 125th Anniversary

January 5, 2016: Germany unveils design for 2016 circulating commemorative €2 coin
 
Germany has unveiled the design for its 2016 circulating commemorative €2 coin in the annual Bundesländer series.
 
The coin celebrates the Dresden Zwinger, a Rococo palace, in Saxony. Formerly part of a fortress, the space currently serves as museum galleries. The coin is scheduled for release on Feb. 5, 2016, with a mintage of 30 million pieces distributed evenly (six million each) between Germany's five mints. For more on these coins, please see New $2s

January 4, 2016: Women on 20s movement brings success
 
If you identified one hobby-related story that received more attention nationwide in 2015 than any other, it has to be the movement to place a woman’s portrait on a Federal Reserve note and the Treasury’s eventual support of the cause.
 
However, Treasury officials backed away from a promise to identify which woman would be so honored by the end of 2015, instead saying on Dec. 11 that more time was needed to consider the public’s recommendations. For more on this story, please see Women on $20s

January 1, 2016: American Liberty gold $100 coin sales
 
With the July 30 release of the 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief gold $100 coin, collectors were hoping that the U.S. Mint would also issue a companion silver medal version bearing the same designs.
 
The bureau nixed the American Liberty, High Relief silver medal months after it had announced the medal would be issued, and moved forward with sales of just the gold coin. For more on these sales, please see American Liberty gold $100

December 31, 2015: Another American Eagle silver sales record
 
2015 was the year of the silver American Eagle, with the U.S. Mint selling more of the 1-ounce .999 fine silver bullion coins than in any other calendar year since the series was introduced in November 1986.
 
Sales totaled 47 million coins, eclipsing the previous record of 44,006,000 recorded in 2014. For more on this record, please see American Eagle silver sales record

December 30, 2015: 1933 gold double eagle case continues
 
In 2015’s primary numismatic legal story, the Langbord family moved closer in its quest to keep 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles that it allegedly discovered in a family safe deposit more than a decade ago. Joan Langbord, the daughter of the late Philadelphia coin dealer Israel Switt, is joined by her two sons in the lawsuit.
 
The case started in 2004 when the Langbords informed the Mint that the 10 coins existed and submitted them for authentication. The Mint retained the coins and the Langbords sued the government in 2006, seeking the return of the coins. On July 21, 2011, a jury agreed with the government, deciding that the coins were likely stolen by Switt from the Mint long ago, but that judgment was later vacated. The jury’s 2011 decision was confirmed by the district court’s 2012 decision that awarded the coins to the government. For more on this case, please see 1933 gold double eagle case

December 29, 2015: Canada melts thousands of historic gold coins
 
A gold coin melt some 100 years in the making finally occurred in 2015.
 
In June, the Royal Canadian Mint completed melting of one-third of all Canadian 1912, 1913 and 1914 gold coins. More than 215,000 $5 and $10 coins were melted during a 10-day period early in June, according to sources in Canada. For more on this melt, please see Canada Melts gold coins

December 25, 2015: U.S Mint's color-coded charts designate Proof polishing, laser-frosting areas
 
Color-coded charts prepared and released by the U.S. Mint indicate the areas of Proof polishing and laser frosting executed on the dies for the Proof versions of the 2016 Mark Twain and National Park Service Centennial commemorative coins.
 
The 2016 Mark Twain program features Proof and Uncirculated versions of a gold $5 half eagle and silver dollar. The coins are scheduled to go on sale from the U.S. Mint at noon Eastern Time Jan. 14. For more on this story, please see Laser-frosting areas

December 24, 2015: Gold lovers have opportunity to buy precious metal in nugget form
 
If you like gold, but not necessarily in coin form, then Heritage Auctions has alternate options.
 
Its 6 p.m. Eastern Time Jan. 8 auction session held in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists convention at the Tampa Convention Center offers a number of gold nuggets. For more on this opportunity, please see Gold nuggets

December 22, 2015: RCM places Tyrannosaurus rex on silver ‘$20-for-$20’ coin
 
A Tyrannosaurus tex will soon appear on a silver $20 coin from Canada.
 
The Royal Canadian Mint on Jan. 5, 2016, will begin shipping the latest coin in the $20-for-$20 silver coin program, showing a tyrannosaurus rex. For more on this coin, please see Tyrannosaurus rex

December 21, 2015: A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance to ANA members.
 
As a member of the American Numismatic Association, you're eligible for an exclusive discount on auto and home insurance with Liberty Mutual. Save even more when you combine both policies with our Multi-Policy discount.
 
With Liberty Mutual Insurance's multi-policy discount, you could save up to 10% on auto insurance and up to 5% on home insurance. For more on this message, please see Liberty Mutual Insurance

December 18, 2015: U.S. Mint releases color images of 2016 Mark Twain commemorative coins
 
Color images of the Proof and Uncirculated 2016-W Mark Twain gold $5 half eagle and 2016-P silver dollar have been released by the U.S. Mint.
 
No date has yet been disclosed for sales to begin for the two-coin commemorative coin program. For more on this release, please see Mark Twain

December 17, 2015: Some coins should be off-limits to collectors
 
When should a particular kind of coin be untouchable, off-limits to collectors? Sometimes an answer to a question you haven’t thought about for a while can come when history, current events and coins all converge at the same time unexpectedly.
 
Freelance contributor Gerald Tebben provides always insightful articles for Coin World through his column “Coin Lore” and features like his cover article on patriotic printers in the November 2015 issue of our monthly magazine. He also blogs for us with his “Five Facts” blog, with his latest series focused on men who committed mass genocide in the past who happen to be depicted on coins that many people collect. For more on this subject, please see Some coins should be off-limits

December 15, 2015: Colombian president announces billion dollar San José shipwreck find
 
An announcement of a newly found shipwreck off Colombian coastal waters — if true — could have a tremendous effect on the world of numismatics, shipwreck exploration and archaeology.
 
On Dec. 4, Juan Manuel Santos president of the nation of Colombia, announced a press conference for the following day in Cartagena. On Dec. 5, President Santos announced that Colombian archaeologists had located the wreck of the long-sought San José, a ship that the British sank in 1708 amid the heat of the War of Spanish Succession. (And this wreck should not be confused with the 1631 wreck, of the same name, off of Florida.) For more on this find, please see Billion dollar San José shipwreck

December 11, 2015: Coins for A’s Inspires Young Coin Collectors
 
In the movie “A Christmas Story” – set in 1940’s Indiana – nine-year-old Ralphie sends away for a Little Orphan Annie Secret Society Decoder Pin, racing to the mailbox each day in anticipation of its arrival. Kids aren’t all that different today. The anticipation of receiving a treasure via the mail can be incredibly exciting.
 
The American Numismatic Association, a national nonprofit educational group dedicated to sharing the joys of collecting coins and related items, offers youngsters the opportunity for a similar experience through its Coins for A’s program. For more on this subject, please see Coins for A’s

December 11, 2015: Collectors Likely to Welcome Changes from New Silver Provisions
 
As reported in Coin World recently http://www.coinworld.com/news/us-coins/2015/12/obama-signs-law-regulating-silver-coin-composition.html , on December 4 President Obama signed into law provisions that amend Title 31 of the U.S. Code. These provisions alter the legal requirements for the silver content of U.S. silver coins used in silver proof sets and commemoratives, which are currently 90% silver and 10% copper. The new language says they should be “not less than 90% silver” and makes no mention of copper.
 
While the language is rather open-ended, in practice it is likely to mean that these silver coins will in the future be made of 99.9% pure silver with no alloys, which is both the world standard and has been the purity of American Silver Eagles since they began in 1986. For more on this story, please see Collectors Likely to Welcome Changes

December 10, 2015: Obama signs law to change composition of 90 percent silver coins
 
Treasury Department and U.S. Mint officials now have authority to change the 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper alloy used for commemorative silver dollars and the coins in the annual Silver Proof sets.
 
They were granted the authority when President Obama on Dec. 4 signed into law H.R. 1698, also called The Bullion and Collectible Coin Production and Efficiency and Cost Savings Act. For more on this change, please see Changing the composition of silver coins

December 10, 2015: Our 125th anniversary has our members seeing red
 
2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the ANA. It’s a perfect occasion to foster interest in our hobby, add more collectors to our ranks, and provide the learning opportunities that our members need and want. We need your support to make these goals a reality.
 
With a gift to the ANA of $125, you’ll receive a limited-edition copy of The Official Red Book — A GuideBook of United States Coins. For a donation of $175, you’ll get an autographed version by the illustrious Ken Bressett. But don’t delay. Only 500 copies of this limited-edition are available. (While supplies last. Limit 5 books per person/household.) For more on this announcement, please see Your support of the ANA

December 9, 2015: Who insppired you to take part in the hobby?
 
Here are two opportunities to make sure that special someone receives the recognition they deserve. Don't delay — the deadline for nominations is noon on Jan. 15.
 
The American Numismatic Association is seeking nominations of worthy candidates for inclusion in the Numismatic Hall of Fame, located at the ANA's headquarters in Colorado Springs. For more on these nominations, please see ANA nominations

December 9, 2015: Jan. 7 mail-bid sale includes contemporary counterfeit U.S. coins
 
Sheridan Downey's 113-lot mail-bid sale of Flowing Hair and Capped Bust half dollars includes 19 lots of "contemporary" counterfeits and six Houck's Panacea counterstamped Capped Bust half dollars.
 
Downey's sale closes at 6 p.m. Eastern Time Jan. 7. The sale includes a 10 percent buyer's fee added to the final closing hammer price of each lot won. For more on this auction, please see Jan. 7 mail-bid sale

December 8, 2015: Register for the Dallas National Money Show Online and Skip the Lines
 
Pre-register by January 28 and add to your time saved by not standing in line. Members receive early access 30 minutes before the show opens to the public.
 
Pre-registrants will receive their member admission badge in the mail ahead of the show. There are also options for purchasing a pre-convention seminar, early-bird badges and tickets to the Inaugural Legacy Dinner. To register, please see National Money Show

December 8, 2015: Year of Five Emperors: Didius Julianus wins auction for top spot
 
Editor's note: this is the second part of a series by Coin World Senior Editor Jeff Starck about the ancient coins from the Year of Five Emperors. The assassination of Pertinax ushered in what David Vagi (writing in Coinage and History of the Roman Empire) considers the lowest event in Roman history.
 
The right to rule the empire was sold at a public auction by the praetorian guards — the very men responsible for the emperor’s protection. For more on the ancients, please see Year of Five Emperors

December 7, 2015: "Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom" Theme of 2016 National Coin Week
 
The 2016 National Coin Week theme, "Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom,” celebrates depictions of Liberty from ancient to modern times on coins and paper money. 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of three popular U.S. coin designs featuring Liberty: the Mercury (or Winged Liberty) dime, the Standing Liberty quarter and the Walking Liberty half dollar.
 
The 2016 celebration will take place April 17-23. In recent years, themes for National Coin Week have been provided by American Numismatic Association members. This year, member Nelson Hanks submitted the winning entry; he will receive a 2015 United States Mint silver proof set. For more on National Coin Week, please see National Coin Week

December 4, 2015: Saratoga National Historical Park 5-ounce silver coin sells out
 
The U.S. Mint sold out its inventory of 2015 Saratoga National Historical Park 5-ounce silver bullion coins Nov. 30.
 
All 45,000 coins allocated to authorized purchasers were sold within hours. For more on this coin, please see Saratoga National Historical Park

December 3, 2015: BEST Shipping Insurance for DEALERS and Collectors
 
American Numismatic Association members can save substantially on shipping insurance through the popular online program, Shipandinsure.com.
 
After joining the North American Collectibles Association (NACA) for an introductory six-month trial offer of $45, ANA members can take advantage of this benefit program, ShipandInsure.com, and FedEx discounts on shipping of up to 40% off FedEx rates! For more information, please see Shipping insurance

December 3, 2015: Proof 2015-W American Eagle platinum coin mintage set at 4,000
 
Sales by the United States Mint of the Proof 2015-W American Eagle 1-ounce .9995 fine platinum coin are scheduled to begin at noon Eastern Time Dec. 3. The maximum mintage is limited to 4,000 coins.
 
In its Nov. 25 announcement concerning Proof platinum sales, Mint officials also announced the West Point Mint will not be striking a 1-ounce platinum bullion version in 2015 "due to a lag in obtaining a sufficient quantity of production platinum blanks." For more on these coins, please see American Eagle platinum coins

December 2, 2015: 1929 Indian Head gold realizes a significant ticket: Market Analysis
 
The spot price of gold has dropped recently, hitting prices not seen for the past six years due to various concerns about the global market coupled with expectations that the Federal Reserve will be slower than expected in raising interest rates. Despite this, high-end gold coins continue to excel at auction. Here are three rare examples that performed well at a Nov. 15 auction by online auctioneer GreatCollections.
 
The Coin: 1929 Indian Head gold $5 half eagle, MS-64. The Price: $47,305.50 For more on this sale, please see 1929 Indian Head gold

December 1, 2015: 127 Years of The Numismatist Now Available Digitally
 
The American Numismatic Association is excited to announce its digital archives of all 127 volumes of its flagship publication, The Numismatist. Beginning December 1, ANA members can access every issue of the magazine, from 1888 to the present.
 
The ANA’s digital archives of The Numismatist is a one-stop hobby reference, helping collectors expand their numismatic knowledge base. Free access to this historical database is included as a benefit of ANA membership. For more on this announcement, please see 127 Years of The Numismatist

November 27, 2015: ANA Money Museum Continues Bulk Deaccession
 
The American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum is disposing of low-value bulk coins that have accumulated in the museum's vaults during the last 50 years. Heritage Auctions will feature a number of these deaccessioned items in their upcoming online auctions, which will take place between Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 and Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Among the items are worn or damaged common-date U.S. Mint issues, bulk world coins, Mint sets, and other pieces already represented in the Museum’s core collection.
 
The auctions will be conducted on: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, Auction #131549—Sunday-Internet Coin Auction Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, Auction #9005—U.S. Coins Gallery Auction - Dallas Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, Auction #131459—Tuesday-Internet Coin Auction Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, Auction #1231—U.S. Coins Signature Auction - Tampa For more on these auctions, please see ANA Money Museum

November 27, 2015: Fake 1894-O Morgan dollar problem for collectors: Detecting Counterfeits
 
The 1894-O Morgan silver dollar is a better date, but it is certainly not a rarity like the 1889-CC or 1893-S Morgan dollars. Coin World’s Coin Values lists the 1894-O Morgan dollar at $100 in Extremely Fine 40 and $200 in About Uncirculated 50, so a modest financial incentive exists for the counterfeiter.
 
The fake shown here is an average quality counterfeit from Asia, with enough diagnostics that most collectors could make an accurate determination. First of all, the weight is off — a genuine Morgan silver dollar weighs approximately 26.73 grams, while this fake weighs 26.93 grams. In my experience, the U.S. Mint production facilities were extremely good at maintaining accurate weights, so a piece that is 0.2 gram overweight should immediately send out alarms. For more on this counterfeit, please see Counterfeit Morgan

November 26, 2015: Silver American Eagle bullion coin sales record poised to fall
 
The U.S. Mint's 2014 sales record of 44,006,000 American Eagle silver bullion coins is on the verge of being surpassed, which should occur the week of Nov. 30.
 
At the close of business Nov. 23, the cumulative 2015 sales total had reached 43,663,000 coins, just 363,000 coins short of tying the current record. The 2014 record is likely to be shattered Nov. 30 when Mint officials announce the next weekly silver American Eagle allocation to its authorized purchasers. For more on these sales, please see Silver American Eagles

November 25, 2015: American Numismatic Association Board of Governors Approves $5.63 Million Budget for FY 2015-2016
 
At its Oct. 30-31 meetings in Colorado Springs, Colo., the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors passed a $5.63 million budget, set the stage for a fund development initiative, and discussed opportunities to grow the nonprofit organization’s membership and provide additional educational options.
 
The ANA will use 4.66 percent of its investment principal – or $861,152 – towards the FY 2016 operating budget of $5.63 million. The breakdown includes 3.76 percent of investment principal ($694,484) for operations and an additional 0.9% ($166,668) for higher-than-usual World’s Fair of Money expenses due to the convention’s location in Anaheim. A separate capital budget of $70,669 was also approved. For more on this budget, please see ANA Budget

November 25, 2015: Tracking down obscure coin facts in research: Q. David Bowers
 
In connection with John Kraljevich’s research on certain provenances of coins in the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III sale, set to cross the block next Feb. 9, I have been involved in helping to track down obscure information. I have always held that a coin is worth one point on its own, but another point of desirability can be added by learning the art, history, and romance concerning it.
 
In a related scenario, John W. Adams, whose collection of 1794-dated copper cents I cataloged and Bowers and Merena Galleries sold in 1984, “collected collectors” in addition to the coins themselves. The aura of each coin was increased by adding the biographies of past owners. Nearly all of the Pogue coins have rich pedigrees, some dating back to the era in which the coins were struck. For more on this research, please see Research

November 24, 2015: Collecting early Byzantine Empire gold solidi coins: Ancients Today
 
Among the most affordable of all “ancient” gold coins are issues of the Byzantine Empire, the successor nation of the Roman Empire. Its emperors ruled over the Eastern half of the Roman world for about a millennium after the European territories had fallen into Barbarian hands late in the fifth century A.D.
 
Perhaps the best opportunities for a collector is the solidus, the largest regular-issue Byzantine gold coin, which weighed about 4.45 grams. Among the most available of these are solidi of the first 10 Byzantine emperors, who ruled collectively from 491 to 685. We’ll cover their main issues in a two-part series — the first five here and the last five in a second installment. For more on these coins, please see Ancient gold coins

November 18, 2015: 1926 Peace dollar with rainbow toning sells at Whitman Baltimore Expo: Market Analysis
 
Bringing $188,000, an 1879 Flowing Hair gold $4 Stella pattern piece in its original box, a coin that had been off the market since the 1950s and was subsequently graded Proof 65+ by Professional Coin Grading Service, was a top lot at the auctions held before and immediately after the Nov. 5 to 8 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo by Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
 
As in all large auctions, while six-figure rarities may dominate headlines, sales like the one just concluded offer many fascinating pieces that sell at much lower price points. Here is one of three that caught my eye. For more on this coin, please see Peace dollar with rainbow toning

November 17, 2015: Pennsylvania vote pending to eliminate numismatic sales-tax exemption
 
Today, the Pennsylvania Senate will consider Senate Bill 76 that will strike down the coin exemption for Pennsylvania. The vote is expected to occur this afternoon. State Senator David Argall says he has the votes to pass the bill.
 
Members who have concerns about Senate Bill 76 should contact Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (Jefferson County) at 717-787-7084 and Majority Leader Jake Corman (Centre County) at 717-787-1377 before 3 PM ET today. Eliminating coin exemptions from sales taxes could affect the American Numismatic Association's decision to host its 2018 World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia and consideration of Pittsburgh for the 2019 National Money Show. For more on this important announcement, please see Pennsylvania vote pending to eliminate numismatic sales-tax exemption!

November 17, 2015: California coin dealer discovers fake Krugerrand in fake holder
 
Fullerton, Calif., dealer Dwight Manley recently discovered a fake South African gold Krugerrand coin in a fake NGC holder.
 
Numismatic Guaranty Corp. has confirmed that the holder and coin are both counterfeit. For more on these fakes, please see Fake Krugerrand in fake holder

November 16, 2015: Unique 1864 $500 interest-bearing note tops out at $352,500 in auction
 
The elevated starting price of $270,000 certainly had an impact on the number of participating bidders at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction of a unique $500 interest-bearing note on Nov. 5, but when the hammer finally fell with a winning price of $352,500 including the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee, it was the most a third-party graded note of this currency category had ever sold for at public auction. The lot was bought on the floor by a dealer bidding on behalf of a client.
 
The sale of the note, an issue under the Act of June 30, 1864, and cataloged as Friedberg 212b in Paper Money of the United States, marked the first time it had ever appeared at public auction, and its price is also the first ever recorded for the issue. It was given a grade of Very Fine 25 Net by Paper Money Guaranty, with the “Net” referring to some restorations and ink lightening. For more on this auction, please see Unique $500 interest-bearing note

November 13, 2015: Here's what 1.7 million ounces of gold looks like: Something Social
 
The video below recently took off on our Coin World Facebook page, garnering more than 120 shares and more than 6,000 views. Apparently people like to see millions of ounces worth of shiny gold.
 
The video was taken in 2013 by Senior Editor Paul Gilkes during a visit to the West Point Mint. His shot depicts gold and silver that is used as working stock and stored in a special vault. The cards record the weight and worth of the stored metal. You might be shocked by those figures. To view the video, please see Video of West Point gold & silver vault

November 13, 2015: U.S. Mint greenlights 2016 silver centennial coins in gold versions
 
The United States Mint announced late Nov. 10 the bureau is moving ahead with plans to issue centennial editions in 2016 of the Winged Liberty Head dime, Standing Liberty quarter dollar and Walking Liberty half dollar in gold.
 
The dime and half dollar designed by sculptor Adolph A. Weinman and the quarter dollar by sculptor Hermon A. MacNeil were struck in .900 fine silver when issued in 1916. For more on this announcement, please see 2016 silver coins in gold versions

November 12, 2015: Positive case being made for gold in current precious metals market
 
Bullion dealer Mike Fuljenz examines the market fundamentals that he says indicate gold should recover from its latest market lows. In his latest Metals Market Report released Nov. 10, Fuljenz analyzes seasonal trends, rising physical demand, China's recovery and metal supplies.
 
"When gold prices are low, coin buyers return to the bullion coin market," according to Fuljenz. "When gold rose in October, U.S. Mint sales were down from their summer highs. But when gold prices fell last week, the physical buyers returned. The U.S. Mint sold 36,500 Troy ounces of Gold American Eagles last week (the first week November), and 1,079,500 troy ounces of the silver American Eagle." For more on this story, please see Gold

November 10, 2015: Denmark’s most expensive coin sells at auction Nov. 3 for record price
 
Denmark’s most expensive coin is actually from Norway. Auction house Bruun Rasmussen sold the 1658 silver 2-speciedaler coin Nov. 3 in Copenhagen to a floor bidder who lives in Norway.
 
The coin was struck in Norway, but under the Danish King Frederik III. It realized 1,150,000 Danish kroners, about $170,000 U.S. Adding the 24 percent buyer’s fee pushes the sales total to about $210,800 U.S. For more on this auction, please see Denmark’s most expensive coin

November 9, 2015: SS Central America gold discoveries electrify hobby: Q. David Bowers
 
I continue my commentary about double eagles in general and those in the SS Central America treasure in particular. That ship, laden with 3 tons (!) of gold coins and ingots from Gold Rush San Francisco, was lost in a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina on Sept. 12, 1857.
 
In the 1980s much of the gold was found by the adventurers, including Bob Evans and Tommy Thompson, from Columbus, Ohio, who had spent years in research. Then followed extended legal action by many who claimed an interest. Finally, the matter was cleared, and 92.4 percent was awarded to the Columbus-America Discovery Group and 7.6 percent to the other claimants. For more on ththe SS Central America, please see SS Central America gold

November 6, 2015: Hong Kong firm sues government over seized mutilated U.S. coins
 
A Hong Kong-based firm that recycles millions of dollars of U.S. coins from China through the U.S. Mint’s Mutilated Coin Redemption Program filed suit Oct. 29 seeking compensation for $3.25 million face value in coins the company claims the federal government wrongfully seized in 2014 and 2015.
 
The suit from Wealthy Max Ltd., headquartered in Kowloon, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on the same day U.S. Mint officials announced a six-month suspension of the Mutilated Coin Redemption Program. That suspension became effective Nov. 2 while an investigation is conducted into alleged wrongdoing associated with the program. For more on this lawsuit, please see Seized mutilated U.S. coins

November 5, 2015: American Numismatic Association Veteran Joins Staff
 
Renowned bibliophile David Sklow has joined the American Numismatic Association staff as the manager of the Dwight N. Manley Library. Sklow will oversee and manage the library and its assets.
 
During his previous employment, he served in a similar capacity as Director for the ANA Library and Research Center, and was responsible for coordinating publications of the ANA Journal, a scholarly numismatic periodical. He has served as the ANA Historian, a position he held for more than 11 years. Sklow continues to inspire junior collectors at the annual ANA Summer Seminar as the Numismatic Literature instructor. For more on this announcement, please see ANA announcement

November 5, 2015: Stardust Silver releases 1-ounce, .999 fine silver Reverse Proof 'Terminator' medallion
 
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Thirty-one years ago, The Terminator opened in theaters and rocketed to No. 1 at the box office, as audiences journeyed to the year 2029 then back to the 1980’s in the fight for the survival of the human race.
 
Celebrating over 30 years on the silver screen, The Terminator is newly released in .999 fine silver. The first in a planned series release from upstart Stardust Silver is the Cyberdyne Systems T-800 1-ounce silver Reverse Proof medallion. For more on this medallion, please see 'Terminator' medallion

November 3, 2015: ‘Medieval’ medal is actually Austrian cast from 17th century
 
When is a medieval medal not a medieval medal? The answer, it turns out, was available for purchase in Classical Numismatic Group’s Oct. 7 auction.
 
Though dated 1231 in Roman numerals, the pseudo-medieval medal was actually struck circa 1576 to 1657, according to the firm, for the Holy Roman Empire. This piece is part of a series long known as “Judenmedaille” from their supposed manufacture by Jewish minters in Prague. However, the medals were actually part of a very carefully thought out series designed to glorify the ancestors of the House of Hapsburg. For more on this sale, please see ‘Medieval’ medal

October 31, 2015: Rare nationals steal the show at Manifest sale: Paper Money News
 
Several rare examples of national bank notes, as expected, led the way in the Manifest Auctions Oct. 24 sale in Greenville, S.C. Approximately 350 lots of world and United States paper currency were included in an auction that also included lamps, vases, and an assortment of old commercial signs.
 
The featured Uncirculated Series 1875 $5 national bank note from the First National Bank of Colorado Springs, Colorado Territory (Friedberg 401) sold for $56,160 including the 17 percent buyer's fee. For more on this sale, please see Manifest sale

October 30, 2015: Lyndon B. Johnson Coin and Chronicles Set sells out in hours
 
Once again, a U.S. Mint Coin and Chronicles set came and went quickly. It took less than four hours for the 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set – Lyndon B. Johnson to sell out on Oct. 27. It went on sale at 12 p.m. ET, and according to the Mint, available inventory was “depleted” by 3:57 p.m. ET.
 
"The United States Mint has sold the 25,000 units of the 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set – Lyndon B. Johnson. All accepted orders will be processed and fulfilled on a first-in, first-served basis according to existing United States Mint policies,” the Mint statement announcing the sellout reads. "The product inventory is at the fulfillment center for immediate shipment to customers. No additional inventory will be produced. Product shipments, returns and exchanges will be monitored daily over the next few weeks." For more on these announcement, please see LBJ Coin and Chronicles Set

October 29, 2015: 2015 American Eagle gold bullion sales already well beyond 2014 total
 
October has not been a strong month for American Eagle gold bullion coin sales, though total 2015 sales have already surpassed 2014’s total.
 
The U.S. Mint reports 29,500 ounces worth of the gold bullion coins have been sold as of Oct. 28, likely heading toward to a month-end total down significantly from July, August and September, when 170,000, 101,500 and 125,500 ounces were sold, respectively. For more on these story, please see Gold sales

October 28, 2015: ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminars at FUN Convention
 
Were you aware the 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln cent is one of the most counterfeited U.S. coins? Learning to distinguish and recognize minor inconsistencies can mean the difference between a few dollars and several thousand.
 
The American Numismatic Association School of Numismatics is offering a pair of educational courses held in conjunction with the 61st Annual Florida United Numismatists Convention. “Coin Conservation, Authentication and Grading” and “Grading U.S. Paper Money” will be offered prior to the 61st annual FUN show. The FUN Convention begins Jan. 7 at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 South Franklin Street, Tampa, Fla. For more on these seminars, please see Seminars

October 28, 2015: Relic medal in Sedwick auction uses salvaged silver from Concepción shipwreck
 
For some collectors, there is nothing like the allure of coins or metal recovered from shipwrecks. Such pieces are assets not for the designs or rarity of the coins but for what happened to them after they were minted. In rare cases, as for a highlight from Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC’s Oct. 29 auction, a piece combines such material with further meaning.
 
A large silver medal from Great Britain honors the salvage of the Nuestra Señora de la Limpia y Pura Concepción, a Spanish treasure ship that wrecked in 1641, northeast of Hispaniola. This piece was struck in 1687 from metal salvors recovered from the wreck’s cargo, making it a relic medal. For more on this medal, please see Medal from the Concepción shipwreck

October 27, 2015: Bulgari coin jewelry shown in New York City exhibit
 
Beyond being items of commerce and stores of wealth, they also can be objects of personal adornment. Since ancient times coins have been used in jewelry, and today, some of the finest and most expensive jewelry incorporating coins is produced by the Italian firm Bulgari.
 
The America Numismatic Society has loaned 18 ancient Roman coins to Bulgari for the exhibit “Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration,” described as a Roman-inspired jewelry exhibition celebrating Bulgari’s heritage. For more on this exhibit, please see Exhibit

October 23, 2015: U.S. Court of Appeals hears arguments in 1933 double eagle case
 
Representatives of the Langbord family and the government met before all of the judges in Philadelphia’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Oct. 14 as the fate of 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles allegedly discovered in the Langbord family’s safe deposit box remains up in the air after nearly a decade of litigation.
 
The oral arguments before the en banc panel of judges — as opposed to the three judge panel for the initial appeal — were limited to two definitional questions. First, whether the 1933 double eagles should be considered “monetary instruments” or “merchandise” under certain statutes and second, whether the government has waived certain rights on appeal. For more on this case, please see 1933 double eagle case

October 23, 2015: Reviewing a fake 1875-CC 20-cent coint: Detecting Counterfeits
 
During an average day at ANACS, I will inspect between 500 and 1,000 coins. Most of them are quick and easy, certainly not a challenge from either an authentication or attribution viewpoint. Then there are coins like the 1875-CC Seated Liberty 20-cent piece illustrated here.
 
The denomination is rarely counterfeited. We will run across a poorly-made fake of the rare 1876-CC piece every now and then, but for the most part we see only genuine examples of this date. For more on this subject, please see Detecting Counterfeits

October 22, 2015: Wall Street returning to the gold bandwagon
 
"We predicted long ago that Wall Street would probably give up the first $100 gain in gold before they got on the gold bandwagon, since they are basically 'trend followers,' not contrarian analysts. Sure enough, last week’s bullion holdings in 'GLD' (the largest gold exchange traded fund, or ETF), representing the net new purchases of gold for that fund, reached their highest levels since July 24, when gold was trading around $1,080. Gold-backed ETFs have increased their gold position in four of the last five weeks. In just two days in early October, GLD increased its gold position by 12 metric tons, to a total of over 700 tons.
 
"Part of gold’s recovery is due to a flat dollar. (Since the Fed has delayed raising rates, currency investors are impatiently selling their dollars, since they are growing tired of waiting for an interest rate increase.) Whenever the dollar falls, gold gains a currency 'tailwind' for U.S.-based investors in gold. For more on this story, please see Gold

October 21, 2015: VAM-5B 1889 Morgan dollar has interesting diagnostics: About VAMs
 
While several numismatists are attempting to collect all 3,000 listed Morgan dollar varieties, most focus their efforts on a smaller subset.
 
In 2009, the Official Guide to the Morgan Dollar Hit List 40 by Jeff Oxman was released. One of the pieces he included has an interesting blend of characteristics. For more on VAMs, please see VAMs

October 16, 2015: 'Heil Hitler'
 
Adolf Hitler’s face was all over the place in Nazi Germany, but not on coins. The central design element of Nazi coins, by and large, was an eagle holding a swastika. The only person to appear on coins – and only on pre-war coins at that – was Paul von Hindenburg, the German president who appointed Hitler chancellor and signed the Enabling Act of 1933 giving Hitler’s decrees the force of law.
 
The only wartime coins to show Hitler’s face were patterns produced as part of a 1941 design competition. Hitler, by many accounts, rejected the pieces, saying he didn’t want his portrait to appear on coins until after Germany had won the war. For more on this article, please see Evil people on coins

October 15, 2015: Silver bullion coins on allocation at major national mints
 
(Washington, D.C., Oct. 13, 2015) – Retail investors in recent months have seized the opportunity to significantly increase their holdings of silver bullion coins and, to a lesser extent, bars.
 
Due to strong demand, the U.S. Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint, Australia’s Perth Mint, the Austrian Mint and the British Royal Mint have put their silver bullion coins on allocation, where the volume of distribution of coins is controlled due to bottlenecks in the manufacturing process. For more on this announcement, please see Silver bullion coins

October 14, 2015: 1818/7 Capped Bust half dollar is an 'affordable' Pogue item: Market Analysis
 
The second of five planned auctions by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of Masterpieces of United States Coinage realized $26,120,838 on Sept. 30 in New York City. Four coins topped the $1 million marker. When combined with the first sale on May 19, the total for the first two Pogue sales now exceeds $50 million. (A Rarities Auction held after Pogue II on Oct. 1 realized nearly $3 million.)
 
At Pogue II, the first 40 of the 105 lots offered were Capped Bust half dollars. Here is one that was a standout. For more on this coin, please see 1818/7 Capped Bust half

October 13, 2015: Forget what you’ve heard: In China, money did grow on ‘trees’
 
Though the old axiom states that “money doesn’t grow on trees,” in China, that wasn’t exactly true. A highlight from Stephen Album Rare Coins’ Sept. 10 to 12 auction — the firm’s most successful to date — turns that notion on its head.
 
The circa 1909 to 1911 “money tree” of 59 cast bronze Chinese cash coins, issued by the last Qing Dynasty emperor, Xuan Tong (Puyi) and the Board of Revenue, gives a rebuttal to those who would cite the old maxim. Though it is missing one coin, the “tree” realized $38,350, including the 18 percent buyer’s fee, against an estimate of $10,000 to $14,000. For more on this 'tree', please see “Money tree”

October 9, 2015: 1921 Morgan silver dollar authenticated as Zerbe proof
 
A 1921 Morgan silver dollar owned by the American Numismatic Association and used in a course at the 2015 Summer Seminar recently was identified as a “Zerbe Proof.” Summer Seminar instructors Michael S. Fey, John Baumgart and Isaac Wallie noticed distinguishing marks on the coin. The trio, who teach "Collecting and Investing in Morgan Silver Dollars: A Comprehensive Approach,” noticed that the uncirculated specimen had prooflike fields (which is rare for 1921 dollars) and diagnostic die scratches at the U of UNUM and S of PLURIBUS. The coin was donated to the ANA in 1975.
 
The variety is named after Farran Zerbe, ANA president from 1908 to 1910. He visited the San Francisco Mint in 1921 to see the first striking of Morgan dollars. According to Fey, Zerbe was not pleased with the new design, and it is possible the mint tried to impress him by producing proof versions of the coin. It is believed Zerbe purchased between 20 and 200 of the coins directly from the mint. For more on this announcement, please see Zerbe proof

October 9, 2015: CCAC recommends 2017, 2018 Native American dollar coin reverses
 
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Oct. 7 recommended designs for the reverses of the 2017 and 2018 Native American dollar coins.
 
The panel reviewed 13 proposed designs for the 2017 reverse and 15 for the 2018 reverse. Whatever design is given final approval by the Treasury secretary or his designee will be paired with sculptor Glenna Goodacre's portrait of Sacagawea and son Jean-Baptiste, first introduced on the Sacagawea dollar in 2000 and continued on the Native American dollar series begun in 2009. For more on this story, please see CCAC

October 8, 2015: United States overtaken by India as world's largest importer of silver
 
India has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest importer of silver.
 
Silver market analyst Steve St. Angelo reports that the United States and India combined are projected to import in 2015 a total of 533 million ounces of silver, accounting for 63 percent of the forecasted global mine supply of 830 million ounces. For more on this story, please see United States overtaken

October 7, 2015: Key-date Proof 1895 Morgan dollar heads to auction block
 
On Oct. 15, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer the second part of the Coronet Collection of Morgan dollars as part of its Regency Auction XIV. The auction will be held at The Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas as part of the Professional Coin Grading Service Members Only coin show.
 
A better-known rarity is the Proof 1895 Morgan dollar and the example in the Coronet Collection is graded Proof 67 Deep Cameo by Professional Coin Grading Service. Considered the “King of the Morgans,” the Proof 1895 dollar is collected alongside circulation strike issues by collectors today because of the lack of Philadelphia Mint circulation-strike 1895 Morgan dollars. For more on this coin, please see Proof 1895 Morgan dollar

October 6, 2015: Cook Islands’ coin explores space-time continuum dimensionally
 
A four-dimensional concept is now presented in a three-dimensional format.
 
A 2015 $2 coin in the name of Cook Islands visibly explains the relationship between space and time, as created by scientist Hermann Minkowski. Building on Albert Einstein’s 1905 Special Theory of Relativity, Minkowski suspected the existence of a fourth dimension (time, in addition to height, width and length), in which space and time are connected geometrically, and he created a diagram illustrating the connection. For more on these coins, please see Cook Islands’ coin

October 5, 2015: U.S. paper money not the only notes to depict silver dollars
 
Among the most popular icons of United States currency is the Series of 1886 $5 silver certificate, colloquially known as the “Silver Dollar Back” because of the five Morgan silver dollars adorning its back. Close to a thousand of these notes have been recorded, yet it is not unusual to see high-grade examples selling for tens of thousands of dollars.
 
Less well-known to American collectors may be “Silver Dollar Fronts” selling for a similar amount, such as the one sold by Stack’s, Bowers and Ponterio for $23,900 including the buyer’s fee at the firm’s August 2015 auction in Hong Kong. The note is a large format 1899 Chinese provincial issue from the Hupeh Government Mint denominated 7 mace and 2 candareens and graded Very Fine 30 by Paper Money Guaranty. For more on these notes, please see Notes depicting silver dollars

October 2, 2015: Die cap offers smashing good time: Collectors' Clearinghouse
 
A die cap is a coin that sticks to a die and strikes a succession of planchets. (Let us assume for the remainder of this discussion that the die cap is affixed to the hammer die and that the latter is also the obverse die.)
 
The numerous impacts also cause the floor of the die cap to get progressively thinner. The thinning floor molds itself to the recesses of the die face, leaving the working face of the die cap with an incuse ghost image of the obverse design. Coins struck at this stage naturally have a corresponding raised ghost image and are designated “late-stage capped die strikes.” For more on this error, please see Die caps

October 1, 2015: U.S. Mint sells out production of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge silver bullion
 
The 45,000 2015 Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge silver bullion quarters dollars offered Sept. 28 by the U.S. Mint to its authorized purchasers sold out within the first 24 hours.
 
The Uncirculated 2015-P numismatic version of the 5-ounce Bombay Hook coin goes on sale at noon Eastern Time Oct. 8, priced at $149.95. For more on this bullion piece, please see National Wildlife Refuge

September 29, 2015: Celtic stater from modern-day France imitates Greek gold coin
 
The Celtic people, the subject of a British Museum exhibit that opened Sept. 24, fascinate.
 
Today the word “Celtic” is associated with the cultures, languages, music, and traditions of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and the Isle of Man. Yet the name Celts was first recorded around 500 B.C., when the ancient Greek referred to peoples living across a broad swath of Europe north of the Alps, according to the British Museum. For more on this coin, please see Celtic stater

September 25, 2015: ANACS certifies 1971-D Kennedy half dollar struck on silver planchet
 
ANACS has graded and encapsulated as About Uncirculated 50 a 1971-D Kennedy half dollar that was struck on a silver-copper clad planchet instead of the intended copper-nickel clad planchet.
 
John Veach from Marshall’s Coin Shop in Wymore, Neb., said the coin was among circulated coins purchased over the counter. For more on this coin, please see 1971-D Kennedy half

September 24, 2015: U.S. Mint working to secure sufficient planchets for Proof 2015 platinum American Eagle production
 
While final designs have been approved for the reverses of the Proof 2015 and 2016 American Eagle platinum $100 coins, it is possible that 2015 production of both the Proof collector coins and investor bullion coins could be delayed if sufficient planchets can’t be secured.
 
No release date has been announced for either the Proof 2015 coin or the bullion version struck for investors. For more on this quest, please see Platinum American Eagles

September 23, 2015: Youth, artistry, and history set the tone for first Peace dollar design
 
Anthony de Francisci was, along with most sculptors in the United States, consumed with producing wartime memorials, sculptures and medals commemorating World War I in the years immediately after the Great War ended.
 
His designs for the Maine Centennial half dollar in 1920 were based on original drawings by Harry Cochrane, and when comparing the two artist’s work, one sees De Francisci’s hand specifically in the elegant elongated letters used on both sides and greater articulation in the figures on the obverse and the reverse wreath. Even de Francisci was underwhelmed with the finished product when asked about it later. For more on this design, please see Peace dollar design

September 22, 2015: Electrum coins weren't just issued early on: Ancients Today
 
The story of the world’s first coins, seemingly introduced in the mid-seventh century B.C. and made of “white gold” electrum, is well known. This alloy of gold and silver earned its name from its pale yellow color, which resembled amber, called “electron” in Greek.
 
Though electrum was the exclusive metal for the earliest phase of coinage, by the end of the sixth century B.C. it largely had been supplanted by issues of pure gold and pure silver. Even so, the period of greatest production for electrum coinage in Asia Minor was from about the 520s to the 320s B.C. — exactly when one might have expected electrum coinage to have died out. For more on this story, please see Electrum coins

September 18, 2015: Collectors jockey to get 2015 JFK Coin and Chronicles sets
 
The 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin and Chronicles set went on sale at noon Eastern Time Sept. 16 by the U.S. Mint without any of the major website issues that befell ordering of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles set on Aug. 11.
 
A number of Coin World readers were reporting on the Coin World Facebook Page soon after the JFK set sales launch that they were able to place their orders with relative ease. Several readers reported on Facebook and by email encountering some webpage errors during the ordering process. For more on these sets, please see 2015 JFK Chronicles sets

September 17, 2015: Weekly allocation of American Eagle silver bullion coins lowered
 
The United States Mint lowered its weekly allocation Sept. 14 of American Eagle silver bullion coins to authorized purchasers to 809,500 coins. That's a 19 percent decrease from the previous week's allocation of 1 million coins, all of which were sold.
 
The authorized purchasers placed orders Sept. 14 for 573,000 of the 809,500 available coins, with the remainder recorded sold Sept. 15. The next weekly allocation will be announced Sept. 21. For more on this announcement, please see American Eagle silver bullion

September 16, 2015: ‘Rocking Around the Clock’ making cents (big ‘whoops’ moment)
 
Sixty years ago this month, teens were rocking to Bill Haley and His Comets singing “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” and Pat Boone’s “Ain’t That a Shame.” Dad and Mom were listening to Mitch Miller’s “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” In movie houses and at the drive-ins, moviegoers were watching William Holden woo Jennifer Jones in Love is a Many-Splendored Thing while in The Man From Laramie, Jimmy Stewart faced down a gunrunner selling rifles to the Apaches.
 
In Nevada, at Yucca Flats, the U.S. military was continuing to study the damage done to “Survival Town” by a series of 14 atomic bomb blasts conducted during the previous spring. For more on this story, please see A big ‘whoops’ moment

September 15, 2015: Cook Islands actually issues circulating coins, made in Australia
 
Collectors have long been able to buy noncirculating legal tender coins from the Cook Islands, issued by various private and national mints under license from the tiny archipelago in the Pacific.
 
But in August, the Cook Islands issued a new series of its own circulating coins, as part of a currency reform coordinated through the Royal Australian Mint. It was the third such reform and relaunch completed by the RAM for a Pacific Ocean nation within about a month, joining changes for Tonga and Vanuatu (Coin World, Aug. 31 and Sept. 14 issues). For more on these coins, please see Cook Islands

September 11, 2015: Carson City Mint exhibit includes 1875-CC Seated Liberty 20-cent coin matched to excavated die
 
A numismatic exhibit on Seated Liberty 20-cent coins being displayed at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City for at least the next year includes an 1875-CC issue struck from one of four dies later excavated, circa 1999 to 2000, from property next to the former Carson City Mint.
 
The resurrected coin die and a matching coin that it struck when it was in use at the Mint are part of an exhibit championed by Massachusetts collector John Frost, co-author with Lane Brunner of Double Dimes — The United States Twenty-Cent Piece. For more on this story, please see Carson City Mint

September 11, 2015: ANA Money Museum to Deaccess Bulk Items from Collection.
 
The American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will dispose of low-value bulk coins that have accumulated in the museum's vaults during the last 50 years. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will feature a number of these deaccessioned items in their Collections & Accumulations Auction, which will take place on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. PST. Among these items are worn or damaged common-date U.S. Mint issues, bulk world coins, and other pieces already represented in the Museum’s core collection.
 
The goal is to improve storage and access while making space in the vaults for future objects that fulfill the Museum’s educational plan. Proceeds raised through the sale of these items will be used to support the collections, acquisitions and care program. This process will facilitate the ANA’s overall mission to represent the full range of numismatic history. For more on this story, please see ANA Money Museum

September 10, 2015: ANA Money Museum to Deaccess Bulk Items from Collection.
 
The American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will dispose of low-value bulk coins that have accumulated in the museum's vaults during the last 50 years. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will feature a number of these deaccessioned items in their Collections & Accumulations Auction, which will take place on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. PST. Among these items are worn or damaged common-date U.S. Mint issues, bulk world coins, and other pieces already represented in the Museum’s core collection.
 
The goal is to improve storage and access while making space in the vaults for future objects that fulfill the Museum’s educational plan. Proceeds raised through the sale of these items will be used to support the collections, acquisitions and care program. This process will facilitate the ANA’s overall mission to represent the full range of numismatic history. For more on this story, please see ANA Money Museum

September 9, 2015: Evelyn Edison Newman, 95, wife of renowned numismatist Eric P. Newman, dies Sept. 1
 
Evelyn Edison Newman, wife of renowned numismatist Eric P. Newman who supported his numismatic endeavors through more than 75 years of marriage and established her own philanthropic legacy, died Sept. 1 at age 95 in Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
 
Born July 25, 1920, in Atlanta, Evelyn Newman was raised in St. Louis where her father and his brothers expanded the family business, Edison Brothers, primarily a woman’s shoe manufacturing concern that subsequently branched out into other disciplines. For more on this story, please see Evelyn Edison Newman

September 8, 2015: Spooky coin set from Downies brings tales from the crypt to life
 
A new set of noncirculating legal tender collector coins from Kiribati celebrates the macabre.
 
The Coins from the Crypt set, issued by Kiribati, is being released Sept. 1. The Proof .925 fine silver $5 coins bring together some of the most infamous characters of literary horror, invoking visions of Gothic graveyards, decrepit tombs and ghastly ghouls. For more on these coins, please see Spooky coin set

September 7, 2015: Using literature to build an 'obsolete' note collection: Collecting Paper
 
Obsolete notes and scrip were issued by thousands of issuers with a dizzying array of different denominations and designs. To complicate things, counterfeiters and other criminals had a field day producing counterfeits and other types of fraudulent notes.
 
As a result, no one catalog captures the wide array of what is available countrywide. The Society of Paper Money Collectors, along with a few other publishers and authors, has published a large number of catalogs that list the issues, for both bank notes and scrip, of many different states. However, there are gaps in the series, with major states like Illinois, Massachusetts and New York remaining to be done. For more on this subject, please see Obsolete note collection

September 4, 2015: 1933 double eagle sighting leads to eventual call from FBI official
 
With all the recent news on the case of the 1933 gold $20 double eagles, I have decided to share some of my own experiences with these coins, including how I actually had one of these coins in my hand, some years ago.
 
One experience was a near miss in the late 1970s. Another coin dealer offered me a 1932 double eagle, which I bought for around $18,000 or so. In 1933, the past owner went to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. He wanted to buy a 1933 gold $10 eagle and a 1933 gold $20 coin from the Mint. He was able to buy the $10 coin and he saw the 1933 $20 coins piled up on the back table. Unfortunately, the person at the Mint said that the $20 coins were not released yet; he was able to buy the 1932 double eagle, which I later bought. For more on this story, please see 1933 double eagle sighting

September 3, 2015: United States Mint sales of silver American Eagle bullion coins continue on record-setting course
 
American Eagle silver bullion coin sales by the U.S. Mint continue on their record pace, with 4,935,000 coins recorded sold during the month of August.
 
The monthly sales total, the third highest in 2015, behind January and July, brings the cumulative 2015 calendar year sales total to 32,250,000. For more on these sales, please see American Eagle bullion coin sales

September 2, 2015: Ursula Kampmann to receive the 2015 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing
 
Ursula Kampmann is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing. This award is presented annually to an author, journalist or researcher in recognition of their career contributions to the hobby. The award is sponsored by F&W Publications, and the winner is selected in a cooperative process by the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society and the Numismatic Literary Guild. Kampmann will be honored at the ANS Gala on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in New York City.
 
Ursula Kampmann was born in 1964 and has called Munich, Germany home for many years. Kampmann studied ancient history and numismatics at the Ludwigs-Maximmilians University in Munich, as well as prehistory and medieval history at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany. After working as a professional numismatist for the Giessener Münzhandlung in Munich and the Münzen und Medaillen AG in Basel, Switzerland, she worked as chief editor for the German numismatic publication MünzenRevue (CoinsRevue) from 1996-2012. For more on this announcement, please see Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing

September 1, 2015: Live YN Auction to be held online on Sept. 19
 
For the first time in its history, the American Numismatic Association will be hosting a live, nationwide YN Auction online. The auction will take place online at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Sept.19.
 
One hundred items will be up for auction, including a gold 1915-B Switzerland 20 Francs. YNs will have the opportunity to place live bids. All 100 lots can be viewed on the ANA’s Pinterest page prior to the start of the auction or in the YN Auction Catalog, which can be downloaded as a PDF. For more on this auction, please see Live YN Auction

September 1, 2015: Superman flies again on Canada’s silver $20 coin
 
Superman flies again on Canadian coins, and this time, a lot more collectors will be able to collect him.
 
The Royal Canadian Mint on Aug. 12 announced a new 2015 silver $20 coin showing the super hero, and the coin is available at face value this time. It’s part of the RCM’s popular “$20-for-$20” series and, with a mintage limit of 350,000 pieces, has the highest mintage limit yet for any coin in the series. For more on this coin, please see Superman flies again

August 28, 2015: Host Cities for National Money Shows Discussed at ANA Board Meeting
 
(Rosemont, Ill.) – Site selection for the 2018 and 2019 National Money Shows was the major topic of discussion by the American Numismatic Association’s newly inducted Board of Governors at its regular meeting on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
 
Potential host cities for the 2018 and 2019 National Money Shows – which are traditionally held in March and are smaller than the World’s Fair of Money events – include Oklahoma City, Okla., Pittsburgh, Penn., and Charleston, S. Carolina. After much discussion about ease of airport access, community amenities and strength of the region’s collector base, the board agreed to delay choosing the convention sites until October. For more on this announcement, please see National Money Shows Discussed

August 28, 2015: United States Mint sells nearly half of 2015 American $1 Coin and Currency sets on first day
 
Despite technical difficulties on the U.S. Mint's website Aug. 24 preventing some collectors from quickly accessing the site, the Mint still managed to sell nearly half the 90,000 2015 American $1 Coin and Currency sets on that opening day of sales.
 
U.S. Mint officials announced shortly before 3 p.m. Aug. 25 that sales the first day totaled 44,344 sets. For more on these sales, please see 2015 American $1 Coin and Currency sets

August 27, 2015: Week's allocation of American Eagle silver bullion coins already sold out
 
The U.S. Mint's authorized purchasers will have to wait until Aug. 31 to learn the bureau's next weekly allocation of silver American Eagle bullion coins after purchasing the current week's allotment in just two days.
 
The Aug. 24 allocation was 812,500 coins, 601,000 of which were purchased Aug. 24 and the remaining 211,500 on Aug. 25. For more on this story, please see American Eagle silver bullion coins

August 26, 2015: Attendance Announced for 2015 World’s Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association’s 2015 World’s Fair of Money – the most important numismatic event of the year – regaled 8,635 people at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill, Aug. 11-15.
 
The family-friendly event featured displays by government and private mints from around the world; expansive educational programs led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise; exhibits of rare treasures from the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum in Colorado Springs; hundreds of dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items in all price ranges; and major auction events by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries. For more on this announcement, please see Attendance Announced

August 26, 2015: Exhibitors Honored at Chicago World’s Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association presented 53 competitive exhibit awards at the 2015 World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois. Winners were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception and the awards banquet on August 14. A total of 36 exhibitors of all ages and experience levels, showing 60 exhibits, competed in this year’s program. There were also six non-competitive exhibitors showing six additional exhibits.
 
Lawrence Sekulich received the Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-in-Show for his exhibit "They Flap, Flutter and Float: Various Winged Immortals Appearing on Coins from Ancient to Modern Times." For more on this announcement, please see Exhibitors Honored

August 26, 2015: Part of £1.3 million Anglo-Saxon coin hoard discovered in 2014 going on display
 
A British Museum coroner has given permission to display "about 20" Anglo-Saxon coins from a hoard unearthed late last year by an amateur metal detectorist, according to BBC News.
 
The coins set for display are a small portion of the 5,251-piece hoard of 10th and 11th century coins unearthed last December and valued at £1.3 million, a find that is considered one of the biggest in the last 200 years in the UK. Paul Coleman, a 59-year-old member of the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club, was the lucky explorer who came across the hoard as he was scouring a large field just north of Buckinghamshire. For more on this announcement, please see £1.3 million Anglo-Saxon coin hoard

August 25, 2015: Why the modern world coin third-party-graded market is growing
 
In recent years the market for modern coins has exploded. In part, this reflects the changing demographics of numismatics as new collectors join the hobby.
 
They are often younger and less financially secure than more established collectors, who tend to be older, wealthier, and more interested in the classic collector coins they remember from their youth. Newer collectors are often drawn to modern coins because they are easier and less expensive to collect than classic American and other older coins. For more on this story, please see Third-party-graded market

August 21, 2015: What's the history of the 1715 Treasure Fleet?
 
So another 350 gold coins were pulled from the 1715 Treasure Fleet wreckage on July 30. What was the 1715 Treasure Fleet? Here's a quick lesson:
 
The 1715 Treasure Fleet was a group of 12 treasure-carrying Spanish galleons bound from Havana to Spain, where the gold they contained would be used to support the nearly bankrupt Spanish crown, according to Queens Jewels LLC’s website. On July 30, 1715, a hurricane wrecked 11 of the 12 ships off the coast of Florida, as they were heading up the Bahama Channel. For more on the history, please see The 1715 Treasure Fleet

August 21, 2015: Reverse Proof Coins Are Good for the Hobby
 
In recent years the U.S. Mint and several world mints have issued collector coins with reverse proof finishes. These coins have mirrored devices and frosted fields instead of frosted devices and mirrored fields like regular proof coins.
 
The Perth Mint in Australia has been using this approach for many years on its widely collected bullion coin series like the Kookaburra, Koala, and Lunar series coins, and the Royal Canadian Mint has also issued many reverse proof coins. For more on this story, please see Reverse Proof Coins

August 20, 2015: ANA Literary Awards announced at 2015 World's Fair of Money
 
The ANA's 2015 Literary Awards — recognizing articles published in the 2014 volume of the ANA's official magazine, The Numismatist — were presented Aug. 13 at the 2015 ANA World's Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Illinois. The Numismatist was first published by ANA founder and inaugural editor Dr. George F. Heath in 1888.
 
Introduced in 1949, the Heath Literary Awards acknowledges outstanding articles. First place was awarded to Eric P. Newman and Maureen Levine for their July 2014 article, "18th-Century Writings on the Continental Currency Dollar Coin." The ground-breaking study shows that contemporary documents predate the publication once thought to be the earliest description of the iconic American issue. Newman and Levine received $250 and an engraved nickel-silver medal designed in 2013 by artist and ANA member Jamie Franki. For more on this award, please see ANA Literary Award

August 20, 2015: Federal government to return millions of dollars in Liberty Dollars seized by authorities in 2007
 
Millions of dollars' worth of silver, gold, platinum and copper Liberty Dollar medallions and related property seized by federal authorities in 2007 will be returned to their owners, according to court documents.
 
The return of that property, however, is being delayed until all petitions filed seeking return of the property have been completely processed and any appeals finalized. For more on this action, please see Liberty Dollars

August 18, 2015: American coin designer Adolph A. Weinman appears on latest coin from Tuvalu
 
Coin designer Adolph A. Weinman, who designed some of America’s most memorable coins, appears on the latest coin from Tuvalu.
 
Designed by ModernCoinMart staff artist Charles D. Daughtrey, the 1-ounce .999 fine silver $1 was minted by the Perth Mint of Australia. This is the second coin in a series of exclusive coins that were minted for release at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. For more on this coin, please see Adolph A. Weinman

August 17, 2015: Lucy Pickens was 'Queen of the Confederacy': Home Hobbyist
 
As a matter of historical record, home hobbyists may collect paper currency from both the Union and Confederate States of America, imagining the Civil War and the hoarding of coins that gave way to paper money as a mainstay of both economies.
 
Current news events I mention here likely will have played out by the time you read this. But one seldom mentioned bit of historical news will remain: the appearance of a woman on the Confederate $1 and $100 notes, Lucy Petway Holcombe Pickens, also known as the "Queen of the Confederacy." For more on this subject, please see Lucy Pickens

August 14, 2015: Mint reports website problems during sale of Eisenhower Coin and Chronicles set
 
The main United States Mint web page,www.usmint.gov, was down from 12:04 p.m. to 12:21 p.m. due to an issue with a computer application unrelated to the launch of the 2015 Coin & Chronicles Set - Dwight D. Eisenhower. This application issue did not have an effect on any catalog pages, including the web page for the 2015 Coin & Chronicles Set - Dwight D. Eisenhower. Customers were still able to order the 2015 Coin & Chronicles Set - Dwight D. Eisenhower, which became Unavailable at 12:16 p.m., meaning the U.S. Mint is currently out of this item, but more may be available later. Any customer who may have normally entered the catalog site, which is any page that starts with catalog.usmint.gov, would not have experienced any issues. Any customer who attempted to enter through www.usmint.gov from 12:04 p.m. to 12:21 p.m. would have encountered an error trying to get to the catalog site. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused customers.
 
Adam Stump, Deputy Director, Office of Corporate Communications, United States Mint For more on this problem, please see Mint reports website problems

August 13, 2015: CCAC members recommend reverse design for 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coin
 
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee has selected Nancy Reagan's personal choice for the reverse of the First Spouse gold coin to be issued in 2016 in her honor.
 
The CCAC met by teleconference Aug. 10 to consider proposed reverses for the 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold $10 coin. For more on this coin, please see 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold

August 12, 2015: 1795 Liberty Cap, Reeded Edge cent surfaces after more than five decades in hiding from numismatic world
 
DALLAS – A 1795 Reeded Edge large cent, NGC VG Details – The 'House of Davis McKinney' Specimen – will be sold at auction for the first time in half a century on Jan. 7, 2016. It will be presented as part of the Heritage Platinum Night offerings held in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention.
 
The coin is one of just 10 examples known and is the fifth finest of all the coins. For more on this coin, please see 1795 Liberty Cap, Reeded Edge cent

August 11, 2015: Eleanor Roosevelt should be on the new $10 bill, latest poll says
 
After a spring that saw Harriet Tubman become the popular choice to have her portrait placed on circulating U.S. paper money, Eleanor Roosevelt has become a contender during the summer.
 
Roosevelt topped Tubman in a McClatchey-Marist poll on the subject, with the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt garnering 27 percent of 1,249 votes cast. Tubman, the famed abolitionist and pioneer of the Underground Railroad, was supported by 17 percent of respondents, while Sacagawea was third with 13 percent. For more on these poll, please see Eleanor Roosevelt on the new $10 bill?

August 10, 2015: Win a Gold Digital Membership to the ANA through the CAC Fancaster Challenge
 
For over 100 years the American Numismatic Association has helped collectors expand their collections through its annual conventions. Past and current show attendees are invited to share details of their favorite finds at an ANA show by participating in the Certified Acceptance Corporation Fancaster® Challenge. Coin enthusiasts could win a digital membership to the ANA and other great prizes.
 
To participate, create and submit a video describing the best numismatic item you have ever found at an ANA show. It’s easy to do — just use your smartphone, tablet, computer camera or video camera. For more on this contest, please see Win a Gold Digital Membership

August 7, 2015: Upcoming ANA Money Talks presentations and Series discussions at the 2015 World’s Fair of Money
 
Free and open to the public. Notable speakers will be sharing their numismatic expertise on a wide range of subjects, as well as their enthusiasm for the hobby. Some of the hobby’s most noted authorities will discuss their ideas and collections with the numismatic community.
 
Explore the numismatic legacy of Lincoln and how the impressions left on coinage, tokens, currency and medals combine to create a numismatic snapshot of the president and how closely this snapshot compares to the historical Lincoln. For more on these presentations, please see ANA Money Talks presentations

August 6, 2015: ANA Board of Governors schedule meetings at the 2015 World’s Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors will hold two open session meetings during the 2015 World’s Fair of Money. The final open session for the 2013-2015 board will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14 in Room 21 of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The 2015-2017 Board of Governors will convene at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in Room 21.
 
The meetings will be broadcast online at Money.org and WorldsFairofMoney.com with replays available immediately afterward on the ANA’s YouTube channel. For more on this meeting, please see ANA Board of Governors schedule meetings

August 6, 2015: Gold American Eagle bullion sales in July more than double June's total
 
Sales of the U.S. Mint's American Eagle gold bullion coins to authorized purchasers totaled 170,000 ounces in July 2015, which was the highest monthly total since April 2013 and more than double the 76,000 ounces that were sold in June, according to Mint figures posted online Aug. 3.
 
The July 2015 total was also way up compared to the 30,000 ounces sold in July 2014. For more on this auction, please see Gold American Eagle bullion sales

August 5, 2015: Live, nationwide YN Auction to be held online on September 19
 
For the first time in its history, the American Numismatic Association will be hosting a live, nationwide YN Auction online. The auction will take place online at 10 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Sept.19.
 
One hundred items will be up for auction, including a gold 1915-B Switzerland 20 Francs. YNs will have the opportunity to place live bids. All 100 lots can be viewed on the ANA’s Pinterest page prior to the start of the auction or in the YN Auction Catalog, which can be downloaded as a PDF. For more on this auction, please see YN Auction

August 5, 2015: NGC Ancients grades possibly unique Roman gold medallion
 
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has graded an important large-sized gold medallion of the Roman emperor Constantine I (A.D. 307 to 337) that many believe to be unique.
 
One of the most famous Roman emperors, Constantine I is often called “the Great” for his many achievements during his three decades in power. He is particularly well known for being the first Christian emperor as well as for founding a new capital in Constantinople. For more on this medallion, please see Roman gold medallion

August 4, 2015: Hobby fighting proposed cultural property regulations in Germany
 
Collectors in Germany and from around the world have signed a petition to fight tighter cultural property laws that have been proposed in Germany.
 
Ursula Kampmann, founder and publisher of CoinsWeekly.com, posted the online petition on July 21, and within 48 hours had received signatures from Germany and 57 other countries, including the United States. For more on this story, please see Fighting proposed cultural property regulations

August 3, 2015: Sponsors pledge support for ANA World's Fair of Money
 
Twenty-two sponsors have pledged support for the American Numismatic Association's 2015 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 11-15, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It is the ANA's 124th annual summer convention.
 
"The continued support the numismatic business community has for ANA World's Fair of Money is an inspiration for the ANA," said David Truesdell, ANA Sales and Sponsorship Manager. "Our goal every year is to put on the best possible show, and the sponsorship support we receive helps us accomplish our goal." For more on this announcement, please see Sponsors pledge support

August 3, 2015: Worldwide Coin Debut at the World's Fair of Money
 
Adolph A. Weinman will be the featured image on a new coin making a debut at the World's Fair of Money being held this August 11-15 in Chicago. Special show pricing. Visit table 1611 for details.
 
Second in a series commemorating the designers of America's coins. Only 1,000 minted in 99.9% pure silver. Minted by the Perth Mint of Australia. Meet the coin designer at the show from Wednesday through Friday! For those who cannot go to the show, please see Adolph A. Weinman coin

August 3, 2015: 2016 dates for International Paper Money Show in Memphis announced by convention owner
 
No sooner had everyone’s bags been unpacked from this year’s International Paper Money Show in Memphis, Tenn., than the dates for 2016 were announced as being from Wednesday, June 1, through Sunday, June 5.
 
The show will be in the same hall as the 2015 convention at the Cook Convention Center. This will be the 40th anniversary of the event, and it will include tributes to the previous 39. The bourse room will have room for 14 more tables than in 2015. For more on this show, please see Memphis Paper Money Show

July 31, 2015: Election results for the new ANA Board of Governors
 
Voting members of the American Numismatic Association have chosen three new candidates and six incumbents to the ANA Board of Governors for the 2015-17 election term.
 
New members Steve Ellsworth, Donald Kagin and Paul Montgomery will join Walter Ostromecki, Greg Lyon, Ralph Ross and Tom Mulvaney on the Board of Governors along with President-elect Jeff Garrett and Vice President-elect Gary Adkins. Both Garrett and Adkins ran unopposed. In accordance with ANA bylaws, ballots for uncontested offices are not tabulated. Only the first vote is counted in both of those races. For more on this announcement, please see The new ANA Board of Governors

July 31, 2015: American Liberty, High Relief gold coin on 'back order' after sales top 30,000 within 75 minutes of launch
 
The United States Mint took orders July 30 for more than 30,000 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief gold $100 coins within 75 minutes of the noon Eastern Time sales launch.
 
The product limit is 50,000 coins, and each household order is limited to a maximum of 50 coins. The coin is priced at $1,490 each. For more on this report, please see 30,000 coins within 75 minutes

July 30, 2015: Chicago’s fourth star, ‘Century of Progress,’ featured on 2015 World’s Fair of Money commemorative medal
 
Medallic artist Jamie Franki has created a beautiful and stunning commemorative medal for the American Numismatic Association’s 2015 World’s Fair of MoneySM, coming to the Donald E. Stephens Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, Aug. 11-15, 2015. The medal, the fourth in a series inspired by the stars on the Chicago municipal flag, depicts the city’s famed 1933-34 World’s Fair, the Century of Progress.
 
The 2015 World’s Fair of Money convention medal will be available at the #ShopANA kiosk, table 1900, or it can be ordered by calling 1-800-514-2646. Orders are scheduled to ship after the convention. There is a shipping-and-handling charge of $6.95 for each order. For more on this medal, please see 2015 World’s Fair of Money commemorative medal

July 28, 2015: Royal Canadian Mint issues first coin with color, fine art glass, glow paint
 
One of the Royal Canadian Mint’s newest collector coins is the first to combine color, glow paint and borosilicate fine-art colored glass.
 
Each of the Proof 2015 The Universe .9999 fine silver $20 coins, released July 7, features a unique glass piece crafted with a swirl of silver dust to create an image of the universe that is one-of-a-kind. Variation in the swirl of the silver dust makes each coin different. For more on this coin, please see Royal Canadian Mint

July 27, 2015: Save money on shipping insurance with this ANA benefit
 
American Numismatic Association and North American Collectibles Association members can save substantially on shipping insurance through the popular online program, Shipandinsure.com
 
After joining the NACA for an introductory six-month trial offer of $45, members can take advantage of the discounts on ShipandInsure.com. For more on this insurance, please see Shipping insurance

July 25, 2015: Five reasons to attend the World's Fair of Money
 
#1: Imagine a space the size of two Walmarts (average size: 108,000 square feet). Now, fill it with silver, gold and paper money. That should give you a good picture of the World’s Fair of Money bourse floor (220,000 square feet). That’s one big bourse, and one incredible inventory. There’s a massive U.S. coinage section, along with areas devoted to ancients, world coins, paper money, numismatic literature, and much more.
 
#2: The ANA is presenting three different seminars before the convention. Learn the fundamentals of coin grading, how to grade mint-state coins, or how to become an expert negotiator. Take advantage of the member pricing and increase your numismatic knowledge. For the rest of the reasons, please see World's Fair of Money

July 24, 2015: More American Eagle gold bullion sales in July than any month since April 2013
 
The U.S. Mint has already sold more ounces of gold in American Eagle gold bullion coins in July than it has in any month over the last two years.
 
As of July 22, the Mint has sold 118,500 ounces of the gold bullion coins, according to numbers posted on the Mint's website Thursday. That's the highest total for any month since April 2013, when 209,500 ounces were sold. For more on this report, please see American Eagle gold bullion coins

July 23, 2015: Sale of American Eagle silver bullion coins by U.S. Mint to resume July 27
 
The United States Mint plans to resume sales to its authorized purchasers July 27 of American Eagle silver bullion coins, three weeks after sales were suspended so depleted inventory could be replenished.
 
The resumption of sales will be on an allocation basis, according to U.S. Mint officials. For more on this announcement, please see American Eagle silver bullion coins

July 22, 2015: 'Guide Book of Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, and Liberty Walking Half Dollars' available from Whitman
 
Whitman Publishing has released the first edition of A Guide Book of Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, and Liberty Walking Half Dollars.
 
The 320-page book by Q. David Bowers offers pricing, grading instructions, series histories, and guidance on how to build high-quality collections of these popular coins. It is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $29.95. For more on this book, please see Whitman Guide Book

July 21, 2015: [Correction to] Notable numismatists honored with service awards
 
Editor's note: A previous version of this press release incorrectly identified the committee that Carl Wolf has chaired and the positions that Mark Lighterman has held for the ANA. This press release has been updated to correct those errors.
 
The following ten individuals and organization are being recognized for their contributions to the hobby and the American Numismatic Association. Recipients of the ANA’s 2015 Service Awards will be formally recognized at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, Aug. 11-15. The Medal of Merit is presented to honor individuals who have dedicated numerous years of service to the Association and promotion of the hobby. For more on this [corrected] announcement and the list of names, please see Notable numismatists honored

July 21, 2015: England to receive Dealer of the Year Award
 
Victor England, a specialized dealer in classical coins, is the 2015 recipient of the American Numismatic Association Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award. England will be presented the award at the World's Fair of Money awards banquet on Friday, Aug. 14, in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
Presented annually, the award honors a professional numismatist who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer. The award is named in honor of the late Harry J. Forman, a Philadelphia coin dealer, author and ANA life member. For more on this announcement, please see Dealer of the Year Award

July 21, 2015: Notable numismatists honored with service awards
 
The following ten individuals and organization are being recognized for their contributions to the hobby and the American Numismatic Association. Recipients of the ANA’s 2015 Service Awards will be formally recognized at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, Aug. 11-15.
 
The Medal of Merit is presented to honor individuals who have dedicated numerous years of service to the Association and promotion of the hobby. For more on this announcement and the list of names, please see Notable numismatists honored

July 21, 2015: Images of gold coin hoard discovered in Germany released by museum
 
Images of the recovery of a gold coin hoard in Germany have now been released by the Lüneburg Museum.
 
Amateur archaeologist Florian Bautsch found 10 coins beneath and near a tree last October before alerting local archaeologists, who excavated the remaining 207 coins. The hoard had originally been deposited in the ground in two sacks. The only record of the sacks were the aluminum seals, which did not decompose. For more on this find, please see Images of gold coin hoard

July 20, 2015: Large-size Uncirculated McGill National Bank $10 note highlights Holabird September sale
 
An assemblage of 58 national bank notes issued in Nevada, including 18 rare large-size notes, are set to highlight Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC's September auction.
 
Only one of the notes has been professionally graded by a third-party grading service, according to the firm's owner, Fred Holabird. The notes, from "an old Nevada collection," are currently being cataloged, Holabird said. For more on these notes, please see McGill National Bank $10 note

July 17, 2015: Metal detectorist discovers Nazi-era gold coin hoard
 
A metal detectorist in northern Germany discovered the find of a lifetime last October.
 
Amateur archaeologist Florian Bautsch found 217 gold coins in a hoard that had been buried beneath the roots of a tree that later was removed. The tree's removal had somewhat scattered the coins. For more on this find, please see Nazi-era gold coin hoard

July 17, 2015: Morgan half dollar, Stella pattern collections to be displayed at World's Fair of Money
 
Two superb sets from The Bob Simpson U.S. Pattern Collection, the Morgan half dollar patterns of 1877 and $4 Stellas in all metals, will be displayed at the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) booth during the American Numismatic Association Chicago World's Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.com), August 11 - 15, 2015.
 
These two sets are ranked as both the current and all-time finest of their kind in the PCGS Set Registry®, and this will be the first time they will be publicly exhibited. The coins will be displayed courtesy of collector Bob Simpson of Texas and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey. For more on these coins, please see Morgan half dollar, Stella pattern to be displayed

July 16, 2015: United States Mint nixes American Liberty, High Relief silver medal for 2015
 
United States Mint officials decided July 13 that the bureau will not produce and issue the American Liberty, High Relief silver medal in 2015.
 
Furthermore, "We have not determined if this product will be released at a later date," Adam Stump, deputy director of the Mint's Office of Corporate Communications, said via email July 14. No other explanation was offered by Mint officials. For more on this announcement, please see U.S. Mint nixes High Relief silver medal for 2015

July 15, 2015: Orzano named 2015 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award winner
 
Michele Orzano will be recognized as the 2015 recipient of the American Numismatic Association's Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics on Aug. 14, during the Awards Banquet at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Ill.
 
This award honors women who have made significant contributions to numismatics, whether in research, leadership or mentorship. For more on this announcement, please see Orzano named 2015 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award winner

July 15, 2015: Two Inducted into ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame
 
In recognition of their outstanding contributions to numismatics, the American Numismatic Association will induct the following individuals into the Numismatic Hall of Fame at the World’s Fair of Money awards banquet on Friday, August 14, in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
A numismatist most of his life and an ANA life member, James Charlton began to produce catalogs about Canadian coins and tokens in 1952. His numismatic passion grew and the published catalogs expanded to include paper money of all stripes (government and private emission) and Canadian colonial tokens. Presently the ANA library contains more than 100 editions of approximately 15 titles attributed to him. For more on this announcement, please see Two Inducted into ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame

July 14, 2015: John D. Wright named the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner
 
Longtime numismatist John D. Wright will be honored with the American Numismatic Association's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM Awards Banquet on Aug. 14 in Rosemont, Ill.
 
This award is presented to an individual, family or organization that has made outstanding contributions to organized numismatics. For more on this announcement, please see John D. Wright named the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

July 14, 2015: Ancient Roman coins featuring women common, affordable
 
Though the number of American coins showing historical women is notably limited, ancient Roman coins are a series known for featuring an abundance of female figures.
 
Many of the women on the Roman coins were placed there because of a familial relationship to the ruler, but women certainly had a place in this most public of media nearly 2,000 years ago. For more on these coins, please see Ancient Roman coins featuring women

July 14, 2015: Schwan named 2015 Numismatist of the Year
 
Carlton Frederick “Fred” Schwan, a coin collector and numismatist since his childhood, has been named the American Numismatic Association’s 2015 Numismatist of the Year. Schwan will receive his award on Friday, August 14, during the awards banquet at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
A student and publisher of military numismatics and all aspects of paper money, Schwan has taught at the ANA Summer Seminar since 2001, including 14 full seminars and various mini-seminars. For more on this announcement, please see Schwan named 2015 Numismatist of the Year

July 13, 2015: Pearlman to receive Farran Zerbe Memorial Award
 
Donn Pearlman, who for more than 50 years has worked to promote the American Numismatic Association and the hobby as a journalist, publicist and collector, is the 2015 recipient of the ANA’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. Pearlman will receive the award on Friday, August 14, during the ANA Awards Banquet and Silent Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
“I am humbled and honored to be selected for this award. Thank you to Col. Joseph Boling for nominating me, and thank you to the ANA Board for selecting me,” Pearlman stated. For more on this announcement, please see Pearlman to receive Farran Zerbe Memorial Award

July 13, 2015: Decision to diminish Alexander Hamilton appalls former Federal Reserve chairman
 
While all the publicity concerning the announcement that a woman will be depicted on the new $10 Federal Reserve note was expected, the reactions to it took many by surprise.
 
While opining that having a woman on a note was a good idea, former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke used the word “appalled” to describe his reaction to the possibility that Alexander Hamilton’s position would be diminished. Yet in a recent USA Today/Suffolk poll only 4 percent of respondents said the $10 bill should stay the way it is. As for the woman of choice: 8 percent favored Eleanor Roosevelt, 5 percent Rosa Parks, 4 percent Harriet Tubman, and 3 percent Susan B. Anthony. Sixty-six percent were undecided or unsure. For more on this issue, please see Decision to diminish Alexander Hamilton

July 11, 2015: Government seeks 1933 gold double eagle rehearing involving coins from 'the family of a thief'
 
The government contends that it should not be prevented from recovering coins from “the family of a thief” in its latest filing, continuing the ongoing saga of the 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles that turned up in a Philadelphia family’s safe deposit box in 2003.
 
Attorneys for the government filed a brief in federal court on July 1, requesting a rehearing of the April 17 decision of a three-judge panel in the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit who reversed a July 21, 2011, jury verdict and subsequent order from the District Court that held that the coins were government property. For more on these gold coins, please see Government seeks 1933 gold double eagle rehearing

July 10, 2015: Mint releases technical details for 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief gold coin
 
The 2015-W American Liberty gold coin will be struck three times, with the press operator inserting the planchet and removing the coin manually, U.S. Mint officials confirmed July 2.
 
The Mint also confirmed that custom planchets will be used for the high relief 1-ounce .9999 fine gold coin. For more on this gold coin, please see High Relief gold coin

July 9, 2015: Holsonbake named 2015 Outstanding Adult Advisor of the Year
 
Glenn Holsonbake received the Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Adult Advisor during the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar Session 2 graduation banquet on July 1, 2015. This award is presented annually to an individual who has recruited and mentored Young Numismatists and aided in the development of intermediate to advanced young collectors.
 
Holsonbake has collected coins since age 9 when he biked back and forth to the bank as often as he could to search through rolls of cents, nickels and dimes. He is a mentor whose passion for numismatics is unwavering; he remains diligent in teaching and sharing his devotion with many young numismatists across the country. Currently Holsonbake is a grading and Barber series instructor for the ANA. For more on this announcement, please see Outstanding Adult Advisor of the Year

July 9, 2015: Early American Coppers instructors receive Honorary Doctorates
 
Douglas F. Bird and Stephen Carr were awarded honorary Doctor of Numismatics degrees from the American Numismatic Association's Florence Schook School of Numismatics on Wednesday, July 1, at the Session 2 graduation banquet for the 2015 Summer Seminar.
 
“This is simply the nicest thing that could happen in terms of a career in coins and numismatics in general,” Bird said. “I have to give considerable praise to my partner here, who does 90 percent of the work. I just smile a lot.” For more on this announcement, please see Instructors receive Honorary Doctorates

July 8, 2015: George R. Minot Nobel Prize Medal to be sold Sept. 21 by Bonhams
 
The Nobel Prize medal awarded to George R. Minot in 1934 for his pioneering work on the treatment of pernicious anaemia is to be sold at Bonhams History of Science and Technology Sale in New York on September 21. It is estimated at $200,000-300,000.
 
Minot (1885 to 1950) and his fellow scientists William. P. Murphy and George. H. Whipple won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for their work in the study of anaemia. Minot and Whipple discovered that pernicious anaemia could be treated effectively with liver, which is rich in vitamin B12. Further work confirmed B12 as a vital compound in the development of the treatment. For more on this auction, please see Nobel Prize Medal to be sold

July 7, 2015: Measuring modern world coin explosion, by the book
 
There may be no better illustration of the explosion in modern commemorative coins than the growth in the catalog that tracks them.
 
The famous multi-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series by Chester Krause and Clifford Mishler in modern times features the research and analysis of Tom Michael and, until January, George Cuhaj. For more on these catalogs, please see Modern world coin explosion

July 6, 2015: Ellsworth, Kagin, Montgomery to join Board of Governors
 
Voting members of the American Numismatic Association have chosen three new candidates and six incumbents to the ANA Board of Governors for the 2015-17 election term.
 
New members Steve Ellsworth, Donald Kagin and Paul Montgomery will join Walter Ostromecki, Greg Lyon, Ralph Ross and Tom Mulvaney on the Board of Governors along with President-elect Jeff Garrett and Vice President-elect Gary Adkins. Both Garrett and Adkins ran unopposed. In accordance with ANA bylaws, ballots for uncontested offices are not tabulated. Only the first vote is counted in both of those races. For more on this election, please see A.N.A. election results

July 4, 2015: U.S. standard .900 silver alloy in coins may change under legislation
 
The composition of the nation’s regular 90 percent silver coins and 90 percent commemorative silver dollars could change under provisions of legislation currently working its way through Congress.
 
The provision in H.R. 1698 — the Bullion and Collectible Coin Production Efficiency and Cost Savings Act — is a proposed technical correction reportedly aimed at saving the U.S. Mint money by conforming to the current world standard of .910 fine silver for coin silver. The Mint reportedly has to order custom-made blanks for the .900 fine silver issues. For more on this change, please see U.S. .900 silver alloy in coins may change

July 3, 2015: U.S. Mint reports 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set – Harry S. Truman sold out within 15 minutes June 30
 
The 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set – Harry S. Truman reportedly sold out of its maximum authorization within 15 minutes of going on sale from the U.S. Mint at noon Eastern Daylight Time June 30.
 
The set, offered at $57.95, was restricted to a product limit of 17,000 sets, with a household ordering limit of five sets. For more on this sale, please see 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set

July 2, 2015: 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief $100 gold coin goes on sale July 30
 
The United States Mint will open sales of the 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief 1-ounce, .9999 fine gold coin at noon Eastern Daylight Time July 30.
 
The coin is the first gold U.S. coin to bear the $100 denomination. The coin was originally scheduled to be a $75 face value coin and contain three-quarters of an ounce of pure gold. For more on this sale, please see High Relief $100 gold coin

June 30, 2015: Kraljevich, Goldstein receive honorary ANA doctorates
 
Longtime American Numismatic Association members Erik Goldstein and John Kraljevich were awarded honorary Doctor of Numismatics degrees from the Florence Schook School of Numismatics on Thursday, June 24, at the Session 1 graduation banquet for the 2015 ANA Summer Seminar.
 
Kraljevich and Goldstein have paired to teach courses in colonial numismatics at Summer Seminar since 2004. [Editor's note: Some of you may remember was that John Kraljevich was the president of the West Chester Coin Club way back in 1995.] For more on this announcement, please see Kraljevich, Goldstein receive honorary ANA doctorates

June 29, 2015: Lyn Knight auctions: Series 1863 ‘Spread Eagle’ $100 legal tender note tops U.S. portion
 
Among the high-powered offerings in the auction of large-size type notes by Lyn Knight Currency Auctions at the International Paper Money Show in Memphis, Tenn., June 19, an American classic stole the limelight. Known colloquially as the “Spread Eagle” note for the large vignette of an eagle with outspread wings on the face, the Series 1863 $100 legal tender note (Friedberg 167a) graded Choice New 63 by PCGS Currency was sold for $260,000 plus the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee, bringing it to $305,500, equaling the highest price ever for a note in this condition.
 
Bidding was spirited. It started at $180,000 and the note was finally knocked down to a floor bidder after much back and forth. For more on this note, please see Series 1863 ‘Spread Eagle’ $100 legal tender note

June 26, 2015: ANA to announce 2015 election results with online broadcast
 
American Numismatic Association Executive Director Kim Kiick will announce the winners of the 2015 Board of Governors election at 4 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Monday, July 6, with a live broadcast to the membership that will be hosted on Money.org and on the ANA’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/AmericanNumismatic).
 
A press release announcing the newly elected board members will be issued to the ANA membership and the media immediately following the broadcast. Results will be posted on Money.org as well as on the ANA’s Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn accounts. For more on this broadcast, please see 2015 election results broadcast

June 26, 2015: Steven Roach named Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year
 
Steven Roach was named the American Numismatic Association’s Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year during the 2015 Summer Seminar Graduation Banquet for Session 1 on Wednesday, June 24.
 
The Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year Award annually honors a young collector for contributions to the hobby and industry. Recipients are recognized as emerging leaders who inspire their peers and fellow collectors. For more on this award, please see Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year

June 26, 2015: Policy by eBay exempts some numismatic items from Confederate flag ban
 
The new eBay policy prohibiting the sale of the Confederate battle flag and items depicting it appears to include an exemption for some numismatic items, including classic U.S. commemorative coins and Civil War era notes. However, other numismatic collectibles that bear Confederate flag motifs as part of their design could be banned for sale on eBay.
 
“Items that are related to the Confederate flag and its image as a symbol of divisiveness in contemporary context will be prohibited on eBay,” eBay’s spokesman, Ryan Moore, said via email June 24. “We recognize the historical significance of this era and will allow some related historical items.” For more on this policy, please see Policy on eBay about the Confederate flag

June 25, 2015: 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief gold coin to be 1-ounce, $100 face value issue
 
The 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief gold coin to be issued by the U.S. Mint will be a 1-ounce .9999 fine gold piece that will carry a face value of $100, becoming the United States' first gold coin to bear that denomination.
 
The first U.S. coin to carry the $100 denomination is the American Eagle 1-ounce platinum coin introduced in 1997. For more on this coin, please see 2015-W American Liberty, High Relief gold coin

June 23, 2015: Panama's giant silver coin of the 1970s paved the way
 
Though large silver medals helped familiarize collectors with the concept of large silver issues, it was Panama's silver 20-balboas coin that served as a precursor to 5-ounce silver coins.
 
The parents of the 5-ounce coins are the 1-ounce silver bullion coin and large silver commemorative coin in excess of one ounce. Silver bullion coins like the 1-ounce South African Krugerrand, Canadian Maple Leaf and American Eagle created a strong international appetite for silver beginning in the late 1960s, a few years after silver was removed from circulating coins worldwide. For more on these coins, please see Panama's giant silver coin

June 22, 2015: Here's what people are saying about putting a woman on the $10 bill
 
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced on June 17 that the department is planning to place a woman's portrait on the $10 bill beginning in 2020.
 
Though many details of the development—such as where on the bill the to-be-determined woman would appear and whether she would completely replace current resident Alexander Hamilton or accompany him—have yet to be hashed out, there are plenty of opinions about putting a historical lady on U.S. paper money. For more on this topic, please see Here's what people are saying

June 19, 2015: A woman will be put on the $10 Federal Reserve note, U.S. Treasury announces
 
On June 17 the U.S. Treasury Department announced that there would be a redesign of the $10 bill which would feature a woman as an important part of the design. By the next morning there was already such a torrent of speculation that it was impossible to keep the facts straight. Among the reports appearing in various media within twelve hours were that: The new note would feature both the present subject, Alexander Hamilton and a woman whose identity was to be determined.
A woman would be the sole new face of the $10
A woman would be on a separate series of bills and that Hamilton would remain on another series of notes.
 
This much is known for sure based on information provided by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP): Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew decided that the new $10 note should feature a woman who was a champion for our inclusive democracy. The note is scheduled to be introduced in 2020, in time to mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. In a new twist, the secretary is asking for the public’s views to help guide the design process, not just the BEP. For more on this announcement, please see A woman will be put on the $10 Federal Reserve note

June 18, 2015: United States Mint releases image mock-ups for 2016 gold dime, quarter dollar, half dollar
 
The United States Mint has released image mock-ups for the 24-karat gold 2016 Winged Liberty Head dime, Standing Liberty quarter dollar and Walking Liberty half dollar to be issued as numismatic products marking the centennial anniversaries of all three coins.
 
The three coins were all introduced in 1916 into general circulation in .900 fine silver. Coin World's earlier coverage of the Mint's potential plans for 2016 for the centennial anniversaries can be found here. For more on these coins, please see 2016 gold dime, quarter dollar, half dollar

June 12, 2015: Donald G. Partrick Collection auctions postponed at consignor's request
 
DALLAS – Heritage Auctions has placed on hold the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Donald G. Partrick Collection Auctions at the request of Mr. Partrick’s family.
 
“Because the family has no immediate use for additional funds, and Don continues to delight in his collection, they proposed an extension agreement,” said Heritage Co-Chairman, James Halperin. “Don and his family are wonderful clients and a pleasure to work with, and we are very grateful for the trust they have placed in us. Therefore, we were happy to accommodate their wishes. We look forward to conducting the remaining Partrick auctions at a later date, to be determined.” For more on these auctions, please see Donald G. Partrick Collection auctions postponed

June 11, 2015: 2015 Special Silver Set 'Currently Unavailable' from United States Mint
 
The three-coin 2015 March of Dimes Special Silver Set is listed on the U.S. Mint's website as "Currently Unavailable."
 
"Currently Unavailable," according to the website, means, "We are currently out of this item, but more may be available later. Provide your email using the “REMIND ME” button and we will let you know when we are taking orders again." For more on this coin set, please see 2015 Special Silver Set 'Currently Unavailable'

June 8, 2015: 'Most important' Georgia national bank note, others draw auction attention
 
National bank notes will once again be the currency of attention when Manifest Auctions of Greenville, S.C., holds its summer sale on July 15.
 
Leading the way with an estimate of $70,000 is what the auctioneer refers to as “the most important Georgia national banknote ever discovered.” The Original Series First Charter Period $2 note from the First National Bank of Newnan, Ga. (Friedberg 389), is the first piece of this denomination ever seen from this state. The design type is called by collectors a “Lazy Deuce” for the large horizontal figure 2 that takes up nearly half of the face side. For more on this note, please see Georgia national bank note

June 5, 2015: Collector discovers new variety for 1896 Indian Head cents
 
Collector Douglas Hill discovered a new example of 1896 Indian Head cent some have dubbed the "Flying 9" variety because of the horn-shaped raised metal protruding from the top right of the 9 in the date.
 
Experts, however, have reached no broad agreement on what caused the anomaly. For more on this new variety, please see 1896 Indian Head cent

June 4, 2015: American Eagle silver bullion coins sales by U.S. Mint dip 29 percent in May
 
The U.S. Mint's authorized purchasers bought 29 percent fewer American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion coins in May than in April. Sales of American Eagle gold bullion coins dropped 27 percent over the same period.
 
The Mint has yet to begin offering any 2015 American Eagle 1-ounce platinum bullion coins for sale. The platinum bullion coins were last offered in October 2014. For more on these sales, please see 2015 American Eagle 1-ounce platinum bullion coins

June 3, 2015: Win an ANA special edition of “Paper Money of the United States”
 
All ANA members who register online for the 2015 World’s Fair of Money BY JUNE 27 will be entered into a drawing to win an ANA special edition of “Paper Money of the United States,” autographed by authors Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg.
 
Only 200 of these special edition hardback books were produced. For more on these books, please see “Paper Money of the United States” book

June 3, 2015: Collectors discover doubled dies on America the Beautiful quarter dollars
 
Daniel Ksycki gets things started with a 1971 Washington quarter dollar that has a major doubled die reverse. A very strong counterclockwise spread shows on UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, QUARTER DOLLAR and the wreath.
 
I list this variety as 1971 25¢ WDDR-001. The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America lists the variety as 1-R-I. The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties records the variety as FS-25-1971-801 (027.7). For more on these finds, please see Doubled dies on America the Beautiful quarter dollars

June 2, 2015: Numismatic photography: Learn to take great images
 
Advanced Numismatic Digital Photography (Session II) Take your skills to the next level with emphasis on sharpness and color.
 
Mini-Seminar: Editing Digital Images 101 (Session II) Learn how to get the most out of Photoshop in a two-night class. For more on these courses, please see Roman coins

June 2, 2015: Bronze medallion of Roman ruler Caracalla celebrates Pythian Games
 
If you want to collect ancient coins celebrating sporting events, the mind naturally turns to those Greek issues for the Olympics.
 
But Roman coins also offer options for a topical collection focusing on ancient sports. An example of a Roman bronze piece marking the Pythian Games sold May 18 at Nomos Ag’s auction No. 10. For more on these Roman coins, please see Roman coins

May 29, 2015: Counterfeit American Eagle gold bullion coins improving in design quality
 
An Ohio coin dealer reports receiving eight counterfeit American Eagle 1-ounce gold bullion coins of different dates from among 120 coins submitted by a New York dealer.
 
Donald Herres from Dollartowne in Bellbrook, Ohio, said the shipment containing the counterfeit coins was received May 22 from a longtime customer who did not know the eight coins were fakes until notified by Herres. For more on these counterfeits, please see Counterfeit American Eagle gold

May 28, 2015: American Buffalo bullion coin sales lagging behind previous years
 
May sales by the United States Mint to its authorized purchasers of 2015 American Buffalo 1-ounce gold $50 bullion coins continue to be sluggish.
 
The total number of coins sold through May 26 reached 7,000 coins, 3,000 coins fewer than were sold in all of April. The highest monthly sales in 2015 so far are from January, with 34,000 coins. January is traditionally a strong sales months since it typically signals the first availability of the coins for the incoming production year. For more on these sales, please see American Buffalo bullion coin sales

May 26, 2015: Evidence of ancient triumphal arch found on coin of Nero
 
Though ancient historians left a trove of written records about life centuries ago, the appearance of many pieces of the past are only known from their depiction on coins.
 
A bronze sestertius of the famed Roman emperor Nero provides a visual record of a triumphal arch whose details would otherwise be unknown in history. For more on this coin, please see Ancient triumphal arch

May 22, 2015: One-year-type 1808 Capped Draped Bust quarter eagle brings $2.35 million
 
Overall prices for the coins in the D. Brent Pogue Collection auction May 19 were strong, especially for the handful of gold coins at the end of the sale.
 
The auction of 128 coins, held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in conjunction with Sotheby’s and titled “Masterpieces of United States Coinage: Part 1,” took place at Sotheby’s headquarters on the Upper East Side. For more on this coin, please see 1808 Capped Draped Bust quarter eagle

May 21, 2015: The Summer Seminar is right around the corner
 
Collecting/Investing in Morgan Silver Dollars: A Comprehensive Approach — Learn the nuances of collecting by date and mintmark, and the importance of strike, toning and eye appeal. Key die states, prooflike and deep mirror prooflike coins, extant populations, grading and grading services, pricing and cutting edge research also will be discussed.
 
United States Branch Mint History — Topics include gold exploration, congressional legislation, and the operations of the branch mints, the assay offices, and the proposed mint at The Dalles, Oregon. For more on these seminars, please see Summer Seminars

May 20, 2015: The saw-maker’s patterns
 
For more than a century, odd looking, extra heavy 1795 cents confounded collectors. Everyone knew they were not of the same quality as the 1795 cents produced by the Philadelphia Mint, but no one knew where they came from.
 
In the 1860s coin dealer Ebenezer Locke Mason Jr. referred to them as Jefferson cents, presumable because the image of Miss Liberty on the front bore a vague resemblance to Thomas Jefferson. He liked the scarce and odd coins so much he even made and sold electrotypes of them – a kind of counterfeit counterfeit. For more on this coin, please see The extra heavy 1795 cents

May 19, 2015: Once completed, Waterloo medal design considered a masterpiece
 
Benedetto Pistrucci’s masterpiece took 30 years to complete, and then wasn't struck.
 
The Waterloo Medal is the “finest piece of intaglio engraving ever seen,” according to Marsh. “This masterpiece with its brilliant combination of allegorical and classical design enables Pistrucci to be described as possibly the greatest engraver ever.” For more on this medal, please see Waterloo medal

May 18, 2015: Heritage Currency Signature Auction realizes major bids
 
The nearly 6,000 lots offered for sale in Heritage’s April 22 to 28 Currency Signature Auction in Schaumburg, Ill., resulted in total sales of $10,102,103 including the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.
 
The sale featured selections from the collection of Eric P. Newman, but with more than 4,000 lots spread over five floor session and another two sessions confined to the Internet, it ran the gamut of collectible paper currency. The Newman component, at 910 lots, formed the heart of the auction, and was not surprisingly responsible for almost half of the top 50 prices realized. For more on this story, please see Auction realizes major bids

May 18, 2015: Canada completes melting of gold coin hoard
 
One-third of all Canadian 1912, 1913, and 1914 gold coins have now officially been melted.
 
More than 215,000 $5 and $10 coins were melted during a 10-day period early in June, according to sources in Canada. For more on melting of gold coin, please see Melting of gold coin hoard

May 15, 2015: Voters picked Harriet Tubman for the $20, so what happens now?
 
The big story of the day has been the announcement that Harriet Tubman topped the Women on 20s poll to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Federal Reserve note.
 
And though much of social media seems to think that means Tubman's spot on the note is now secure, it is far from it. Women on 20s has now moved into its petition phase, during which it will lobby President Barack Obama to make the change in time for the 100th anniversary of women being given the right to vote in 2020. For more on the $20, please see Tubman on the $20

May 14, 2015: More than half of March of Dimes coin sales tied to Special Silver Set
 
Sales of the 2015 March of Dimes commemorative silver dollars have been driven by the success of the 2015 March of Dimes Special Silver Set.
 
Of the 141,364 March of Dimes silver dollars reported sold by the U.S. Mint, 120,384 are Proofs, with more than 62 percent being in the Special Silver Set that as of May 12 had gone into "Unavailable" status. The sets went on sale May 4 at $61.95 per set, with a maximum of 75,000 sets available. For more on the March of Dimes set, please see March of Dimes

May 12, 2015: Italy marks World War I anniversary with Proof silver €10 coin on May 5
 
Italy has joined the growing number of nations to issue a coin commemorating the centennial of World War I.
 
The Italian State Mint on May 5 released a Proof 2015 .925 fine silver €10 coin marking the 100th anniversary of Italian participation in the war, which came on May 24, 1915. For more on the Italian coin, please see Italian coin

May 8, 2015: Small Vermont sale with a few notes, coins yields unique Nevada national bank note
 
A new discovery, the first-ever Series 1902 Red Seal national bank note from the First National Bank of Ely, Nev., sold for $120,750 on April 18 at a local auction of miscellaneous ephemera in Williston, Vt. The quoted price includes the 15 percent buyer’s fee.
 
The $5 note (Friedberg 589, Charter No. 8561) was one of just 10 lots of paper money in a 451-lot sale consisting mainly of old photos, books, posters, stamps, memorabilia, and about a dozen lots of coins. For more on the unique Nevada national bank note, please see Nevada national bank note

May 8, 2015: 1878 Morgan dollar
 
A very rare variety of the 1878 Philadelphia Morgan dollar was certified recently by ICG Grading Service of Tampa, FL.
 
The coin is an example of VAM-44A an 1878 coin with the 7 over 8 tail feather reverse. This particular die pair features tripled edges of the leaves and blossoms on Liberty’s head plus clash marks. On the obverse there is a faint clashed “N” by Liberty’s throat. Evidence of the designer’s initial “M” shows in the field above the “D” of “GOD” on the reverse. For more on the 1878 Morgan dollar, please see 1878 Morgan dollar, VAM-44A

May 7, 2015: Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson reportedly had 500 gold coins sent to Belize
 
Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson had four suitcases’ worth of gold from the site of the SS Central America shipwreck deposited into a trust account in Belize, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
 
The Dispatch cited a deposition that included testimony from his longtime assistant and girlfriend Alison Antekeier, who said she herself packed 500 coins made from gold bars pulled up from the Central America site into four suitcases and turned them over to a person who took them to Belize. For more on the gold, please see Gold

May 4, 2015: Sovereign for new sovereign: Royal Mint announces limited edition gold coin
 
The Royal family’s newest member is being honored with a sovereign.
 
A total of 750 of the gold “sovereigns for a sovereign,” struck the day the baby was born, are being presented in special packaging as a memento of the occasion. For more on the sovereign, please see Sovereign

May 4, 2015: Attendance strong during National Coin Week Open House
 
The American Numismatic Association welcomed nearly 400 visitors to an open house on April 25 at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The event was held as part of the 2015 National Coin Week.
 
This year’s theme, “Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World’s Fairs,” celebrated the history of these great events and the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. This year was the 92nd annual National Coin Week. For more on the open house, please see Open House

May 1, 2015: Heritage's Platinum Night: 1933 Indian Head gold eagle realizes $822,500
 
While the Langbord family’s 1933 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagles have been in the news recently, 1933 Indian Head gold $10 eagles are also rare and coveted. Nearly all examples from the mintage of 312,500 examples were melted, with an estimated 25 to 30 known today.
 
Most are in Mint State grades, as this issue did not see general circulation and most examples were obtained directly from the U.S. Mint. As Heritage notes:“The 1933 eagle is awarded the status of being the only gold issue of this date that even the most patient and well-funded collectors are currently able to obtain. Moreover, unlike the double eagle, which according to the government was never officially released in any quantity to the public, the legality of owning an example has never been questioned.” For more on the 1933 Indian Head gold eagle, please see 1933 Indian Head gold eagle

April 30, 2015: U.S. Mint to offer Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse $10 gold coins May 7
 
Proof and Uncirculated versions of the 2015-W Mamie Eisenhower, First Spouse gold $10 coin are to go on sale from the U.S. Mint beginning at noon Eastern Daylight Time May 7.
 
Retail prices for the Eisenhower coins, based on the Mint's pricing grid for coin's containing precious metals, will be announced May 6. For more on the First Spouse $10 gold coins, please see First Spouse $10 gold coins

April 28, 2015: From the palette to the purse: red-letter days for collectors of colorful circulating coins
 
These are red-letter days for collectors of colorful circulating coins.
 
The Royal Australian Mint has just released its fourth colorful circulating coin. Australia’s four colorful $2 coins join 14 circulating coins from Canada, one circulating coin from Papua New Guinea and another from New Zealand, all sporting color. For more on colorful circulating coins, please see Colorful circulating coins

April 23, 2015: ANA awards $62,000+ in Summer Seminar scholarships
 
The American Numismatic Association has awarded $62,810 in scholarship funds and financial aid for the upcoming 2015 Summer Seminar, held June 20-July 2 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the campus of Colorado College.
 
Scholarships for Young Numismatists totaled $37,560, with 17 YNs receiving full scholarships and another 9 students receiving partial scholarships. For more on scholarships, please see Scholarships

April 23, 2015: Tyler Rusnak awarded inaugural ANA College Scholarship
 
Tyler Rusnak, a member of the American Numismatic Association and a senior at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois, is the first recipient of the ANA College Scholarship. Rusnak will receive $1,000 to use toward tuition at an institution of his choice.
 
Rusnak has attended the past two ANA Summer Seminars, where he studied grading and type-coin collecting. This year, he plans to take a course in Early American copper coinage. For more on Tyler Rusnak, please see Tyler Rusnak

April 23, 2015: Board of Governors adopts new budgeting guidelines
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors adopted new budgeting guidelines that include the use of up to 3 percent of the ANA's investment principal to fund yearly operations. The new budgeting guidelines were approved by a unanimous 7-0 vote during a teleconference meeting held Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
 
The motion, proposed by Governor Greg Lyon, also permits the use of an additional 1 percent of investment principal for unanticipated non-capital expenses. For more on the Board of Governors, please see Board of Governors

April 21, 2015: Langbord case: What are those 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagles worth?
 
It's wild for me to think that I started full time at Coin World in 2009, and the Langbord 1933 double eagle case was in full swing. Now, six years later, the case continues to have twists and turns as it evolves.
 
From daily trial coverage at the 2011 trial in Philadelphia, to dozens of follow-ups, it’s a case that has never bored me. Here’s the latest development, which is a game-changer for the coins and potentially the hobby. For more on the 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagles, please see 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagles

April 21, 2015: Celebrate National Coin Week "Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World’s Fairs"
 
Celebrate National Coin Week, April 19 to 25, and win some great prizes by exercising your numismatic knowledge. The grand prize is a 1915-S Panama Pacific Exposition commemorative half dollar!
 
Video Trivia Challenge: Watch the five videos in this year's series, then enter your answers. Everyone with a perfect score will be entered in a prize drawing. The grand prize is a 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition commemorative half dollar. Second prize is an American Eagle 2015 one-tenth ounce gold $5 proof coin, and third prize is a 2015 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set and regular Proof Set. More prizes, including U.S. Mint sets, will also be awarded. Deadline for answers is May 4. For more on the National Coin Week, please see National Coin Week

April 21, 2015: After Alexander the Great, Macedonian silver remains prolific in Hellenistic Age
 
The conquests of the Macedonian Kings Philip II (359 to 336 B.C.) and Alexander III “the Great” (336 to 323 B.C.) profoundly changed the Greek world. During their reigns the era of the city-state was fast coming to an end as the two rulers helped foster a new devotion to empires.
 
Also, Alexander’s conquests allowed Greek culture to take root in some of the most distant outposts of the Near East. For more on the Greek world, please see Alexander the Great

April 18, 2015: Court rules in favor of Langbord family in 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle case
 
The Langbord family just may get to keep the 10 1933 double eagles that were allegedly discovered in a safe-deposit box more than a decade ago.
 
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on April 17 vacated a previous declaratory judgment by a district court that declared the coins as government property that was unlawfully removed from the U.S. Mint. In doing this, the appeals court vacated a July 21, 2011, jury decision where 10 jurors unanimously ruled in favor of the government, the jury concluding that the coins were illegally obtained from the U.S. Mint and remain government property. For more on the Langbord family ruling, please see Langbord family ruling

April 17, 2015: NGC grades first Mint State 68 1884-CC Morgan dollar while still in its GSA holder
 
Numismatic Guaranty Corp. has certified as Mint State 68 an 1884-CC Morgan dollar secured in its as-issued General Services Administration Hoard holder.
 
Max Spiegel, vice president of sales and marketing for NGC’s parent entity, Certified Collectibles Group, said April 9 that the coin is the first and only NGC MS-68 GSA Hoard 1884-CC Morgan dollar and one of only two 1884-CC dollars certified as MS-68. For more on the NGC 1884-CC Morgan, please see NGC 1884-CC Morgan

April 16, 2015: U.S. Mint records sales of 344,423 Proof 2015-W American Eagle silver dollars through April 12
 
Sales by the United States Mint of Proof 2015-W American Eagle silver dollars in all packaging options reached 346,352 coins, according to the Mint's weekly report updated April 12.
 
The coin is offered as a single coin option for $48.95. The option went on sale Jan. 2. Single coin option sales totaled 344,423 pieces. The coin is also included in the 2015 Congratulations Set that went on sale Jan. 26 for $50.95. Sales of that set totaled 1,929 sets. For more on the Proof 2015-W American Eagle, please see Proof American Eagles

April 14, 2015: Austrian Mint marks Federal Army’s anniversary with coin
 
The Austrian Mint on May 6 will issue a 2015 commemorative silver €5 coin in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Austrian Federal Army (Bundesheer).
 
The modern Austrian army was formed in 1955 when the post-World War II Allied occupation of Austria ended with the signing of the Austrian State Treaty, declaring Austria a neutral, peaceful country. For more on the Austrian Army's anniversary, please see Austrian Army's anniversary

April 11, 2015: VAM-32 1878 Morgan, 7/8 Tail Feathers dollar variety seldom encountered
 
As part of my job, I am afforded the opportunity to examine a sizable number of rare varieties. One variety that I’ve noticed seeing seldom, and even less often now than in the past, is the VAM-32 1878 Morgan dollar. This 7 over 8 Tail Feathers variety was first reported by Leroy Van Allen in April 1965 in the article “1878 7/8 Tailfeather Silver Dollar: How and Why,” published in The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine.
 
It was formally listed as VAM-32 in his subsequent work with A. George Mallis, the Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan & Peace Dollars. It has always been considered rare and was a natural choice for the set presented in The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys by Michael Fey and Jeff Oxman. For more on the VAM-32 Morgan Dollar, please see VAM-32 Morgan dollar

April 10, 2015: Know your U.S. coins: Morgan dollar
 
For decades the Morgan dollar has ranked at the top U.S. coin collectors' favorite coins. Why is the Morgan dollar so popular? There are many reasons, including: large size, attractive designs, numerous varieties, historical significance.
 
Morgan dollars are collected by type, by date and Mint mark, by die varieties, or by designs (several "different" designs were used for both sides, each slightly different than the others), depending on budget and interests. For more on the Morgan Dollar, please see Morgan dollar

April 4, 2015: California federal judge rules against government in 1974-D aluminum cent case
 
A federal judge in California has ruled that two men can continue their quest to own and potentially sell a 1974-D Lincoln aluminum cent. The court held that it is plausible that the coin could have left the Denver Mint legally.
 
The ruling continues a year-long legal battle between Randall Lawrence and Michael McConnell and the government. Lawrence is the son of Harry Edmond Lawrence. After a career at the Denver Mint, predominantly in the assistant superintendent’s position, the senior Lawrence retired as assistant superintendent in 1980. He died the same year. For more on this ruling, please see Federal judge rules against government

April 3, 2015: Looming repeal of sales tax exemption driving Pennsylvania dealer out of state
 
Rich Uhrich from Rich Uhrich Rare Coins in Hershey, Pa., was hoping to one day leave the cold and frigid winter environs of Pennsylvania for a warmer southern climate. He expected he had a number of years before that plan would be put into action, when he was closer to retirement.
 
What Uhrich didn’t expect was Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans to repeal the 10-year-old sales tax exemption for coins, which has moved up that relocation date. For more on this tax, please see Looming repeal of sales tax exemption driving Pennsylvania dealer out of state

April 2, 2015: Virginia passes sales tax exemption on gold, silver, platinum
 
A coalition of numismatic businesses, led by John Feigenbaum (David Lawrence Rare Coins), lobbyist Stephen Haner, and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), started working together last summer on legislation to exempt rare coins, paper money, and precious metals from their state’s sales and use taxes.
 
In this year’s legislative session, HB 1648 (sponsored by Delegate Jackson Miller) and SB 1336 (sponsored by Senator Frank Wagner) were introduced. There were 28 co-sponsors. The bills are identical and provide a sales and use tax exemption that includes gold, silver, and platinum purchases that whose total exceeds $1,000. For more on this tax exemption, please see Virginia passes sales tax exemption

April 1, 2015: 1943 Jefferson 'nickel' struck on steel planchet among popular wartime errors
 
Striking error coins look unusual and are the result of something going wrong during the minting process. They teach us about how coins are made, and error coins enjoy a dedicated following in our hobby. Each error is unique, and many are dramatically weird in appearance.
 
There are lots of ways to collect error coins. Some collectors elect to focus on a given error type, such as an off-center strike, while others collect a range of errors across a denomination or coin type. For more on this error, please see 1943 Jefferson 'nickel' struck on steel planchet

March 31, 2015: Attendance strong at Portland National Money Show
 
The American Numismatic Association's 2015 National Money ShowSM welcomed a total of 4,592 people for the three-day event, held March 5-7 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
 
Attendance was strongest on Saturday, March 7, when 1,420 members of the public turned out for free admission and free, educational appraisals on up to three coins or other numismatic items. For more on the Portland National Money Show, please see Portland National Money Show

March 30, 2015: Famed Brasher Doubloon on Display at ANA Money Museum Courtesy of Monaco Rare Coins
 
(Colorado Springs, Colorado) -- The finest certified 1787 Brasher Doubloon, the first circulating gold coin struck for the young United States, is on display at the American Numismatic Association's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum (www.money.org) in Colorado Springs. The coin is on loan courtesy of Monaco Rare Coins of Newport Beach, California (www.MonacoRareCoins.com).
 
"It is now prominently exhibited in the ANA's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum side-by-side with three other historic United States coins from the ANA's collection: the Bebee/McDermott 1913 Liberty Head nickel, and both the Cohen/DuPont Class I and Idler/Bebee Class III 1804 Draped Bust dollars," said Douglas Mudd, curator of the museum. For more on the Brasher Doubloon, please see Brasher Doubloon

March 27, 2015: Fred Weinberg makes a living off of other people's mistakes
 
Known as a specialist in error coins and the minting process, and as an author on those subjects, Fred Weinberg from Fred Weinberg & Co. said he never intended to make a career from the hobby he was introduced to at age 9. Weinberg is also a specialist in U.S. gold coins.
 
While in college in Southern California in 1972, Weinberg said, he received a phone call from Jonathan’s Coins, in Inglewood, Calif., one of the largest coin shops in the country, to come to the shop and help in the purchase of a collection of error coins. For more on Fred Weinberg, please see Fred Weinberg

March 26, 2015: ANA announces new online registration for Summer Seminar
 
Collectors interested in attending the American Numismatic Association's 47th annual Summer Seminar, to be held June 20-July 2, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, can register for the event on Money.org. Members who register by April 15 will save $50 per session on the cost of tuition, and Life Members will save an additional $25 per session.
 
The new feature is a shopping-cart style registration system with a variety of tuition and lodging options that allow students to choose classes, mini-seminars and tours while paying securely using a debit or credit card. Collectors who are not members of the ANA can first join online and then register for Summer Seminar. For more on online registration, please see Online registration for Summer Seminar

March 26, 2015: Book value of United States Treasury-owned gold tops $11 billion
 
The latest book value of gold owned by the United States Treasury tops $11 billion.
 
The book value is not the market value. The book value represents the total number of troy ounces held in deep-storage and working-stock inventories multiplied by the statutorially established value per troy ounce of gold of $42.2222 set in 1973, not the market spot price, which currently exceeds $1,100 per troy ounce. For more on this gold, please see Treasury-owned gold

March 25, 2015: Pogue Collection total prices realized could exceed $200 million by 2017
 
By the time the action ends May 18, 2017, for the seventh and final auction session for the D. Brent Pogue Collection, some numismatists predict the cumulative prices realized will exceed $200 million.
 
Totaling more than 650 lots, the Pogue Collection, assembled over more than 35 years, represents the gamut of United States coins, from the 1792 Flowing Hair half disme to gold $20 double eagles. For more on this collection, please see The Pogue Collection

March 24, 2015: Spring has sprung: coins, medals showcase the changing season
 
Fortunately for snowbound world coin collectors, numismatic spring is year-round. If it isn’t quite warm yet where you are, this selection of springtime themes may make the waiting a bit easier.
 
Spring takes place from September to November in Australia. The climate as well as the calendar is quite unique due to the continent’s size, shape, location, and ocean currents. And the climate varies a lot from one region to another. In temperate Sydney, summers are warm, sometimes hot, and winters are mild (63 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). For more on these themes, please see Spring has sprung

March 23, 2015: Contact your state representative and state senator now!
 
Below is a message from the Industry Council for Tangible Assets pertaining to proposed sales tax regulations in Pennsylvania.
 
On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf introduced his 2015-16 proposed budget plan. To help pay for the budget, the governor would raise the sales tax from 6% to 6.6%, and he would greatly increase the number of services and items, including investment metal bullion and investment coins, that would no longer be tax exempt. For more on this TAX, please see PROPOSED TAX ON COINS AND BULLION

March 23, 2015: The American Numismatic Association Road Show is heading to Georgia
 
The American Numismatic Association Road Show will make its next stop at the Georgia Numismatic Association 51st Coin and Currency Show, April 17-19, at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia.
 
The ANA Road Show gives members and collectors around the country an opportunity to see some of the most impressive items from the ANA's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum. Collectors also can attend an ANA Money Talks presentation and learn more about ANA educational programs. For more on this Road Show, please see A.N.A. Road Show

March 20, 2015: Kennedy half dollar came along amid circulating coin shortage in U.S.
 
After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963, the nation mourned. Not long afterward the Treasury Department and the Mint decided to replace the design on the Franklin half dollar, in use since 1948, with a portrait of Kennedy.
 
Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts created the Kennedy portrait on the obverse, and his assistant, Frank Gasparro, designed the reverse. The first coins were released in March 1964 and created a sensation. In Europe they found a ready sale at about $5 each, and many dealers shipped quantities to agents there. Stateside, they were gobbled up as soon as they were released. For more on this coin, please see Kennedy half dollars

March 19, 2015: U.S. Mint to offer Uncirculated 2015-W American Eagle silver dollar March 26
 
The Uncirculated 2015-W American Eagle 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar will go on sale at noon Eastern Daylight Time March 26 by the United States Mint.
 
The initial price of the coin is $39.95 and is subject to change based on the changing spot price of silver. The Mint will impose no product or household ordering limits. For more on this offer, please see Uncirculated 2015-W American Eagles

March 18, 2015: Low-mintage 'King of Morgan dollars' example sells for nearly $40,000
 
An oft-repeated phrase is that “Proof is a method of manufacture and not a condition.”
 
Proof coins without wear are graded Proof 60 to Proof 70. Those that have light circulation may grade lower, in a Proof grade corresponding to the amount of wear, like Proof 58 for a coin with light wear at the high points of the design. Proof 60 represents the “base” of wear-free Proof coins, and a coin in this grade will likely have marks, hairline scratches in the fields, and perhaps a loss of reflectivity. For more on this coin, please see King of Morgan dollars

March 17, 2015: Dogfight above Dover on silver $20 coin
 
During the summer of 1940, the German Luftwaffe waged an ultimately unwinnable campaign to dominate the skies above the United Kingdom.
 
Canada’s effort to assist the British Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain is the theme of a new coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. For more on this story, please see Dogfight above Dover

March 13, 2015: 2,500-year-old gold and silver coins found in U.S. college's library
 
Finding a $20 bill could make your day. Find priceless, 2,500-year-old gold and silver Greek and Roman coins, and you’ve made the discovery of a lifetime.
 
That’s what happened to University at Buffalo faculty member Philip Kiernan, who heard a rumor from a UB alumnus in 2010 that the UB Libraries housed the rare coins.
 
For more on this find, please see 2,500-year-old gold and silver Greek and Roman coins

March 13, 2015: U.S. Mint website creating confusion about product availability
 
This is a new blog on modern numismatics. It aims to inform the modern coin collector about important issues and developments. I think that to get the most out of any aspect of numismatics you need to keep abreast of what is going on.
 
Q. David Bowers famously said “buy the book before the coin,” which is sound advice, but in an area of numismatics that moves as fast as modern coins, you may not be able to wait for the book, and that is where blogs like this can help.
 
For more on this confusion, please see U.S. Mint website creating confusion

March 12, 2015: Gold prospector willing to part with 87-ounce nugget find for a price
 
Australian gold prospector Mick Brown says he's willing to part with his recently discovered 87-ounce gold nugget for a minimum price - a mere $200,000 in Australian dollars. That's $154,572 in U.S. dollars as of March 9.
 
The nugget's precious metal value just for the gold it contains is over $100,000 in U.S. dollars.
 
For more on this nugget, please see Prospector willing to part with 87-ounce nugget

March 11, 2015: 1916-D ‘Mercury’ dime brings $94,000: Key graded MS-66 full bands leads Heritage’s PNG show auction
 
A beautifully toned 1916-D Winged Liberty Head dime grading Mint State 66 full bands with a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker led Heritage’s Feb. 26 to March 1 Professional Numismatists Guild Invitational auction in metropolitan Dallas.
 
The key date “Mercury” dime, in an older Professional Coin Grading Service first generation green label holder, sold for $94,000. The “rattler” holder (as it is called) is slightly smaller than current PCGS slabs and was used during PCGS’s first few years.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1916-D ‘Mercury’ dime

March 10, 2015: Participate in National Coin Week Activities and Win a Great Prize
 
The 2015 National Coin Week is April 19-25. This year's theme is "Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World's Fairs," celebrating the history of World's Fairs and the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.
 
The ANA is holding two National Coin Week competitions. The grand prize for each competition: A 1915-S Panama Pacific Exposition commemorative half dollar!
 
For more on this prize, please see Win a Great Prize

March 9, 2015: The Florence Schook School of Numismatics presents an educational pre-convention grading seminar
 
GRADING MINT STATE COINS (2-day seminar)
 
Using digital presentations, in-depth discussion, market grading analysis and extensive hands-on coin viewing, students will develop their ability to grade mint state United States coins. The course will be taught by Brian Silliman, professional numismatist, Brian Silliman Rare Coins and former NGC grader/conserver and ANA authenticator/conserver. A catered lunch will be provided each day by the Michigan State Numismatic Society.
 
For more on this school, please see School of Numismatics

March 6, 2015: CCAC makes its Mark Twain commemorative design recommendations
 
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended designs March 5 for the 2016 Mark Twain gold $5 half eagle and silver dollar.
 
The design recommended for the silver dollar's reverse was originally submitted for the panel's consideration as an obverse.
 
For more on this design, please see Mark Twain commemorative

March 5, 2015: Australian gold prospector unearths 87-ounce nugget worth more than $100,000 in U.S. dollars
 
Lisle, Ill., March 2, 2015 – Minelab, the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs, today announced that Australian gold prospector Michael Brown has uncovered an astonishing 87-ounce solid gold nugget during a prospecting expedition in Inglewood, a town located in the state of Victoria, Australia. Discovered in six inches of ground with a state-of-the-art Minelab detector, Brown’s find is estimated to be worth over $130,000 AUD based on Australia’s current gold price per ounce.
 
“I’m still in absolute shock about finding a gold nugget of this magnitude! As a professional gold prospector, this find is a monumental accomplishment in my career,” said Brown. “I’ve been using Minelab detectors for years and the investment has more than paid off.”
 
For more on this story, please see 87-ounce nugget

March 5, 2015: Money.org and NationalMoneyShow.com have full coverage of the 2015 National Money Show
 
Whether you're at the show or wishing you could be there, NationalMoneyShow.com and Money.org are the places to be for photos, videos and news from the 2015 Portland National Money Show.
 
Tune in at 3 p.m. Pacific on Friday, March 6, for a livestream of the 2015 ANA Board of Governors Candidate's Forum, moderated by Barbara Gregory, editor-in-chief of The Numismatist. A video feed of the forum will be live on both Money.org and NationalMoneyShow.com during the forum, and a link to the instant video will be provided on both sites as well.
 
For more on this live coverage, please see Coverage of the 2015 National Money Show

March 3, 2015: Britain's Royal Mint unveils fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
 
The Royal Mint has today unveiled a new coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, giving the general public the first glimpse of the image that will soon be a familiar sight on United Kingdom coins.
 
This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on our circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952, making it a very rare event indeed. When it appears in our change later this year, it will become the fourth portrait currently in circulation, joining those created in 1968, 1985 and 1998; together, the coins that carry them tell the story of Her Majesty’s lifetime and paint a compelling picture of the story of her reign.
 
For more on this coin, please see Fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

February 27, 2015: Short Snorter notes dropping prior to Portland National Money Show
 
Thomas Sparks, the founder of the Short Snorter Project and a member of the American Numismatic Association, will drop eight vintage blue seal U.S. $1 silver certificate Short Snorters into circulation in Portland during the 2015 National Money Show, to be held March 5-7 at the Oregon Convention Center.
 
Sparks will drop four Short Snorter notes into circulation on Wednesday, March 4, the day before the show opens. He will drop another four into circulation on Friday, March 6.
 
For more on this Short Snorter, please see Short Snorter notes

February 27, 2015: New doubled die obverse confirmed on 1919 dime exciting collectors
 
A newly confirmed doubled die obverse for a 1919 Winged Liberty Head dime has the specialty collecting community excited.
 
The coin shows strong doubling on portions of the letters of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST, with no apparent doubling visible elsewhere on the two examples verified as of Feb. 24. The doubling on the coin is strikingly similar to that on the famed 1916 Indian Head, Doubled Die Obverse 5-cent coin, a variety that brings six-figure prices in high grade.
 
For more on this coin, please see New doubled die obverse confirmed

February 24, 2015: Polish mint goes global with groundbreaking coin shape
 
New coinage production techniques developed by the Mint of Poland make striking the world possible.
 
The Mint of Poland has unveiled new technology allowing for the creation of spherical (globe-shaped) coins. The technology was announced in a presentation Jan. 29 during the technical forum preceding the World Money Fair in Berlin
 
For more on this announement, please see Groundbreaking coin shape

February 23, 2015: ANA Board to consider site selections for future conventions
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors will hold an Open Session and Town Hall during the Portland National Money ShowSM starting at 8:30 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on Saturday, March 7, in Room F150 at the Oregon Convention Center. The Open Session and Town Hall meeting will be broadcast online at Money.org and NationalMoneyShow.com with a replay available immediately afterward on the ANA's YouTube channel.
 
The board will discuss site selection for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 World's Fair of Money conventions. Proposed host cities include Baltimore, Boston, Chicago (Rosemont), Milwaukee, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
 
For more on this meeting, please see Site selections for future conventions

February 20, 2015: 200-year-old Baltimore time capsule believed to contain coins
 
Another centuries-old time capsule has been discovered during restoration work on a notable American building, and coins could very well be inside.
 
An original cornerstone of the Washington Monument in Baltimore, placed in 1815, that, based on records of the time, is believed to contain coins, paper items and a copper plate, was discovered on Feb. 16 and opened on Feb. 18.
 
For more on this time capsule, please see Baltimore time capsule

February 19, 2015: Israel's largest-ever gold hoard discovery reported at ancient harbor
 
The largest hoard of gold coins ever discovered in Israel was found in recent weeks on the seabed in the ancient harbor in Caesarea National Park by a group of divers from a local diving club, according to a release from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
 
In all, almost 2,000 gold coins from the 11th century Fatimid period were discovered. The coins carried dinar, half dinar, and quarter dinar denominations, and had various dimensions and weight.
 
For more on this discovery, please see Gold hoard discovery

February 18, 2015: ANA School of Numismatics offers seminar at MSNS Convention
 
The American Numismatic Association School of Numismatics will offer an educational two-day course held in conjunction with the Michigan State Numismatic Society Spring Convention. Grading Mint State Coins will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 8-9, at the Macomb Community College Expo Center, South Campus, 14500 East 12 Mile Road, Warren, Michigan. The annual spring convention begins April 10.
 
"MSNS understands the important role that education plays in the hobby and we are excited to have the opportunity to partner with them on this seminar," said Susan McMillan, ANA Education Project Manager.
 
For more on this seminar, please see School of Numismatics

February 17, 2015: Free appraisals offered at Portland National Money Show
 
The public can receive a free, educational appraisal on up to three coins or other numismatic items during the final day of the 2015 National Money ShowSM, held March 5-7 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Admission to the National Money Show is free for everyone on Saturday, March 7.
 
"The goal of our Free Appraisal Area is to give the public an opportunity to learn more about the value of the coins, paper money, tokens or medals they may have picked up over the years or received in an inheritance," explained Kimberly Kiick, executive director of the non-profit American Numismatic Association, host of the National Money Show.
 
For more on this service, please see Free appraisals

February 17, 2015: Crocodiles on Roman coins most familiar as the emblem of the province of Egypt
 
Crocodiles must have been just as exotic and fearsome to the people of the ancient world as they are to us today. To the Romans, the crocodile was most familiar as the emblem of Egypt, and its appearances on Roman coins were in reference to that province.
 
The first time a crocodile appeared on a Roman coin was in about 37 B.C. by an official who had authority over the Greek island of Crete and the North African region of Cyrenaica. He issued copper pieces signed CRAS or KPAΣ, leading most scholars to identify him as M. Licinius Crassus, the eldest son of the wealthy triumvir Crassus, who in 53 B.C. infamously had led about 20,000 Roman soldiers to their death in a poorly executed campaign against the Parthians.
 
For more on this story, please see Crocodiles on Roman coins

February 13, 2015: Nancy Reagan would be the first living person on a U.S. coin since 1995
 
It's possible Nancy Reagan will see herself on a U.S. commemorative coin in 2016, which is an occurrence that has not happened in 20 years.
 
Coin World's Paul Gilkes broke the story Thursday that the U.S. Mint is in the process of designing a Presidential dollar coin commemorating President Ronald Reagan and a First Spouse gold $10 coin featuring Nancy Reagan, and that the products are expected to be issued in 2016.
 
For more on this story, please see Nancy Reagan first living person on a U.S. coin since 1995

February 13, 2015: Ronald Reagan to be recognized on Presidential dollar, Nancy Reagan on First Spouse gold $10 coin in 2016
 
A Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar coin and Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold $10 coin will be struck and issued by the U.S. Mint for 2016.
 
This outcome supersedes the less than popular previous Mint statements that the programs would end in 2016 with the production of the Gerald Ford Presidential dollar and Elizabeth "Betty" Ford First Spouse gold coin.
 
For more on this story, please see Ronald & Nancy Reagan to be recognized

February 12, 2015: Museum Showcase features incredible rarities in Portland
 
The American Numismatic Association will present a stunning Museum Showcase of numismatic treasures and rare currency worth more than $20 million at the 2015 National Money Show, held March 5-7 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
 
"The ANA Museum Showcase was created to highlight spectacular numismatic rarities at ANA conventions," said Douglas Mudd, curator of the ANA's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum. "It features museum-quality displays of objects rarely available for public view, making each showcase a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the legendary icons of numismatics and learn the stories behind them."
 
For more on this story, please see Museum Showcase features incredible rarities

February 12, 2015: Philadelphia Mint strikes silver American Eagle bullion coins for first time since series' 1986 debut
 
The production of 2015-dated silver American Eagle bullion coin includes, for the first time in the series' history, output from the Philadelphia Mint.
 
Collectors, however, will have no way of knowing which 2015-dated coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint and which at the West Point Mint, since the Philadelphia Mint strikes were mixed with West Point Mint output before final shipment to authorized purchasers for market distribution.
 
For more on this story, please see Philadelphia Mint strikes silver American Eagles

February 11, 2015: The American Numismatic Association and Former ANA Executive Director Larry Shepherd Reach Settlement
 
The American Numismatic Association (ANA) and former ANA Executive Director Larry Shepherd jointly announce that all claims arising from a lawsuit filed by Mr. Shepherd against the ANA and various individual defendants have been settled to the mutual satisfaction of all parties. Terms of the settlement will remain confidential, by agreement of the parties.
 
Mr. Shepherd served as the Executive Director of the ANA from April 2008 through September 2011. The ANA acknowledges Mr. Shepherd's leadership and accomplishments in helping improve the financial position of the ANA, resolving litigation that was pending at the time of his hire, investigating thefts from the ANA, and promoting the ANA's membership benefits and conventions.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Larry Shepherd Reaches Settlement

February 10, 2015: Years before convex/concave coins debuted, 'un ultime franc' Coin made waves
 
Convex/concave coins are being issued in increasing abundance since technology developed by the Monnaie de Paris has been adopted and adapted at mints in Australia, Poland and the United States.
 
One technology developed by the French Mint that has not been duplicated is the wavy technique used one time only, for a special release in 2001. A gold example of “un ultime franc,” the ultimate or final franc is offered in Teutoburger Münzauktion’s Feb. 26 and 27 auction in Borgholzhausen, Germany.
 
For more on this coin, please see Coin made waves

February 6, 2015: Kennedy half dollar sales begin Feb. 12 for 200-coin mixed bags and two-roll sets from U.S. Mint
 
Sales by the United States Mint begin at noon Eastern Time Feb. 12 for 200-coin mixed bags and two-roll sets of 2015 Kennedy half dollars.
 
Each $100 face value bag, offered at $139.95, contains 100 circulation-quality 2015-P Kennedy half dollars struck at the Philadelphia Mint and 100 2015-D Kennedy half dollars struck at the Denver Mint.
 
For more on these coins, please see Kennedy half dollar sales

February 5, 2015: 2015 High Relief gold $75 coin is a misfire by the Mint on many levels
 
Thanks to Coin World, I have been reading about and reviewing online the designs reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts for the new High Relief gold coin to be issued in 2015.
 
I must admit that the process used to propose and select designs and other characteristics for U.S. coins frustrates me a great deal. Why isn’t the numismatic collector more a part of this process? Clearly as the ultimate “consumer” of Mint products, we as customers should have some voice in design considerations.
 
For more on this coin design, please see $75 coin is a misfire

February 4, 2015: Educational opportunities at the Portland National Money Show
 
Two-day classes before the show: Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins (Learn how U.S. coins should be graded according to the latest ANA and market standards.) and Numismatics Valuations Seminar (Learn the basics of wholesale and retail pricing as well as concepts like conditional rarity, eye appeal and toning. Explore the differences in the various pricing guides and auction records, and when to use each to determine expected resale or insurance values.).
 
Educational opportunities during the show: Treasure Trivia, Coin Collecting 101, Coin Collecting Basics, Boy Scout and Girl Scout workshops, Educational numismatic appraisals, Kids Zone and Money Talks.
 
For more on these opportunities, please see Educational opportunities

February 3, 2015: Spanish Colonial shipwreck coins source of of metal for modern 'cob' medals
 
To mark the tercentennial of the destruction of the 1715 Spanish fleet off the coast of Florida during a violent storm, Daniel Carr and his Moonlight Mint are producing commemorative cobs with several designs in different metals and finishes.
 
Carr is also producing a number of unrelated pieces marking the 1622 treasure wreck of the Nuestra Seńora de la Atocha.
 
For more on this story, please see Spanish Colonial shipwreck coins

February 2, 2015: PNNA, WCC to host trip to former proposed U.S. Mint site
 
The Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association and the Willamette Coin Club have arranged a special all-day bus tour of the former proposed U.S. Mint site at The Dalles, Oregon, following the American Numismatic Association's Portland National Money Show, to be held at the Oregon Convention Center on March 5-7. The tour is scheduled for March 8, the day after National Money Show closes.
 
The Dalles, located in Wasco County, was proposed to become a federal mint by Congress in 1864. Wasco was chosen over Portland for its well established federal location with trusted federal officials. The proposed mint was to be an ideal spot for the Gold Rush.
 
For more on this trip, please see Trip to former proposed mint site

January 29, 2015: Tommy Thompson, man who discovered SS Central America shipwreck, arrested in Florida
 
Tommy Thompson, man who discovered SS Central America shipwreck, arrested in Florida after two years on the run, according to CBS News and other media outlets.
 
Thompson was found by the U.S. Marshals Service at a hotel in Palm Beach County along with “longtime companion" Alison Antekeier, CBS reports. The Columbus Dispatch reports the arrests were made on Tuesday.
 
For more on this story, please see Tommy Thompson arrested

January 27, 2015: New Queen Elizabeth II effigy to debut March 2
 
A new queen debuts on March 2. On coinage, that is. The Royal Mint announced Jan. 26 that the fifth definitive effigy of Queen Elizabeth II will be unveiled March 2.
 
The Mint will continue to strike all 2015 year dated coins with the current Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of the queen until the new portrait and its designer are announced March 2; the new design will be struck on coins made after that date.
 
For more on this story, please see New Queen Elizabeth II effigy

January 23, 2015: ANACS reports first example of Missing Edge Devices error for Enhanced Uncirculated 2014-D Native American dollar
 
ANACS reported Jan. 20 the discovery, grading and encapsulation of an Enhanced Uncirculated 2014-D Native American dollar missing its incuse edge lettering, date and and stars.
 
It is the first such error reported on a Native American dollar that was issued in the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency set. ANACS graded the coin Mint State 69. The coin has the Native American reverse design oriented in the holder on the side bearing the grading label.
 
For more on this story, please see Missing Edge Devices

January 22, 2015: 2015 American Eagle silver bullion coins being struck only at West Point Mint currently
 
Contrary to rumor, the U.S. Mint is not striking any 2015 American Eagle silver bullion coins at the Philadelphia Mint.
 
Adam Stump, deputy director of the U.S. Mint's Office of Corporate Communications, said Jan. 20 the 1-ounce, .999 fine silver coins are currently being produced at only the West Point Mint for sale to authorized purchasers. The U.S. Mint does not sell any bullion coins directly to the public.
 
For more on this announcement, please see 2015 American Eagle silver bullion coins

January 22, 2015: Sculptor Raymond Kaskey to attend ANA National Money Show
 
Notable sculptor and architect Raymond Kaskey will be attending the American Numismatic Association's National Money ShowSM in Portland, March 5-7. Kaskey will be visiting with the public and signing autographs each day at 11 a.m. in Hall DE, table #213 at the Oregon Convention Center.
 
Kaskey's sculpting career took off in 1983 when he opened Kaskey Studio. He then began working on his first masterpiece, "Portlandia." Located outside of the Portland Building, this sculpture has become a symbol of the city. The iconic image is featured on the ANA National Money Show logo.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Sculptor Raymond Kaskey

January 21, 2015: Curious rare coins in 1835 include American colonial and early federal copper issues
 
Recently Alan Chambers sent me a very old newspaper, the New-York Spectator, issue of Nov. 30, 1835. On the front page was an article, “Old American Coins,” which forms the subject for this week’s column. I [Q. David Bowers] have added modern pictures.
 
In that long-ago time, coin collecting was followed by perhaps a couple dozen people, most of whom specialized in medals, ancient coins, and foreign issues. There were no reference books in print in America to tell what coins had been issued in this country, by whom, or whether they were rare or common. Coins were interesting to the public, and occasional mentions of them appeared in the popular press. The following is excerpted from the Spectator article, with my comments in brackets following each:
 
For more on these coins, please see Curious rare coins in 1835

January 20, 2015: Skyphios and the prized horses of Larissa design often focus of ancient Greek coins
 
Horses were possibly the most prized animals in the ancient world. Most were valued for their use as transportation, as beasts of burden, and as cavalry steeds, yet they were also admired for their beauty, charm and their role in athletic events. Since these animals were so highly valued, it is hardly a surprise that they often are depicted on ancient coins.
 
One of the finest regions in ancient Greece for horse breeding was Thessaly, a prosperous district with many fertile pastures. Its horses were large and of great endurance, giving rise to a local tradition of equestrian skills. The Thessalian cavalry was admired throughout the Greek world.
 
For more on these coins, please see Horses of Larissa design

January 17, 2015: Tom Uram takes top exhibit prize during Florida United Numismatists Convention Jan. 8 to 11 in Orlando
 
Pennsylvania collector Tom Uram captured the Best in Show competitive exhibit award at the Florida United Numismatists Convention Jan. 8 to 11 for his display "The Kings and Queen's of England Through Maundy Money."
 
Uram's exhibit also took first place in the Foreign Coins exhibit category. Second place in the category went to James Zylstra for "Coins from the Cities of the Seven Churches of Asia" with third place going to John Phipps for "The United States/Philippine Commemorative Coins."
 
For more on this prize, please see Tom Uram takes top exhibit prize

January 16, 2015: Error allows U.S. Mint customers to order and receive Proof 2015-S U.S. Marshals Service half dollars early
 
A system error with the U.S. Mint's website allowed for the public sale and delivery of 146 Proof 2015-S U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary half dollars up to a month before their scheduled Jan. 29 release.
 
"Once the United States Mint learned of the problem, the causes were quickly identified and immediately remediated," Adam Stump, the U.S. Mint's deputy director for the Office of Corporate Communications, responded to Coin World by email Jan. 14. "The Mint is in the process of making changes to our system and our processes and procedures to ensure that this situation does not re-occur."
 
For more on this error, please see U.S. Marshals Service half dollars

January 15, 2015: American Eagle platinum coin programs target of CCAC public meeting Jan. 27 to 28
 
Review and discussion of themes for the U.S. Mint's 2017 Twentieth Anniversary American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coin Program and the 2018–2020 American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coin Program top the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee's agenda for its two-day public meeting Jan. 27 and 28 in Washington, D.C.
 
The sessions are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern Time Jan. 27 and 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Jan. 28 in Conference Rooms B & C of U.S. Mint headquarters, 801 Ninth St. NW.
 
For more on these meetings, please see CCAC public meetings

January 13, 2015: Big Ben silver £100-for-£100 coin sells out from Royal Mint
 
Two weeks after it went on sale, the Royal Mint has sold out of Britain’s first ever £100-for-£100 commemorative coin.
 
The Royal Mint confirmed Jan. 12 that the coin, which features an image of London’s landmark clock tower housing Parliament’s mighty Big Ben bell, is sold out. The announcement came one week after the Royal Mint imposed ordering limits of 10 coins per household and pushed delivery back to mid-February at the earliest. Those moves were just one week after the Dec. 29 launch of the coin.
 
For more on this coin, please see Big Ben silver coin

January 9, 2015: Tom Mulvaney sworn in as newest member of Board of Governors
 
Tom Mulvaney, a longtime coin photographer, rare coin buyer, auctioneer and consultant, was sworn in as the newest member of the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors on Jan. 9, 2015, at the Florida United Numismatic Convention in Orlando, Florida.
 
Mulvaney's appointment came after board member Mike Ellis tendered his resignation earlier in the day.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Tom Mulvaney newest member of ANA Board of Governors

January 9, 2015: Breaking News: United States Mint gets new number 1 deputy director
 
Rhett Jeppson, acting chief operating officer for the Small Business Administration, will become the top deputy director of the United States Mint beginning Jan. 12.
 
Dick Peterson, who has held the top leadership position as deputy director of the United States Mint, will stay on at Mint headquarters as deputy director in the number 2 position, Tom Jurkowsky, director of the Mint's Office of Corporate Communications, confirmed Jan. 8.
 
For more on this announcement, please see United States Mint gets new deputy director

January 8, 2015: American Eagle gold bullion sales in 2014 were the lowest in 7 years
 
Calendar year 2014 was a rough one for gold.
 
The U.S. Mint sold 524,500 ounces of American Eagle gold bullion coins in 2014, the lowest year-end total since 2007, when 198,500 were sold.
 
For more on this story, please see American Eagle gold bullion sales

January 7, 2015: Boston time capsule opened, Pine Tree shilling and other coins found inside
 
The 18th century time capsule found in Boston was opened last night and its contents revealed. Among the items is a Pine Tree shilling, a silver coin struck in the mid-17th century under authority of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
 
News accounts about the opening of the capsule, including at CNN, revealed a silver plate possibly attributed to Paul Revere, the renowned silversmith; newspapers; and a number of coins. The coins included early U.S. coinage: a half cent, large cent, half dime, dime and quarter dollar. A medal depicting George Washington was also found.
 
For more on this story, please see Boston time capsule opened

January 6, 2015: Market for Cuban numismatic items would grow 'exponentially' with U.S. policy change
 
Cuban Numismatic Association President Emilio Ortiz says the implications of President Barack Obama’s plan to rethink U.S.-Cuba relations are not yet clear, but if and when importing Cuban coins to the United States becomes legal, it would be a boon to that corner of the numismatic marketplace.
 
“The hobby of Cuban collectors and Cuban material will grow exponentially because simply there’s a wider base of collectors and more availability and product,” Ortiz said. “It would be an easier flow of commerce.”
 
For more on this story, please see Market for Cuban numismatic items

January 5, 2015: Applications now available for ANA College Scholarships
 
Applications for a new college scholarship provided by the American Numismatic Association are now available at Money.org. The scholarship fund was established in 2014 to provide a graduating high school senior who is also a member of the ANA with $1,000 to use at the university, community college or trade school of the student's choice. The winner will be chosen based on numismatic merit and financial need.
 
The deadline to submit the application is March 15.
 
For more on this story, please see ANA College Scholarships

January 5, 2015: New Zealand bank officials explain design selection process in recent bank publication
 
A Reserve Bank of New Zealand publication about the note design process is free to download from the bank’s Brighter Money website.
 
The publication takes collectors through the design process for the nation’s upgraded (though as yet unreleased) series of notes, including “the often intricate challenges of ensuring that the banknotes meet a variety of aesthetic, cultural and functional requirements.”
 
For more on this selection process, please see New Zealand bank

January 2, 2015: Specimen 70 Enhanced Uncirculated 2014-D Native American dollars sell for $750 each
 
Three of nine Specimen 70 Enhanced Uncirculated 2014-D Native American dollars graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. from American $1 Coin and Currency Sets have been sold for $750 each.
 
The three sets were sold privately by American Rare Coin Galleries in Tampa, Fla., to American Auction Network in St. Petersburg, after being originally offered on eBay for $995 but going unsold.
 
For more on these coins, please see 2014-D Native American dollars

January 1, 2015: U.S. Mint making Proof 2015-W silver American Eagles available for more customers during FUN Show
 
The United States Mint reached out to bulk dealers of its numismatic products to ensure that enough of the Proof silver 2015-W American Eagle would remain on hand for a broad range of Mint customers throughout the Florida United Numismatists Convention Jan. 8 to 11 in Orlando.
 
The Proof silver 2015-W American Eagle will be the only 2015-dated numismatic product available for sale at the U.S. Mint's booth at the FUN show, Mint officials announced Dec. 29.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Proof 2015-W silver American Eagles

December 31, 2014: Coins from U.S. Mint branch in Carson City, Nev., rich in history and in demand
 
The first coins at the Carson City Mint, Seated Liberty dollars, were struck Feb. 10, 1870. No coinage occurred there from 1886 to 1888. Operations ceased in 1893. Why?
 
The mines and mills of the Comstock Lode 15 miles from Carson City provided the metal for coinage. How convenient! Why, then, was most of this precious metal shipped to the San Francisco Mint 240 miles away? The Annual Report of the Director of the Mint, 1887, summarized the problem:
 
For more on this mint, please see Carson City

December 30, 2014: Silver tetradrachm from Akragas, Sicily, may fetch $125,000 in sale
 
Though the tetradrachms of Akragas in Sicily in ancient Greece don’t have the cachet and price of the larger, heavier decadrachms from Akragas, that doesn’t mean they lack for interest.
 
An example of the circa 408 to 406 B.C. silver tetradrachm highlights the Gemini Numismatic Auctions Jan. 11 auction at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The auction is in conjunction with and the final event of the 2015 New York International Numismatic Convention. Gemini Numismatic Auctions is presented by Harlan J. Berk Ltd.
 
For more on this auction, please see Silver tetradrachm from Akragas

December 26, 2014: When are they going to open the Boston time capsule and see what's inside?
 
A date has been set for the opening of the Massachusetts State House time capsule that was originally placed by some very famous Americans and is believed to contain a number of 17th, 18th and 19th century U.S. coins.
 
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, have announced in a joint statement distributed Tuesday morning that the 10-pound container will be opened for the first time since 1855 during a 6 p.m. press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
 
For more on this time capsule, please see Boston time capsule

December 26, 2014: U.S. Trade dollar series remains one of the most heavily counterfeited among U.S. coins
 
The U.S. Trade dollar series remains one of the most heavily counterfeited among U.S. coins.
 
When large numbers of fake Trade dollars first showed up many years ago, examples with the Carson City Mint mark were the most prevalent, and this trend remains unchanged. Judging by what I have encountered in the ANACS grading room during the past year, two or three counterfeit Carson City Mint Trade dollars exist for every genuine example.
 
For more on these counterfeits, please see U.S. Trade dollar series

December 25, 2014: Collector Basics: United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox stores bulk of nation's gold reserves
 
Located approximately 30 miles southwest of Louisville, Ky., the United States Bullion Depository, often simply referred to as just Fort Knox, stores the majority of the monetary gold stocks of the United States in its vaults.
 
The facility is heavily fortified, with the nearby Army post providing additional security beyond that of the Treasury Department.
 
For more on this depository, please see Fort Knox

December 24, 2014: Carson City Mint coins unwanted when first struck but now they are wildly popular
 
Carson City Mint coins today are wildly popular, including Morgan dollars, first struck in 1878. Coins of this design were first struck at the Philadelphia Mint on March 11.
 
The Carson City Mint had made preparations. By March 20, it had 600,000 planchets ready for stamping the coin there. However, the Philadelphia Mint was in the midst of making changes to the design, and coinage dies were not shipped to the Carson City facility by the expected time. Finally, on April 16, a shipment of 10 die pairs and six collars arrived. The Carson City Mint was now ready for coinage, which occurred shortly afterward.
 
For more on these coins, please see Carson City Mint coins

December 23, 2014: Roman walled fortifications are a common design theme on ancient Roman coins
 
Fortifications have been a fact of life since the majority of humans transitioned from a nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a settled existence in which food was raised and harvested rather than gathered in transit. This great leap caused the foundation of permanent settlements, which then had to be protected, often with perimeter walls.
 
With the passage of time, defensive walls became increasingly larger and stronger to counter the increasing sophistication of siege weaponry. The use of fortified walls peaked in the 12th century A.D., with their effectiveness soon being reduced by the destructive power of gunpowder cannons.
 
For more on these coins, please see Common theme on Roman coins

December 22, 2014: No shortage of supply in the paper money market especially with FUN auction ahead
 
There is no shortage of supply in the paper money market. And another massive Heritage Currency auction will be held Jan. 7 to 12, 2015, at the Florida United Numismatists show in Orlando.
 
Of note is world paper money, which has its own separate catalog of 1,000-plus lots. This is a reflection of both increased collector interest in world notes and the realization that with the United States paper money market relatively strong, attractive buying opportunities exist in an otherwise overlooked field.
 
For more on this show, please see No shortage of paper money

December 19, 2014: Sold out: 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency set, with 50,000 sets reported sold
 
The United States Mint has sold out the 50,000-set edition of the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency sets, according to sales figures released Dec. 16.
 
The coin contains an Enhanced Uncirculated 2014-D Native American dollar, a coin that is available only in the set.
 
For more on this announcement, please see 2014 American $1 Coin & Currency set

December 19, 2014: Paper money dealer George H. LaBarre Galleries touts Cuban inventory in midst of embargo discussion
 
The trending topic of President Barack Obama's plan to reopen diplomatic and possibly economic relations with Cuba has, not surprisngly, become an opening for some Cuban numismatic promotion.
 
George H. LaBarre Galleries in Hollis, N.H., sent out a release Thursday featuring links to pictures of and information about dozens of Cuban paper money items.
 
For more on this story, please see Cuban paper money

December 18, 2014: 12 Days of Christmas: Giving gold, frankincense and myrrh, the original Christmas gifts
 
Collectors looking for a Christmas gift with a touch of authenticity need look no further than the original Christmas gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
 
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh were the three gifts the Wise Men (also called The Three Kings or Magi) brought from the east to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus, as reported in Matthew 2:11.
 
For more on this original Christmas gift, please see original Christmas gift

December 17, 2014: No great call for coins once Carson City Mint was finally able to produce them
 
Last week I [Q. David Bowers] told of the rich Comstock Lode in Nevada and Virginia City built on the site. In the early 1860s, its mines yielded a bonanza of silver and gold metal processed by several mills, the largest of which was Gould & Curry. At the time, two Mints operated in the United States: in Philadelphia and in San Francisco.
 
The builders of Nevada were proud of their industry and the towns that had arisen to service it. Times were prosperous. If a Mint could be established there, gold and silver coins could be produced with ease and efficiency. This made a great deal of sense, and the Act of March 3, 1863, authorized it.
 
For more on this story, please see Carson City mint

December 16, 2014: Royal Mint celebrates Royal Navy on 2015 circulating £2 coin
 
A century ago, the Royal Navy’s service to Great Britain extended to World War I.
 
From the outset, the Navy ferried troops to France, where they would offload and begin a land campaign. Sailors would go on to do battle at sea, overcoming the threat of the German fleet and their feared U-boats, and maintaining a blockade that would cripple the German war effort. Naval troops would fight on land, in the trenches and in the air.
 
For more on this coin, please see Royal Navy coin

December 15, 2014: Satirical $1,000 'note' pokes fun at a former soldier turned politician from the late 1800s
 
The “$1,000 note” satirizing a Massachusetts politician from the late 1800s sold in a Nov. 26 Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs auction conducted by Heritage Auctions.
 
The 3.5-inch by 7.75-inch piece known as “The Peoples Money” was printed with green ink. It mocked one of Benjamin F. Butler’s many bids to become governor of Massachusetts.
 
For more on this note, please see Satirical $1,000 'note'

December 12, 2014: The man who spent $4.76 million on gold Nobel Prize medal has returned it to its owner
 
A Russian billionaire who has revealed himself as the person who spent $4.76 million during a Christie’s auction on Dec. 4 to purchase the gold Nobel Prize medal won by DNA researcher James Watson in 1962 has given the medal back to the scientist, according to Time.
 
Alisher Usmanov gave the medal back to Watson, Time reports, because he believes a scientist selling an item that recognizes his achievements is “unacceptable.”
 
For more on this announcement, please see Nobel Prize medal returned

December 12, 2014: For 2014 Kennedy half dollar, value difference between Specimen 68 and Specimen 69 huge: Market Analysis
 
This past spring saw the introduction of the 2014-W Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative copper-nickel clad half dollars, silver dollars and gold $5 half eagles. While hundreds of thousands of the half dollars remain available from the U.S. Mint, the other two denominations registered a quick sellout. Also still available is the coin of the summer, the 2014-W Kennedy gold half dollar. However, as recent auctions show, collectors looking to add one of these handsome gold half dollars to their collections may do well to look at the secondary market.
 
This week’s Market Analysis posts look at three examples of 2014’s big releases that recently sold. The Coin: 50th Anniversary 2014-P Kennedy half dollar, Specimen 68. The Price: $79. The Story: As Paul Gilkes described in an article in the Dec. 8 issue of Coin World, the 2014-P and 2014-D Kennedy halves in the two-coin 50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin set are not receiving the super-high grades that many had hoped for.
 
For more on this report, please see 2014 Kennedy half dollar

December 11, 2014: New American Eagle silver bullion sales record reported by U.S. Mint
 
It has been topped. That silver bullion sales record the U.S. Mint was close to hitting at the end of November?
 
The Mint has sold 43,051,000 ounces worth of American Eagle .999 fine silver bullion coins as of Dec. 10, according to its website. That tops the previous single-year sales record of 42,675,000 ounces, a mark set in 2013.
 
For more on this report, please see American Eagle silver bullion sales record

December 10, 2014: Numismatists at ICG identify previously unknown 1803 Draped Bust dollar obverse
 
Numismatists at Independent Coin Graders in Tampa, Fla., have identified a previously unknown obverse die for 1803 Draped Bust, Large 3 silver dollars.
 
It is believed to be the first new early dollar variety attributed in more than two decades.
 
For more on this coin, please see Previously unknown 1803 Draped Bust dollar

December 9, 2014: 2015 £5 coin from United Kingdom marks Battle of Waterloo anniversary
 
In 1815, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by allied forces led by Britain’s Duke of Wellington and Gen. Gebhart Blücher from Prussia.
 
The Royal Mint marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a 2015 £5 coin.
 
For more on this coin, please see Battle of Waterloo anniversary coin

December 9, 2014: ANA to run Treasure Trivia at 60th annual FUN Show
 
Young collectors attending the 60th annual Florida United Numismatists Convention in Orlando, Florida, will have the opportunity to win coins and other prizes by participating in the American Numismatic Association's educational Treasure Trivia game.
 
"As a FUN member since 2005, as well as a former Florida resident and public school teacher, I am thrilled to be bringing Treasure Trivia to the FUN Show," said Sam Gelberd, ANA numismatic instructor. "This show is heavily attended by collectors of all ages, and Treasure Trivia will truly help both the ANA and FUN to reinforce one of our greatest, collective missions – numismatic education, primarily geared toward a younger audience."
 
For more on this Treasure Trivia, please see Treasure Trivia

December 6, 2014: Treasures abound in the story of a very innovative female counterfeiter in the 1700s
 
After 35 years of serious searching, I still regularly encounter new (at least to me) books packed with remarkably interesting information.
 
Did you know that one of Colonial America’s most notorious counterfeiters was a woman? I didn’t until August 2014, when I snared an obscure volume at a benefit auction for the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.
 
For more on this book, please see A very innovative female counterfeiter

December 5, 2014: $4.76 million the hammer price for DNA researcher’s Nobel Prize medal sold in Christie’s auction
 
The Nobel Prize medal awarded to DNA researcher Dr. James D. Watson in 1962 sold for $4,757,000 Thursday in a Christie’s auction in New York.
 
The winning bid came from an anonymous telephone bidder, according to NBC News.
 
For more on this medal, please see Nobel Prize medal sold

December 4, 2014: Federal judge sentences Liberty Dollar creator Dec. 2 to probation for 2011 conviction
 
A federal judge in North Carolina Dec. 2 sentenced Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the Liberty Dollar private voluntary barter currency, to three years probation for his 2011 conviction on charges the Liberty Dollar violates federal counterfeiting statutes.
 
U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Voorhees in Statesville sentenced von NotHaus, who is 70 years old, to three years probation on each of the three counts for which a jury found him guilty on March 19, 2011. The sentences are to run concurrently. Von NotHaus was also sentenced to six months house arrest.
 
For more on this sentence, please see Federal judge sentences Liberty Dollar creator

December 3, 2014: ANA President to host open forum during FUN Show
 
American Numismatic Association President Walter Ostromecki Jr. will host a question-and-answer forum during the 60th annual Florida United Numismatists Convention on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. in room 224C at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
 
During the open forum, Ostromecki will present an update on the ANA and what the membership can look forward to in 2015. Topics that will be discussed include membership input and suggestions, conventions and educational outreach improvements, money.org content, fundraising and sponsorship avenues and the Board of Governors election process.
 
For more on this forum, please see ANA President to host open forum

December 3, 2014: Collectors love finding coins bearing the 'CC' Mint mark from the Carson City Mint
 
Today, coins of the Carson City Mint are, as a class, more appreciated than are issues from any other of the Mints in operation in the past two centuries. There is even a club, Carson City Coin Collectors of America.
 
Politics became important in the operation of the Carson City Mint, and logic was often discarded.
 
For more on this story, please see Carson City Mint coins

December 3, 2014: Submit your award and Hall of Fame nominations by Jan. 15
 
Here are two opportunities to make sure that special someone receives the recognition they deserve. Be sure to hurry — the deadline for nominations is noon on Jan. 15. The ANA is seeking nominations of worthy candidates for inclusion in the Numismatic Hall of Fame, maintained by the ANA at its Colorado Springs headquarters.
 
Nominees need not be present or past ANA members. Nominations for the 2015 "Modern Era" HOF induction must be submitted on official forms and include no less than 300 words of background or biographical information. ANA members 18 years of age or older can submit up to two nominations.
 
For more on this award, please see Hall of Fame nominations & award

December 2, 2014: Government, Langbord family present oral arguments as Philadelphia Court of Appeals hears 1933 $20 case
 
A three-judge panel at Philadelphia’s Federal Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Nov. 19 from the government and the Langbord family. It was the latest installment in the decade-long saga of determining who owns the 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagles that were allegedly found by the Langbord family in a safe deposit box.
 
The family is appealing a July 20, 2011, jury decision at a federal trial court that returned a verdict in favor of the government on its forfeiture claim for the coins.
 
For more on this trial, please see Langbord family present oral arguments

December 2, 2014: Support the ANA through the Combined Federal Campaign
 
Federal employees and military personnel can now support the American Numismatic Association through the federal government's Combined Federal Campaign.
 
The CFC is designed to streamline the charitable giving process for federal employees. The CFC serves almost 200 different organizations each year, raising millions of dollars for non-profit organizations in the process.
 
For more on CFC, please see Combined Federal Campaign

December 1, 2014: New Zealand to start releasing first of the redesigned notes beginning October 2015
 
Redesigned bank notes including more color to help combat counterfeiting will begin to be released into circulation in New Zealand in October 2015, according to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
 
The target date for release of the $5 and $10 notes is October 2015 with the remainder of the denominations to be released in April 2016.
 
For more on this note, please see New Zealand redesigned notes

November 29, 2014: Planchet flaw creates ‘holed’ 1917-S Standing Liberty quarter dollar
 
You would think that after specializing in any given series of U.S. coins for 40-some years, a person would have seen or heard just about everything!
 
I [J.H. Cline] have specialized in Standing Liberty quarters since my first book came out in 1976, and I have updated and revised that book three times, with the Standing Liberty Quarters fourth edition (the current edition) published and copyrighted in 2007.
 
For more on this coin, please see ‘Holed’ 1917-S Standing Liberty quarter dollar

November 28, 2014: Kevin Flynn's new book on Seated Liberty half dime series aims to be comprehensive
 
Flynn says of the 275-page book, “Its primary purpose was to create a complete and comprehensive reference for the Liberty Seated Half Dimes series including all die varieties, history, hub changes, archive letters, historical documents, and hot topics.”
 
The Seated Liberty half dime series was struck between 1837 and 1873. Flynn says that the series is accessible for collectors in that the majority of issues are affordable in lower grades.
 
For more on this book, please see New book on Seated Liberty half dime series

November 28, 2014: United States Mint issues 2014 Holiday Gift Guide of numismatic products
 
The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide was released Nov. 24 by the United States Mint. The catalog offers numismatic products in different price ranges and categories, such as Stocking Stuffers, Limited Edition, Gifts Under $100, Gifts Under $25 and E-Gifts.
 
Stocking Stuffers include the 2014 Birth Set, National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set and Theodore Roosevelt 2013 Presidential Discovery Set.
 
For more on this guide, please see 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

November 27, 2014: Precious metals coins offer opportunities for gift-giving during holidays
 
The Three Wise Men honored the child Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
 
If so inclined, this Wise Man would look at gold, silver and platinum coin options combined for his closest numismatic friend for less than $600.
 
For more on these opportunities, please see Precious metals coins offer opportunities

November 26, 2014: The ANA School of Numismatics presents educational opportunities before the FUN show
 
FUNDAMENTALS of GRADING U.S. COINS: Learn how U.S. coins should be graded according to the latest ANA and market standards in this seminar taught by Rod Gillis, ANA Numismatic Educator; Mike Ellis, ANA Governor and Variety Specialist, Mike Ellis Rare Coins; and Bill Fivaz, co-author of The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Coin Varieties.
 
INTRODUCTION TO COUNTERFEIT DETECTION of UNITED STATES COINS: In two days of intensive hands-on study, you will learn and understand how to detect counterfeit and altered coins commonly seen in the marketplace today. All types and denominations of U.S. coins will be discussed with genuine and counterfeit specimens present for hands-on examination in this seminar taught by Brian Silliman, professional numismatist; former grader/authenticator, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC); and former authenticator, ANA Authentication Bureau (ANAAB).
 
For more on these courses, please see ANA School of Numismatics

November 25, 2014: Fifth volume of Roman coins book by Sear available for pre-order
 
The fifth volume from David R. Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values series is now available for pre-order with delivery expected beginning in early December.
 
Roman Coins and their Values, Volume V; The Christian Empire: The Later Constantinian Dynasty and the Houses of Valentinian and Theodosius and their Successors, Constantine II to Zeno, AD 337– 491, continues the popular research and valuing series by Sear, a noted expert.
 
For more on this book, please see Roman coins book

November 24, 2014: Have a say in the future of the ANA
 
Nominations are currently being sought for the 2015 American Numismatic Association Board of Governors election. ANA bylaws require nominees to secure the physical signatures of 25 ANA members, 25 ANA-member clubs in good standing or a combination of the two in order to be placed on the ballot.
 
Members of the Board of Governors are elected for two-year terms. The ANA's Congressional Charter rests control of the association with the board members.
 
For more on this election, please see ANA elections

November 24, 2014: Paper money collectors to again meet in Memphis for annual gathering in 2015
 
Paper money collectors will be heading to Memphis, Tenn., for the 2015 International Paper Money Show, June 18 to 21 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.
 
Once again, the show will offer collectors a nearly-200-table bourse as well as a full two-day speaker series and dozens of exhibits.
 
For more on this show, please see 2015 Memphis show

November 22, 2014: Green ink on U.S. paper money safer, serves purpose functioning as security device
 
Friends and relatives who know that I [Michele Orzano] write about paper money for Coin World often ask me questions about the notes they find in their wallets.
 
One question I’ve often heard goes like this: “Why is the back of U.S. paper money printed with green ink? Can’t the government find another color to use?” That’s the origin of this Readers Ask column.
 
For more on this article, please see Green ink

November 21, 2014: Heritage Auction set for Dec. 4 and 5 in conjunction with the Houston Money Show demand
 
A New England shilling, Proof 1853 Seated Liberty, With Arrows dime and a Satin Finish Proof 1908 Saint-Gaudens, With Motto gold $20 double eagle are among the highlights offered in Heritage Auctions' Dec. 4, 5 and 7 sale.
 
The four auction sessions Dec. 4 and 5, comprising 2,009 lots of United States coins, will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston in conjunction with The Houston Money Show.
 
For more on this auction, please see Heritage Auction

November 20, 2014: United States Mint resumes silver American Eagle sales Nov. 17 to satisfy voracious investor demand
 
Sales by the United States Mint to its authorized purchasers (APs) of 2014 American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion dollar coins resumed Nov. 17, 12 days after being suspended because of a depleted inventory.
 
Sales resumed after the U.S. Mint was able to replenish its stockpile of coins. The U.S. Mint had 1,525,000 of the 2014 American Eagles silver dollars available Nov. 17 for APs to purchase on an allocation basis, and those purchasers bought 1,012,000 coins from the total allotted.
 
For more on this announcement, please see American Eagle sales

November 19, 2014: Matthew A. Stickney 1794 Flowing Hair dollar brings $470,000 in Newman Part V sale
 
The Matthew A. Stickney specimen of 1794 Flowing Hair dollar realized $470,000 in Heritage Auctions' Part V Sale Nov. 14 and 15 of Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection.
 
The 965-lot sale, in which all lots were recorded sold, brought total prices realized of $10,409,054, which includes the 17.5 percent buyer's premium added to the final hammer price of each lot won. The five Newman auctions to date to benefit the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society have generated combined prices realized of more than $55 million.
 
For more on this auction, please see 1794 Flowing Hair dollar brings $470,000

November 18, 2014: Not all ‘ancient’ coins are ancient
 
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to coins, it’s usually a bad thing.
 
However, there is a growing market for some reproductions and forgeries, as substitutes for the more expensive real thing.
 
For more on these copies, please see ‘Ancient’ coins

November 17, 2014: Exhilaration of finding flying machines on paper money leads to collecting adventures
 
Flying through the skies, climbing above the clouds to where the sun is always shining, has been a dream for many people through the centuries.
 
Those dreams show up in fairy tales that tell of people flying on rugs or trunks, and even of people themselves soaring through the air without benefit of wings or something to ride.
 
For more on this topic, please see Flying machines on paper money

November 15, 2014: The shekel: A modern-day coin with 5,000 years of history
 
Few words have such long and complex histories, and have held such widespread influence, as those relating to money. Take the word “dollar,” for instance, or “franc,” “rupee” or “drachma”; all are terms that will be familiar to most people, even if they have never actually used them as currency.
 
A new book written by curators at London’s British Museum takes an alternative approach to monetary history. It uses currency terms such as these as its starting point, discussing historical events through the prism of 10 well-known coin names. Some are no longer in everyday use, but they survive as linguistic terms, preserved in vocabulary and literature. They are legacies of trade and migration, and are sometimes revived in new and unexpected ways. This article narrows the focus to just three terms the book discusses, “shekel,”“florin” and “yen,”and shows how they have developed and changed in meaning over the years.
 
For more on this coin, please see The shekel

November 14, 2014: Collector finds 1969-S DDO Lincoln cent after searching through 12,000 cents in rolls
 
A 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent that Kentucky collector Terry Muth found Sept. 22 while searching through rolls of circulated cents sold Nov. 2 at auction for $19,800.
 
The price realized on the GreatCollections.com auction site includes a 10 percent buyer’s fee added to the final closing price.
 
For more on this find, please see 1969-S DDO Lincoln cent

November 14, 2014: 1878-S silver dollar, VAM-113, shows two-sided, in-house repair at San Francisco Mint
 
The rush to new standard dollar production in 1878 forced the various Mint facilities to take a number of unusual shortcuts with George Morgan’s design. It accounts for the extraordinary variation found in this year’s pieces.
 
While changes like hub designs are well documented, some of the expedient methods employed on individual dies have only recently been discovered.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1878-S silver dollar, VAM-113

November 14, 2014: Shop online through AmazonSmile
 
Through the AmazonSmile program, you can designate the American Numismatic Association to receive (as a donation) 0.5% of the price of all Amazon purchases you make. Your purchase price remains the same, and there's no need to remember any codes — just follow the instructions at smile.amazon.com to sign up.
 
Once you've named the ANA as your non-profit of choice, shop Amazon via smile.amazon.com to make your purchases. If you're on the webpage for an Amazon product, you can replace www.amazon.com with smile.amazon.com in the URL to switch over to AmazonSmile.
 
For more on this offer, please see Shop online and donate to the ANA

November 13, 2014: Liberty Dollar creator sentencing scheduled in federal court in North Carolina on Dec. 2
 
Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the Liberty Dollar private voluntary barter currency, faces sentencing Dec. 2 in federal court in Statesville, N.C., three and a half years after being convicted on charges the Liberty Dollar violates federal counterfeiting statutes.
 
Von NotHaus faces more than than 20 years in prison when he appears for sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Voorhees. On Nov. 10, Judge Voorhees rejected von NotHaus's appeal to have the conviction set aside.
 
For more on this trial, please see Liberty Dollar creator sentencing scheduled

November 13, 2014: Save money on shipping insurance with this ANA benefit
 
American Numismatic Association and North American Collectibles Association members can save substantially on shipping insurance through the popular online program, Shipandinsure.com.
 
After joining the NACA for an introductory six-month trial offer of $45, members can take advantage of the discounts on ShipandInsure.com.
 
For more about this insurance, please see Save money on shipping insurance

November 11, 2014: Spain’s 1868 Glorious Revolution results in low-mintage 5-peseta coin
 
When the “Glorious Revolution” swept aside Queen Isabella II of Spain in September 1868, a period of instability began as the leaders of the revolution groped for direction.
 
It also led to the production of new coins, including a rare coin being offered in Editions V. Gadoury’s Dec. 6 auction in Monaco.
 
For more about this coin, please see Spain’s 1868 Glorious Revolution

November 10, 2014: Police find fake Thai paper money in car near Thai-Burma border, arrest three men
 
Police in Thailand arrest three men in connection with counterfeit bank notes
 
Forged 500- and 1,000-baht notes of Thailand valued at 194,000 baht (nearly $6,000 U.S.) were found in a car during a police checkpoint Nov. 3 in the Mae Jan district in northern Thailand near the Myanmar (Burma) border, according to an article published Nov. 4, 2014, on the Chiang Mai City News website.
 
For more on this story, please see Fake Thai paper money

November 7, 2014: Seventh 76-mm silver Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace medal a yard sale discovery
 
A silver Benjamin Harrison Indian peace medal that will be offered in Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York Americana Showcase and Rarities Night Auction Feb. 5 and 6, 2015, was recently discovered by the owner in an unusual venue.
 
According to John Pack, Stack’s Bowers’ executive director of consignments, the medal was acquired by the consignor’s family several years ago at a yard sale.
 
For more about this medal, please see Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace medal

November 7, 2014: Specialists identify counterfeit 1900-O/CC Morgan dollar with links to Micro O fakes
 
Morgan dollar die variety specialists are reportedly excited over a recently discovered counterfeit 1900-O/CC Morgan dollar. The coin has die links to the fake Micro O Morgan dollars that specialists identified more than a decade ago and that remain popular with collectors despite their illegal origin.
 
According to an Oct. 25 report by the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors, the newly identified counterfeit coin pairs a known counterfeit obverse die used in making two counterfeit 1900 Micro O Morgan dollars with a fake reverse that bears an O/CC over Mint mark.
 
For more about this counterfeit, please see Counterfeit 1900-O/CC Morgan dollar

November 6, 2014: ANA Road Show to exhibit rarities at MSNS Fall Convention
 
The American Numismatic Association Road Show will exhibit the Michigan Bank Notes from the ANA Bebee Collection, the 1804 Dollar and the 1913 Liberty Head Nickel at the Michigan State Numismatic Society 2014 Fall Convention, to be held on November 28-30 at the Macomb Community College Expo Center in Warren, Michigan.
 
The ANA Road Show gives collectors around the country an opportunity to see some of the most impressive items from the ANA's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.
 
For more about this announement, please see ANA Road Show exhibit

November 6, 2014: Inventory of silver 1-ounce American Eagle bullion coins at United States Mint depleted
 
U.S. Mint officials confirmed Nov. 5 the Mint's inventory of 2014 American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion coins has been depleted.
 
Mint spokesman Michael White said plans were being developed to replenish the inventory to meet the insatiable investment demand for the bullion coins. A similar situation occurred a few weeks ago, pushing the Mint to increase production to restock the bullion cupboards.
 
For more about this shortage, please see American Eagle bullion coin shortage

November 5, 2014: Collector seeks information about medal for 1909 Fair in London he found at flea market
 
I purchased this medallion from a dealer at the Kentucky Flea Market in Louisville on Labor Day weekend. I have been unable to find this medallion on any website.
 
The medallion on the obverse states “Imperial International Exhibition London,” and on the reverse it states “Shepherd BVSH 1909.”
 
For more about this medal, please see Collector seeks information

November 4, 2014: Aetna Master silver drachm of Naxos stars in Tradart auction Nov. 20 in Brussels
 
A classic ancient Greek coin from one of the grand masters of ancient coin design highlights Tradart’s Nov. 20 auction in Brussels.
 
The circa 461 to 430 B.C. silver drachm of the city of Naxos, designed by the person known as the Aetna Master (who was also nicknamed the Brussels Master), highlights the sale. The Aetna Master is known for his particular style and most famously created a unique tetradrachm that is in the collection of the Royal Library of Belgium.
 
For more about this coin, please see Silver drachm of Naxos

November 3, 2014: Board of Governors approves $5.7 million budget for for FY2014-15
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors passed a $5.7 million budget during an open session teleconference meeting Thursday, Oct. 30. The board passed the budget unanimously.
 
Executive Director Kimberly Kiick said, "This budget, which includes the use of a portion of the ANA's investment growth, will help staff accomplish the ANA's goal for 2015 – fresh approaches for advertising, marketing and membership."
 
For more about this budget, please see $5.7 million budget

November 3, 2014: Civil War $200 town scrip note endorsed by soldier verifies he survived tour of duty
 
A $200 town war scrip note, issued by Clarkson, N.Y., Oct. 3, 1864, sold for $129.25 in an Oct. 21 online auction by Heritage Auctions.
 
The scrip note was graded Very Fine by the auction firm and described as having a bit of “paper aging around the margins.”
 
For more about this note, please see Civil War $200 town scrip note

October 31, 2014: Serial number 1 $50 obsolete note from the Monticello Bank depicts Jefferson’s home
 
An 1860 $50 obsolete note issued by the Monticello Bank (Charlottesville, Va.) will be offered Oct. 30 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries during its Winter 2014 Baltimore Auction in conjunction with the Whitman Baltimore Expo.
 
The uniface serial number 1 note features a vignette of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, located outside of Charlottesville, that covers approximately half of the note.
 
For more about this note, please see Serial number 1 $50 obsolete note

October 31, 2014: U.S. Mint, March of Dimes Foundation unveil 2015 March of Dimes silver dollar designs
 
Designs approved for the 2015 March of Dimes 75th Anniversary commemorative silver dollar were unveiled Oct. 30 by the United States Mint and the March of Dimes Foundation.
 
The unveiling coincides with the foundation’s observance of Prematurity Awareness Month. Deputy Treasury Secretary Susan Bloom Raskin officially approved the obverse and reverse designs July 21, according to U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White.
 
For more about this coin, please see March of Dimes 75th Anniversary

October 30, 2014: United States, India leading worldwide silver investment over past two months
 
Physical investment in silver over the past two months has increased worldwide, primarily bolstered by demand from the two largest markets, the United States and India, according to Valcambi Suisse.
 
The demand for American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion coins in September reached 4.14 million coins, with 4,365,000 recorded in October through noon Oct. 29 with additional sales expected.
 
For more about this story, please see Worldwide silver investment

October 29, 2014: Board of Governors to vote on budget for FY2014-15
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors will hold a special meeting via teleconference on Thursday, Oct. 30, at approximately 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time to hear discussion and vote on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15. The board will also hold an executive session just prior to the open session that starts at 4 p.m.
 
ANA members and media who wish to participate in the call should email a request to pr@money.org to receive the call-in information. There will be a five-minute recess between the executive session and the open session, and those media members and ANA members who wish to participate in the open session teleconference will receive the call-in info via email during the recess.
 
For more about this budget meeting, please see Board of Governors to budget meeting

October 28, 2014: 19th century Cambodian King Norodom I subject of commemorative coin-relief medal
 
When the seemingly familiar proves unfamiliar, numismatists’ interest is aroused. World coin collectors have long known of the 1860-dated silver and bronze coins bearing the portrait and name of Norodom I, King of Cambodia.
 
Inscribed in French and Khmer, the coins were part of the king’s struggle to preserve his country’s independence against acquisitive neighbors Siam (today’s Thailand) and Vietnam (called Annam by French colonizers).
 
For more about this medal, please see Cambodian King Norodom I medal

October 27, 2014: A Series 1957A $1 silver certificate flown in outer space will be offered in Nov. 12 sale
 
A Series 1957A $1 silver certificate flown on the first U.S. manned orbital flight — the Mercury-Atlas 6 Mission aboard Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962 — will be offered during the Heritage Auctions Space Exploration Signature Auction. It has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.
 
The note bears the autographs of Lt. Col. John H. Glenn Jr. and backup astronaut M. Scott Carpenter as well as many others, most of them members of the NASA flight crew for this mission.
 
For more about this note, please see 1957A $1 silver certificate flown in outer space

October 24, 2014: California man finds gold nugget weighing more than 70 ounces in Butte County
 
A California man has discovered what may be the largest gold nugget in private hands, according to a news release from Kagin’s Inc.
 
The nugget, named the Butte Nugget, weighs more than 70 ounces, according to Kagin’s, who will handle the marketing of the nugget.
 
For more about this gold nugget, please see Gold nugget

October 24, 2014: Mint mark alterations have been found on 1909-O Indian Head gold $5 half eagles
 
The 1909-O Indian Head gold $5 half eagle has the lowest mintage in the series, with 34,200 pieces having been reported struck at the New Orleans Mint.
 
Coin Values prices the 1909-O half eagle at $7,000 in Extremely Fine 40 and $11,500 in About Uncirculated 50, making this date and Mint mark extremely interesting to counterfeiters and alteration experts.
 
For more about these coins, please see 1909-O Indian Head gold

October 23, 2014: 2015 Panda bullion, collector coins lack inscriptions for weight, metal, fineness
 
The release of the 2015 Panda silver and gold bullion coins and related Proof collector offerings might be notable for what the coins don’t contain.
 
The 2015 Panda coins lack inscriptions confirming their metal content, weight and fineness. Since 1983, China’s Panda coins have included these inscriptions on the reverse, and since 2009 the wording has been located below the oft-changing panda design.
 
For more about these coins, please see Panda bullion

October 22, 2014: How does one value a coin with few comparables? Rare coins with problems a challenge to value
 
Some coins are easy to value and trade at standard prices, while other coins are much more of a challenge.
 
This is generally due to a lack of comparable coins that have sold recently that can serve as benchmarks to provide evidence for the value of a coin.
 
For more about this problem, please see How does one value a coin

October 21, 2014: ANA School of Numismatics offers seminars at FUN Convention
 
The American Numismatic Association School of Numismatics will offer a pair of educational two-day courses held in conjunction with the 60th Annual Florida United Numismatists Convention. "Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins" and "Introduction to Counterfeit Detection of United States Coins" will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 6-7, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL. The 60th annual FUN Convention begins Jan. 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
 
"We are delighted to bring these seminars to the Sunshine State, and we appreciate FUN's ongoing support of the ANA's educational mission," said Susan McMillan, ANA Education Project Manager.
 
For more about these seminars, please see ANA offers seminars

October 21, 2014: Large, important silver coins struck for Roman provinces
 
Most coins struck for use in Rome’s provinces were made of copper or one of its principal alloys. None are known in gold, yet some large and important issues were struck in silver or in billon (a composition of debased silver).
 
Because of their precious metal content, these silver and billon coins constitute a wholly different category than base metal issues.
 
For more about these coins, please see Roman provinces

October 20, 2014: ANA Board votes on electronic voting during open session
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors approved the use of electronic voting for the 2015 ANA elections, endorsed donations that will establish new scholarships for Summer Seminar and accepted a nomination for honorary host chair for the 2015 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM during an open session teleconference meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
 
The board voted 7-0 to approve an opt-in system for electronic voting in the 2015 election. Members who choose not to opt-in for electronic voting will receive a traditional paper ballot by mail.
 
For more about this announcement, please see Electronic voting

October 20, 2014: National bank note market is contrary to conventional wisdom of other type notes
 
Even now, it is worth taking a look at them from more than the “prices realized” perspective. Different venues and events result in dissimilar auctions.
 
The two sales in Rosemont, Ill., by Heritage Auctions (163 lots, $3 million) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries (454 lots for $7 million) in August had an average selling price per lot of over $15,000. This is in stark contrast to the massive Heritage sale held in conjunction with the Long Beach Expo just a few weeks later. Its 3,567 lots resulted in a total take of $4.8 million, a huge number, but an average price per lot of about $1,350.
 
For more about this market, please see National bank note market

October 17, 2014: Commission of Fine Arts recommends designs for Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, American Fighter Aces medals
 
Members of the Commission of Fine Arts followed the recommendations of the two military organizations advising the U.S. Mint on congressional gold medal honoring the American Fighter Aces of four wars and the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders of World War II.
 
Meeting in Washington on Oct. 16, the commission said they would accede to wishes of the two advisory groups, unlike the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, which two days earlier recommended designs of its own liking for the two medals.
 
For more about these medals, please see Fighter Aces of four wars

October 17, 2014: Mint sets maximum mintage limits for Proof, Uncirculated 2015 First Spouse gold coins
 
The U.S. Mint announced mintage limits Oct. 16 for the Proof and Uncirculated 2015-W First Spouse gold $10 coins.
 
In 2015, the coins will honor Elizabeth Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson.
 
For more about these coins, please see First Spouse coins

October 16, 2014: Palladium appears to get little respect among leading precious metals
 
While the metal is one of four precious metals regularly traded on the commodities markets, bullion and commemorative coin and bars struck in palladium for investment and collector purposes are nowhere near as available as are bullion products made of gold, platinum and silver.
 
Discovered in 1802 by English chemist and physicist William Hyde Wollaston while employing a process to purify platinum, palladium was sparingly used in the world's coinage until the 1980s with the introduction of Russian Ballerina bullion coins in various sizes.
 
For more about this metal, please see Little respect

October 15, 2014: ‘Finest known’ Star of Lima silver 8-real coin in Sedwick auction
 
When a coinage shortage affected Lima, Peru, in the late 1650s, local officials decided to reopen the long-closed Spanish colonial mint to solve the problem. But that solution created a problem of its own, and a unique, short series of coinage known as the “Star of Lima” coins was the result.
 
The “finest known” 1659 silver 8-real “cob” of the Star of Lima, Series 1A type, highlights Daniel Frank Sedwick’s Nov. 6 auction in Orlando, Fla.
 
For more about this coin, please see ‘Finest known’ Star of Lima

October 15, 2014: 'Technically superb monster' 1880-S Morgan dollar from the Sunnywood 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' collection: $35,250
 
Few coin series have as broad collector interest as Morgan silver dollars. Like fans of any long-running series with many date and Mint mark combinations, collectors often specialize while others just want a single example for type purposes. One area that experiences huge demand and often crazy auction results can be found in toned Morgan dollars. Especially on high-grade Mint State coins, some Morgan dollars have spectacular rainbow toning and when these coins are offered at auction, it’s anyone’s guess as to what they’ll bring. Here are three from Bob Simpson’s Sunnywood Collection that soared at Legend’s Oct. 2 Regency auction in Las Vegas, Nev:
 
1880-S Morgan dollar, MS-68, CAC, $35,250. Another spectacular example from the Sunnywood “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” collection of toned Morgan dollars is this 1880-S coin graded PCGS MS-68, also with a green CAC sticker. It brought $35,250. It is described as a “technically superb monster” with “an intensely toned obverse with blues, pinks, and true gold, miraculously paired with lustrous classic vertically banded rainbow toning on the reverse.”
 
For more about this coin, please see Technically superb monster

October 11, 2014: Chilean note from private Banco de Curico depicts naval battle Chile lost
 
Among recent addition to my collections is world paper money printed by the venerable American Bank Note Co., particularly pieces issued before 1900.
 
I recently acquired a pretty Chilean note issued by the private Banco de Curico. The private bank was similar to state banks in the United States. What attracted me to the note was the unusual vignette on the back that depicts two naval vessels engaged in close combat, with one on the verge of sinking.
 
For more about this note, please see Chilean note

October 11, 2014: New book explores President John F. Kennedy, family
 
“I remember my maternal grandmother bringing home a coin folder with open spaces to put in dimes to help children who were paralyzed buy braces so they could walk and play like I did,” Rice said in an email interview. “I guess you might say it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the March of Dimes that ignited the spark within that has lasted throughout my life.”
 
Rice, 73, said the hobby he began during World War II, and continued as a youth helper on a Good Humor ice cream truck in 1954, was set aside for the usual teenage pursuits.
 
For more about this book, please see New book

October 10, 2014: ANA Board Meeting Agenda Released
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors will hold a regular meeting via teleconference on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
 
The Board will vote on if the Association will use electronic voting in the upcoming 2015 Board election. In January 2013, the Board voted to approve the process of offering an electronic voting option in the 2013 ANA election "to simplify the election process, reduce the overall expense and provide our membership with an up to date service option." The firm of Survey and Ballot Systems was engaged in 2013 using its proposed hybrid web and mail ballot option. Thirty thousand dollars was budgeted in 2013 for the election process.
 
For more about this meeting, please see ANA Board Meeting

October 10, 2014: 1921 Morgan dollar, VAM-31 earns nickname ‘Meteor Shower’ variety because of die gouges
 
It was first reported in September 1999 and subsequently listed in New VAM Varieties of Morgan Dollars by Leroy Van Allen. While this variety is well known to specialists, the exact cause of the die gouges is unknown. They are all short yet relatively bold and vary only slightly in orientation. It appears the event that caused the “meteor shower” occurred during the die’s preparation, before its initial use. An example of this exact marriage without the distinctive gouges has never been located.
 
All examples of the obverse of VAM-3I have been mated with the same reverse die. It is identified by a long scratch that passes through the E of AMERICA. Additionally, around the eagle’s right (viewer’s left) leg, a pattern of hand-engraved swirling die scratches that looks like random scribbling appears.
 
For more about this coin, please see 1921 Morgan dollar, VAM-31

October 9, 2014: Premiums rise for Proof 2014-W American Eagle 1-ounce gold coin
 
The 1-ounce coin remains available directly from the U.S. Mint in the four-coin gold Proof set. The last posted sales figure was 19,854 coins, with sufficient orders to exhaust the maximum 20,000 coins offered as a single-coin option.
 
APMEX sold examples in original Mint packaging Oct. 3 on eBay for $1,762.09, $1,753.19, and $1,771.51. On Aug. 22 on eBay, five days before the U.S. Mint reported the coin was no longer available from the bureau, APMEX sold an example in original Mint packaging for $1,640.58.
 
For more about this premium, please see Premiums rise

October 8, 2014: Civil War monetary history and American history not often on the same 'page'
 
Recently a reader asked me why standard history books on the 1861 to 1865 Civil War do not say much about coins, tokens and paper money issued during the conflict — especially as money of that era was incredibly diverse. The reason is that monetary and financial history seem to be one specialty and general American history something else.
 
You can consult a hundred books on the Civil War without finding a mention of encased postage stamps, fractional currency, copper tokens, or paper scrip, also without a hint that ordinary postage stamps were declared by the Treasury Department to be legal tender for certain transactions, and without mentioning that by the second week of July of 1862 all federal coins had disappeared from circulation!
 
For more on this article, please see Not on the same 'page'

October 6, 2014: 1935 Bank of England £1,000 note sells for £25,000 in Dix Noonan Webb auction
 
A Bank of England £1,000 note sold for £25,000 ($40,616) in the Sept. 29 Dix Noonan Webb auction. The note, dated Oct. 15, 1935, had been expected to realize £18,000 to £22,000 ($30,700 to $37,600 in U.S. funds), according to the auction firm.
 
The notes were withdrawn from circulation during World War II because of a Nazi plot to flood Britain with forged paper currency. Only about two dozen of the original, genuine £1,000 notes survive.
 
For more on this note, please see 1935 Bank of England £1,000 note

October 4, 2014: Grease-mold doppelgängers novel form of doubling found on a few Lincoln cents
 
Having conformed to the shape of its recess, the stiff mold somehow migrates out onto the adjacent field portion of the die. When a planchet is fed into the striking chamber, the stiff plug of material (presumably convex where it faces the die and concave where it faces the planchet), acts as a micro-die that generates a raised, normally oriented element of very low relief. The accessory element is slightly offset from its normal counterpart and tends to be slightly enlarged and distorted.
 
At the time of writing, the phenomenon was confined to 1995 Lincoln cents (representing several die pairs) and restricted to the last digit of the date. A photo of one of those cents is reproduced a the bottom of the page. The left side of the normal 5 is visible, although grease in the corresponding recess has left it hazy and flat. The right side of the normal 5 was totally obscured by grease and replaced by a false digit that is offset to the right, rotated slightly clockwise, and is somewhat enlarged.
 
For more on this condition, please see Grease-mold doppelgängers

October 3, 2014: In late 19th century most valuable coin was the 1892 World's Columbian Expo half dollar
 
In a publicity stunt, Wyckoff, Seamans & Benedict, makers of the Remington typewriter, had bid an incredible $10,000 for the first coin struck for the expo. Q. David Bowers in his Commemorative Coins of the United States estimates the sum was about equal to a common worker’s lifetime earnings. Newspapers across the country carried coverage of that famous first strike. Here’s how the New York Times reported it.
 
“PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 19 —The most valuable half dollar ever made in this country and probably the most valuable coin in existence, the first of the new World’s Fair souvenirs, was turned out at the United States Mint here to-day. ...
 
For more on this coin, please see 19th century most valuable coin

October 2, 2014: U.S. Mint ditches 'antiquated' platform, launches redesigned website with new order system
 
The U.S. Mint’s new-look website was relaunched Wednesday morning along with a new order management system aimed at providing customers with an easier buying experience.
 
Increased user-friendliness, enhanced order-tracking, and improved customer support are all things the Mint hoped to accomplish with its new system, according to a Wednesday morning email to media members from Mint spokesperson Michael White.
 
For more on this new website, please see U.S. Mint’s new website

October 1, 2014: During the Civil War encased postage stamps became the substitute for coins
 
By the second week of July in 1862, federal coins had disappeared from circulation as citizens, uncertain of the outcome of the conflict, hoarded them — even copper-nickel cents. On July 17, the Treasury Department declared that ordinary postage stamps were legal tender for some transactions.
 
John Gault, a Boston entrepreneur who came to New York City, felt that encased postage stamps would serve a need and secured a patent on Aug. 12.
 
For more on this coin substitute, please see Encased postage stamps

September 30, 2014: Previously unknown tetradrachm sells in CNG auction
 
The auction, which closed Sept. 17, featured buyer’s fees of 17.5 to 20 percent, depending on bidding method. The coin is only the second example known. The tetradrachm was struck in Istakhr (Persepolis) and issued during the early to mid-second-century B.C. by Vadfradad (Autophradates) II, a king of Persis in modern Iran.
 
Scholars once believed that the coins of Vadfradad II and a successor (dubbed the Unknown King I) did not include inscriptions. Some poorly preserved, previously published examples seemed to have some remnants of inscriptions on earlier coins, but the research was not conclusive.
 
For more on this coin, please see Previously unknown tetradrachm

September 29, 2014: Unique gold aureus of Augustus Caesar realizes $781,675 U.S.
 
The auction was one of three scheduled by the firm during two days in London, before the Coinex show. The Augustus aureus was bought by a London dealer acting on behalf of a continental European client, according to Will Bennett, representing the auction firm.
 
The possibly circa 27 to 18 B.C. gold aureus portrays Octavian (who took the name Augustus) transformed into an ageless Apollo-like classical beauty on the obverse. The reverse depicts an image of a heifer based on a masterpiece by a Greek sculptor.
 
For more on this coin, please see Aureus of Augustus Caesar

September 26, 2014: 20,000 4th century Roman coins discovered by English metal detectorist
 
The Telegraph reports that 51-year-old Laurence Edgerton, a builder, came upon the so-called Seaton Down Hoard, which features coins that date back to the fourth century, in November 2013 while using his metal detector near the site of an excavated Roman villa in Seaton, a town located on England’s southern coast.
 
"Realising the significance of his find after digging up the first shovel-full of coins, he contacted the authorities and a team of archaeologists were called in,” The Telegraph’s story reads.
 
For more on this find, please see 4th century Roman coins

September 26, 2014: Genuine 1922 Grant, With Star commem used to strike fake that could fool collectors
 
With a mintage of only 4,256 pieces, it is currently priced in Coin Values at $900 in About Uncirculated 50 condition, making it well worth the effort to counterfeit.
 
The example illustrated here is the kind of fake that could very easily fool most collectors or dealers, especially at a coin show or flea market.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1922 Grant

September 25, 2014: Royal Canadian Mint releases silver $15 coin marking Viking settlement in Newfoundland
 
Though the coin program does not single out the L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland, that is where a small group of sailors landed and settled for an unknown period. The remains of the camp, which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, were discovered in 1960 by Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad.
 
The focal points of this archaeological site are the reconstructions of three Norse buildings. According to Parks Canada, Norse sagas tell the story of a crew of 30 sailors that landed somewhere on the coast of North America as Leif Eiriksson made his historic first contact with North America.
 
For more on this coin, please see Viking settlement

September 24, 2014: Market Analysis: October and November are busy months in rare coin market with shows, auctions
 
October sees an addition to the coin show calendar with the new Professional Numismatists Guild’s New York Invitational coin show at the Millennium Broadway hotel in Times Square. The show, from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, features official auctions by both Heritage and Stack’s Bowers Galleries. The PNG will follow this up with another show in Dallas, Feb. 26 to 28, 2015, at the Gaylord Texan Resort near DFW airport.
 
Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction IX, set for Oct. 2 in Las Vegas at The Bellagio hotel and casino, will start October with a bang. Leading the sale are some extraordinarily toned Morgan dollars including an 1893-S dollar graded Mint State 65 by Professional Coin Grading Service, with a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker, that was formerly in the Eliasberg Collection.
 
For more on these auctions & shows, please see Auctions & Shows

September 23, 2014: 2016 Winged Liberty Head dime, Walking Liberty half may go gold based on U.S. Mint customer survey results
 
Pure gold versions of artist/sculptor Adolph A. Weinman’s Winged Liberty Head dime and Walking Liberty half dollar are being considered for production by the U.S. Mint in 2016 to mark the two silver coins’ centennial anniversary.
 
Currently absent from consideration in .9999 fine gold is the Standing Liberty quarter dollar, which also marks its centennial in 2016.
 
For more on these coins, please see Survey results

September 22, 2014: Large-size silver certificates, Treasury or coin notes most beautiful and historical
 
Designs on large-size silver certificates are often touted as the “golden age” of engraved designs. And if anyone loves the art of engraving there’s an example that turns heads — the Series 1886 $5 silver certificate.
 
Ornate engraving alongside the portrait of Ulysses S. Grant quietly highlights the face design. But the real show stopper might well be in the design on the back, showing five Morgan silver dollars. The reverses of four of the coins are displayed, along with one in the center showing the 1886 obverse design.
 
For more on these notes, please see Silver certificates

September 20, 2014: Souvenir post cards feature world coin designs, numismatic (mis)information all over web: Best of Blogs
 
World’s Jeff Starck writes that the summer American Numismatic Association convention in Illinois “was a veritable numismatic buffet, providing another opportunity to increase my collection.” Perhaps his neatest acquisition was a pair of “colorful post cards featuring coin designs from Brazil and France. These post cards are from a successor to a series issued for use by cambists (a fancy word for money changers).”
 
Today foreign currency exchange rates are available widely in print and online, but 100 years ago, people were on their own when it came to exchanging kroners or marks for pounds or pesetas. Each card depicts coins of a particular nation and their exchange rates in various other currencies. “These post cards are adjuncts to world coin collecting, and are certainly more affordable than the coins that they show. (Each post card cost $20.) And they are worth a prominent space on my desk.”
 
For more on these post cards, please see Souvenir post cards

September 19, 2014: Odyssey Marine completes latest phase of treasure salvage operations from wreck of SS Central America
 
More than 15,500 gold and silver coins, 45 gold bars and hundreds of gold nuggets, deposits of gold dust, jewelry and other artifacts have been recovered over the past five months by Odyssey Marine Exploration from the sunken SS Central America.
 
The salvage company's recovery ship, Odyssey Explorer, returned to port in Charleston, S.C., for necessary repairs and installment of new equipment, Odyssey officials announced Sept. 16. The repairs and equipment installation are expected to take two to three weeks, according to Odyssey officials.
 
For more on this sunken treasure, please see SS Central America

September 19, 2014: Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' series on PBS profiles family popular in U.S. numismatics
 
A First Family of U.S. coins is the focus of a new PBS documentary series by famed director and producer Ken Burns. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a seven-part, 14-hour Burns epic focused on the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It began airing Sept. 14.
 
“It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative,” the series description on the PBS website reads.
 
For more on this television series, please see The Roosevelts

September 19, 2014: Filmmaker explores why so many people are fascinated with $2 Federal Reserve notes
 
That’s exactly the question filmmaker John Bennardo of Delray Beach, Fla., wanted to answer. Bennardo said he plans to make DVDs available for sale and is looking at schedules of upcoming film festivals to enter his film. He is also planning for an eBook for the iPad.
 
More than a year ago, Bennardo was looking at nearly a dozen $2 FRNs he keeps in a desk drawer. He thought to himself that “there’s something” about these notes. That’s when he decided to make his Two Dollar Bill documentary.
 
For more on this documentary, please see Two Dollar Bill documentary

September 18, 2014: Filmmaker explores why so many people are fascinated with $2 Federal Reserve notes
 
That’s exactly the question filmmaker John Bennardo of Delray Beach, Fla., wanted to answer. Bennardo said he plans to make DVDs available for sale and is looking at schedules of upcoming film festivals to enter his film. He is also planning for an eBook for the iPad.
 
More than a year ago, Bennardo was looking at nearly a dozen $2 FRNs he keeps in a desk drawer. He thought to himself that “there’s something” about these notes. That’s when he decided to make his Two Dollar Bill documentary.
 
For more on this documentary, please see Two Dollar Bill documentary

September 17, 2014: Highest graded example of Three Graces pattern crown in auction
 
The example was once part of the estate of Allen G. Wyon, a member of the artistic Wyon family of engravers, sculptors and seal makers. The pattern was sold by the family in 1962.
 
The pattern was issued late during the reign of George III, a decade before William Wyon would rise to the post of chief engraver at the Royal Mint.
 
For more on this pattern, please see Three Graces pattern

September 16, 2014: Silver tetradrachm from Syracuse an affordable piece of art
 
The piece sold for $3,776, including the 18 percent buyer’s fee, in Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles’ Sept. 2 auction of world coins. Syracuse was the most prosperous and powerful city in the west, and needed coins to pay the mercenaries required to expand and protect its claims.
 
The rulers also waged a public relations campaign, according to the auction house. “Just as the varied courts in Renaissance Italy supported artists and craftsmen in an effort to adorn their cities and outdo their rivals, the tyrants in fifth century Sicily did the same,” according to the catalog.
 
For more on this coin, please see Affordable piece of art

September 13, 2014: Privately produced silver medal has designs similar to Panama-Pacific gold $50 coin
 
From Gerald Baker, Via email. "We have been unable to find this coin listed in Coin World’s Coin Values: a 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 piece in silver, octagonal, approximately 5 ounces, 2.125 inches, struck in San Francisco, 27,000 struck. Do you have any information on this piece?"
 
Reader Baker appears to own a privately issued medal that bears designs replicating those that appear on the 1915-S octagonal gold $50 commemorative coin struck by the San Francisco Mint in celebration of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
 
For more on this medal, please see Privately produced silver medal

September 12, 2014: Cuba to issue 20-, 50-, and 100-peso bank notes with new security devices
 
Cuba is expected to issue 20-, 50- and 100-peso bank notes with new security devices “in the near future,” according to an Aug. 19 article on Radio Mayabeque Digital.com.
 
A portrait of Camilo Cienfuegos will be used on the 20-peso note, Calixto Garci’s portrait will be on the 50-peso note, and a portrait of Carlos Manuel de Cespedes will appear on the 100-peso bank note. Each patriot’s portrait will also be used as the watermark.
 
For more on this currency, please see Cuban bank notes

September 12, 2014: New book on New Jersey coppers should be required reading for all Colonial collectors
 
[By John Kraljevich Jr.] Colonial coin collectors tend to be a bookish bunch, not just by personality, but as collectors as well.
 
It will come as no great shock that the Numismatic Literary Guild “Book of the Year” award for 2014 has gone to a book about early American coins, the magnificent New Jersey State Coppers: History, Description, Collecting by Roger Siboni, John “Jack” Howes, and Buell Ish, co-published by the American Numismatic Society and the Colonial Coin Collectors Club.
 
For more on this book, please see New Jersey coppers

September 11, 2014: Filmmaker explores why so many people are fascinated with $2 Federal Reserve notes
 
What is it that makes the $2 Federal Reserve note so fascinating to collectors and noncollectors alike? He’s currently in the editing stage of a film on the subject and hopes it will be ready for a Nov. 1, 2014, release.
 
That’s exactly the question filmmaker John Bennardo of Delray Beach, Fla., wanted to answer. Bennardo said he plans to make DVDs available for sale and is looking at schedules of upcoming film festivals to enter his film. He is also planning for an eBook for the iPad.
 
For more on this filmmaker, please see $2 Federal Reserve notes

September 10, 2014: Token excitement in 1860 was due to a presidential election and Southern interests
 
In 1860 in Cincinnati, die sinker and token maker John Stanton tapped the engraving talents of Benjamin True to create a series of 22-millimeter tokens. The first had the inscription WEALTH OF THE SOUTH and RICE TOBACCO SUGAR COTTON on the obverse and on the reverse NO SUBMISSION TO THE NORTH / 1860 with a palmetto tree and cannon.
 
Struck in brass and usually with a hole for suspension on a ribbon, these were sold by agents in the South. Declaring what many Southerners felt, the tokens were a great success. Later, as the political division became worse, Stanton opened a Southern mail address to receive orders in Covington, Ky.!
 
For more on this story, please see Token excitement in 1860

September 9, 2014: Stack's Bowers Galleries named Official Auctioneer for the 2015 National Money Show in Portland, Oregon
 
Stack's Bowers Galleries will serve as the Official Auctioneer for the American Numismatic Association's 2015 National Money ShowSM, to be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, March 5-7, 2015.
 
"We are happy to once again be working with Stack's Bowers Galleries as the Official Auctioneer for the National Money Show in Portland," said Kim Kiick, ANA executive director. "We look forward to partnering with Stack's Bowers Galleries in making the Portland National Money Show a big success."
 
For more on this announcement, please see Official Auctioneer

September 9, 2014: Legal case continues for 1974-D aluminum cent as Mint, private citizens contend for ownership rights
 
Two California men continue their fight to prove that a 1974-D Lincoln aluminum cent in their possession is legal to own. The cent was set to highlight Heritage Auctions’ April 2014 Central States Numismatic Society auction but was withdrawn at the request of the U.S. Mint.
 
Randall Lawrence and Michael McConnell initially filed a lawsuit in a San Diego federal court on March 14 asking the court to affirm that an example of the experimental cent that the two men owned is not government property and can be legally owned.
 
For more on this case, please see Legal case continues

September 6, 2014: Stockton national bank note collection realizes $339,300 in Bonhams sale
 
The First National Gold Bank of Stockton California Collection of National Bank Notes realized $339,300 including the buyer’s fee Aug. 31 in an auction conducted by Bonhams at its Los Angeles office.
 
The collection included a discovery Series 1873 $10 national gold bank note for the First National Gold Bank of Stockton (California). The entire collection had a pre-sale estimate of $120,000 to $150,000.
 
For more on this note, please see Stockton national bank note

September 5, 2014: U.S. Mint celebrates release of Great Sand Dunes National Park quarter with ceremony at Colorado park
 
The U.S. Mint celebrated the release of its latest America the Beautiful quarter dollar into circulation Thursday with a ceremony at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Mosca, Colo.
 
Michael White of the Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications said 3,000 people attended the ceremony, about 2,400 of which were children.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Great Sand Dunes National Park

September 5, 2014: U.S. Mint will not conduct in-person sales of silver Kennedy sets at fall Whitman Baltimore Expo
 
The United States Mint will not “three-peat” during the fall Whitman Baltimore Expo. It does not plan to sell the four-coin set of Kennedy silver half dollars at the convention, even though the expo, which runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, begins just after the Oct. 28 launch of sales for the silver half dollar set.
 
When the Mint does begin sales of the set, the four-coin 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Silver Coin Collection, through its online and telephone order system, it plans to have 150,000 sets available for immediate delivery, U.S. Mint spokesman Mike White said Sept. 4.
 
For more on this announcement, please see No in-person sales

September 4, 2014: Sales versus certified: numbers for Proof gold Kennedy 50th Anniversary half dollars don’t match
 
The numbers just don’t add up. The cumulative totals of Proof 1964–2014-W Kennedy 50th Anniversary gold half dollars reported graded and encapsulated by Professional Coin Grading Service, Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and ANACS during Aug. 5 to 7 sales at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., exceed the number of coins offered and reported sold by the U.S. Mint by 613 coins.
 
The ANA-show grading numbers, 1,136 coins for NGC, 947 coins for PCGS and 30 gold half dollars for ANACS, total 2,113 — 613 coins more than the 1,500 coins the U.S. Mint offered and sold at the show.
 
For more on these coins, please see Numbers don’t add up

September 3, 2014: 1861 Confederate States of America restrike 1-cent sells for $16,380 in Bonhams auction
 
An 1861 Confederate States of America restrike cent sold for $16,380 during the Aug. 31 auction by Bonhams. The piece, graded Proof 61 Brown by NGC, was estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.
 
The copper piece was designed by Robert Lovett Jr. and features the head of Minerva facing left on the obverse. The reverse displays “a wealth of distinctive Southern agricultural products, including a bale of cotton at the bottom.”
 
For more on this restrike, please see 1861 Confederate States of America

September 2, 2014: Bronze drachm of Trajan shows Egyptian god of Nile River flooding
 
A bronze drachm of Trajan, issued in Alexandria, Egypt, has a fascinating story to tell.
 
The reverse of the circa A.D. 109 to 110 coin depicts the Egyptian god Hapi, god of the annual flooding of the Nile in ancient Egyptian religion.
 
For more on this coin, please see Bronze drachm of Trajan

August 30, 2014: Odyssey Marine Exploration continues to recover treasure from SS Central America
 
Salvage operations off the coast of South Carolina continue by Odyssey Marine Exploration in recovering gold and silver coins, gold nuggets and dust, and other artifacts from the 1857 wreck site of the SS Central America. The vessel sank off the coast of South Carolina on Sept. 12, 1857, during a hurricane.
 
The latest report filed Aug. 25 by Odyssey in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk covers the period July 16 through Aug. 15. The report was filed on behalf of Recovery Limited Partnership LLC.
 
For more on this revery, please see Odyssey Marine Exploration

August 29, 2014: Mack Martin awarded top exhibiting honor at World's Fair of Money
 
American Numismatic Association member Mack Martin won the Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-in-Show in numismatic exhibiting at the 2014 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Illinois. Martin's exhibit, "Baby Bonds," featured notes issued in Georgia and Louisiana after the Civil War that were used to fund Reconstruction efforts.
 
Martin, who previously won best-in-show awards at Central States and Memphis Paper Money Show, said he began collecting Baby Bonds in 1975 ."That started me collecting everything I have ever had a chance to buy," he said.
 
For more on this award, please see Mack Martin

August 29, 2014: Hoard of A.D. 69 to 70 coins uncovered in Israel during highway construction
 
Artifacts including 114 bronze coins have been found among remains of a previously unknown settlement discovered during highway construction in Israel.
 
The Israeli Antiquities Authority confirmed to Coin World Aug. 18 that an ancient ceramic money box with the coins was discovered near the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv Highway. The coins were found inside a house in a previously unknown settlement from the Late Second Temple period. Pottery shards discovered by an IAA inspector several months ago led to the archaeological excavation where the coin find was made.
 
For more on these coins, please see A.D. 69 to 70 coins uncovered

August 28, 2014: American Buffalo $50 gold bullion coin sales up 45 percent in August over July's figures
 
Sales by the U.S. Mint to its authorized purchasers of 2014 American Buffalo 1-ounce gold bullion coins through Aug. 25 were already more than 45 percent higher than July’s figures.
 
The U.S. Mint reports August sales of 8,000 coins through Aug. 25 compared with 5,500 coins for all of July. During calendar year 2014, the Mint has recorded sales of 125,000 of the .9999 fine gold $50 coins.
 
For more on these sales, please see American Buffalo $50 gold

August 28, 2014: Attendance announced for 2014 World's Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association had 12,642 people attend its signature summer event, the 2014 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, held Aug. 5-9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
The ANA announced the launch of its new website at the show during a Money Talks presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 5. A silent auction held at the annual ANA Banquet raised more than $18,918 for the Robert Lecce Advanced Scholarship Program. A bourse of 575 table-holders is a new World's Fair of Money record.
 
For more about this show, please see Attendance

August 26, 2014: Holey dollar, ‘Dump’ coins among 12 rarities stolen from exhibit in Australia
 
Twelve rare Australian coins, including a Holey dollar and “Dump” coin, were stolen from a gallery in the State Library of New South Wales.
 
The theft occurred Aug. 6, confirmed Victoria Bond, manager, media & communications branch, at the State Library of New South Wales. Bond did not disclose the other 10 coins taken in the theft, but the coins are reportedly worth $1 million Australian (about $931,045 U.S.).
 
For more details, please see Holey dollar stolen

August 25, 2014: Tests show supercritical carbon dioxide cleans grungy paper money, extends its life
 
Don’t try this at home, but scientists have come up with a way to wash those worn and grimy dollar bills you might have in your pocket. Using something called supercritical carbon dioxide could help central banks extend the life of their paper notes.
 
According to a Jan. 8, 2014, post on Popular Science magazine’s website, “scientists successfully removed the human gunk and motor oil from dollar bills by using supercritical carbon dioxide, a fluid commonly used in other cleaning processes that acts like both a gas and a liquid. The bills’ security features such as holograms and phosphorescent inks stayed intact, safely and effectively preserving the banknotes.”
 
For more about this story, please see Cleaning paper money

August 23, 2014: Counterfeiters now producing fake copper coins like Mexican 1931-Mo 5-centavos
 
The flood of counterfeit coins from China continues to expand.
 
After spending years producing fakes of silver dollar-sized coins like U.S. Trade dollars and Morgan dollars, Spanish Colonial 8-real coins, Japanese silver 1-yen pieces, and 20th century China Republic dollars, we are now seeing fakes of better date copper coins from numerous countries.
 
For more about this story, please see Counterfeit 1931 centavos

August 22, 2014: When large got small: U.S. officials respond to paper money counterfeiting with wave of design changes in 1990s, 2000s
 
The year 1929 introduced many changes to the American way of life. Perhaps the best known is the Great Depression, triggered by the Oct. 29, 1929, stock market collapse.
 
But another change occurred a few months before that and is still evident today for those who use or collect paper money. Small-size notes made their debut in the summer of 1929. The decision to downsize paper money and the immediate and long-term effects of the decision are interesting to explore.
 
For more about this story, please see Anti-counterfeiting

August 22, 2014: United States Mint seeking public input on proposed regulations governing redemption of uncurrent and mutilated coins
 
The United States Mint is accepting public comments through Sept. 15 on proposed regulation changes involving the redemption of uncurrent and mutilated coins.
 
The Mint’s proposal to amend Treasury regulations is aimed to update redemption rates and procedures as well as resolve what Mint officials indicate is “an apparent contradiction” in the current regulation. The last time the regulations were revised was in July 1999.
 
For more about this proposal, please see United States Mint proposal

August 21, 2014: Perth Mint releases designs, details of 2015 bullion program that includes dual-date anniversary Kookaburra
 
The Perth Mint’s annual silver and gold bullion coins programs are being launched Sept. 1.
 
Perth Mint officials on Aug. 13 announced details of the annual bullion programs, which include the Chinese Zodiac calendar (or Lunar Year) animal silver and gold coins, as well as the silver Kookaburra, silver Koala, and gold Kangaroo coins in various sizes and finishes.
 
For more about these coins, please see Perth Mint releases designs

August 20, 2014: British 2-penny coin struck on wrong metal realizes about $2,221 U.S.
 
A rare British error coin, struck on the wrong planchet, realized £1,314.50 (about $2,221 U.S.) in an Aug. 1 auction in the United Kingdom.
 
The 1988 2-penny coin, struck in copper-nickel and possibly on a planchet intended for South Africa’s 50-cent coin, was sold in a sale by Dorset-based auctioneer Charterhouse.
 
For more about this coin, please see Wrong metal

August 19, 2014: ANA Literary Awards announced at 2014 World's Fair of Money
 
The ANA's 2014 Literary Awards — recognizing articles published in the 2013 volume of the ANA's official magazine, The Numismatist — were presented Aug. 7 at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Illinois. The Numismatist was first published by ANA founder and inaugural editor Dr. George F. Heath in 1888.
 
Introduced in 1949, the Heath Literary Awards acknowledges outstanding articles. First place was won by Donald H. Kagin for his February 2013 article, "Treasury Notes of the War of 1812." The elegant notes are considered by some to be the United States' first truly successful circulating paper currency. Kagin, a professional numismatist and a past ANA governor, received $250 and an engraved nickel-silver medal designed in 2013 by artist and ANA member Jamie Franki.
 
For more about this announcement, please see Literary Awards announced

August 19, 2014: Ancient coins with animal designs struck to mark Roman civilization's millennium
 
The archaeological record shows that the site of Rome has been inhabited since about 1000 B.C., but in ancient Roman lore, codified by Varro, its official foundation date was April 21, 753 B.C.
 
A thousand years afterward, Romans empire-wide thus celebrated the millennium of their civilization.
 
For more about this story, please see Ancient coins with animal designs

August 16, 2014: Hunting for the first coin issued by nations around the world provides inexpensive fun
 
Stamp collectors call them “Number ones,” the first stamp ever issued by any given nation. This is a fascinating way to collect world coins, too. And this specialty lends itself well to different budgets.
 
While the first coin type ever minted by a centuries-old country could be very expensive, the firsts of newer nations are typically low cost. These collections can be expanded by pursuing different types of number ones within the same nation, such as the first Mint set or commemorative.
 
For more about this article, please see First coins

August 15, 2014: U.S. Mint embracing new London silver price after changes in fixing mechanism
 
The United States Mint will be changing how it determines pricing for its products containing silver.
 
"Due to the ending of the London Silver Price Fixing mechanism and its replacement with the London Silver Price, the United States Mint has decided to use the new London Silver Price for its silver purchasing program, coin sales and price management programs after the London Silver Fix ends on Aug. 14," Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint's Office of Corporate Communications said Aug. 13.
 
For more about this announcement and links, please see United States Mint is changing

August 15, 2014: More than 2,000 silver coins found within walls of abandoned Florida house
 
About 60 pounds of silver coins dated between 1917 and 1964 were found in jars behind the walls of an abandoned St. Cloud, Fla., home that was demolished in April, according to an Orlando Sentinel report.
 
The Sentinel reports the more than 2,000 coins — 861 half dollars, 1,016 quarter dollars, 202 dimes and three 5-cent coins — were found while a St. Cloud crew was tearing down the home, which had been abandoned after more than $500,000 worth of local code violations had been racked up by the most recent owner.
 
For more about this story, please see More than 2,000 silver coins found

August 15, 2014: New website offers collector services for those specializing in early U.S. copper, silver and gold coins
 
Longtime Pennsylvania collector and dealer Jim McGuigan has launched a new website, Early U.S. Rare Coins.
 
McGuigan has more than 60 years of experience as a collector and dealer specializing in early United States copper, silver and gold coins. In addition to the website, McGuigan can be reached by email or by telephone at 412-247-4484. For links to his website and his email, see this article.
 
For more about this new website and the links, please see New website

August 14, 2014: Denver Mint 'stampede' atypical for gold half dollar purchasers
 
It was a shame that United States Mint officials announced the need Aug. 7 to suspend sales early for the gold Proof 1964–2014-W Kennedy 50th Anniversary half dollars at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., and sales centers at Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.
 
But you can’t blame them, as the safety of the general public and Mint employees was of major concern. While it appears the literal stampede of potential coin buyers waiting in line at the Denver Mint for Aug. 7 sales was the likely culprit for sales suspensions at all outlets, the incident was an isolated one.
 
For more about this announcement, please see Denver Mint 'stampede' atypical

August 13, 2014: Errors and Varieties: Clipped discs can leave characteristic impressions in coins
 
Ordinary indents and partial brockages are respectively generated by planchets and coins. These circular discs of metal naturally leave behind indentations with a smoothly curved, convex internal margin. The situation is quite different when the object involved is a clipped planchet or a coin struck on such a planchet.
 
The illustrated 2010 5-rupee coin from India was struck through a clipped planchet on its obverse face. In this case, the obstructing planchet had a curved clip, the most common kind.
 
For more about this error, please see Clipped discs

August 12, 2014: RCM’s $50-for-$50 program continues with Snowy Owl coin released on Aug. 5
 
The Royal Canadian Mint continues its series of Matte Proof .9999 fine silver $50 coins sold at face value with a 2014 design honoring the snowy owl.
 
The reverse design is by Canadian artist Trevor Tennant and features a snowy owl flying close to the ground in search of a meal.
 
For more about this coin, please see Snowy Owl coin

August 11, 2014: Correction to "ANA chooses Philadelphia to host 2018 World’s Fair of Money" announcement
 
Corrected version: A previous version of this release incorrectly stated the union restriction for booth size in Philadelphia. The release should have said that exhibitors renting 600 square feet and less can set up their own booths. Corrected copy appears below.
 
According to Rhonda Scurek, ANA Convention Director, several labor issues experienced at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2012 World's Fair of Money have improved over the last six months. Because of new labor contracts, exhibitors will be allowed to unload their own vehicles, set up their own booths that are 600 square feet or less and operate electric screwdrivers. Scurek added that she had also secured a discounted hotel rate.
 
For more about this announcement, please see ANA chooses Philadelphia

August 11, 2014: ANA chooses Philadelphia to host 2018 World’s Fair of Money
 
Rosemont, Illinois —— Philadelphia was chosen as the host city for the 2018 World’s Fair of MoneySM after a 7-0-1 vote by the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors at its regular meeting on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
 
According to Rhonda Scurek, ANA Convention Director, several labor issues experienced at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the 2012 World’s Fair of Money have improved over the last six months. Because of new labor contracts, exhibitors will be allowed to unload their own vehicles, set up their own booths that are 600 feet or more and operate electric screwdrivers. Scurek added that she had also secured a discounted hotel rate.
 
For more about this announcement, please see ANA chooses Philadelphia

August 9, 2014: Discovery of a second 'Spitting Eagle' die marriage for 1891-CC Morgan $1 a surprise
 
One of the biggest surprises last year within the field of Morgan dollar variety research was the discovery of a second “Spitting Eagle” die marriage.
 
The most common 1891-CC Morgan dollar die pairing has an oval-shaped die gouge strategically placed just under the eagle’s open mouth. It was first reported for other features in the 1964 List of Die Varieties of Morgan Head Silver Dollars by A. George Mallis. Along with co-author Leroy Van Allen, he later listed it as VAM-3 in the Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan & Peace Dollars. Further attention followed in The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys by Michael Fey and Jeff Oxman.
 
For more about this discovery, please see 'Spitting Eagle'

August 8, 2014: U.S. Mint to have 75,000 gold Kennedy half dollars available by Oct. 1
 
U.S. Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson said Aug. 7 that the bureau anticipates having 75,000 of the gold Proof 1964–2014-W Kennedy half dollars struck at the West Point Mint by Oct. 1.
 
The Mint facility had already struck 40,000 coins that were available for delivery when sales opened at noon Eastern Time Aug. 5. The Mint recorded first-day sales of nearly 57,000 coins. The coins are being offered for $1,240 each.
 
For more about this coin, please see More gold Kennedy half dollars

August 8, 2014: First gold Kennedy half dollar sold at ANA convention resold for $100,000
 
The first Kennedy gold half dollar sold in person to a collector Aug. 5 by the U.S. Mint at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money was resold by two dealers to another collector for $100,000.
 
The coin that Los Angeles collector Nick Yadgarov purchased from the Mint for $1,240 was sold Aug. 7 by David Hendrickson from SilverTowne and California dealer Kevin Lipton to an unnamed collector. Hendrickson and Lipton had purchased the coin from Yadgarov for $5,000, plus Yadgarov received another gold Proof 1964–2014-W Kennedy half dollar from the two dealers. Hendrickson and Lipton also made the same deal with the next three people in line the first day of sales — Yadgarov's girlfriend, his brother and his sister.
 
For more about this coin, please see First gold Kennedy half dollar sold

August 7, 2014: Collectors, dealers who redeemed silver certificates between 1964 and 1968 received granules in return
 
For large numbers of notes redeemed, the government paid out bullion in the form of large flat, rectangular bars, with the weight in troy ounces written in black grease pencil. No weight, fineness or bar number was stamped into each bar.
 
Those who redeemed just a few notes were presented separate little plastic bags containing $1 in silver granules for each $1 in notes redeemed. Each $1 silver granule packet contained 0.773 troy ounce of pure silver, the amount of silver in a standard U.S. silver dollar.
 
For more about Silver Paks, please see Silver Paks

August 6, 2014: A 1959 Lincoln, Doubled Die Reverse cent with extra Lincoln Memorial column is among recent finds
 
In the July 21 installment of this column, I illustrated the strongest known doubled die obverse for the 50 States quarter dollar series. It is a copper-nickel clad Proof 1999-S Pennsylvania quarter dollar with major obverse doubling that was submitted to ANACS. ANACS did not provide the name of the person who submitted the coin to them.
 
Since penning that column I have learned that the variety was submitted to ANACS by Siegfried Zeveckas. Congratulations to Mr. Zeveckas for an outstanding find.
 
For more about these finds, please see Recent finds

August 5, 2014: First Dragon dollar of China highlights Hong Kong auction
 
Two coin shows held in Hong Kong each year bring thousands of collectors together, and related auctions consistently feature rare and historic Chinese and other Asian coins.
 
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s Aug. 18 and 19 auction in Hong Kong precedes the Aug. 22 to 24 Hong Kong International Coin Convention.
 
For more about this auction, please see Dragon dollar

August 4, 2014: 4th Wall Street Coin, Currency and Collectibles Show set at the Museum of American Finance in NYC
 
The 4th Wall Street Coin, Currency and Collectibles Show is set for Oct. 23 to 25 at the Museum of American Finance in New York City.
 
This year’s show theme is “America the Beautiful” and the show will feature dealers from around the world offering coins, stock certificates, paper money, medals, autographs and other financial memorabilia.
 
For more about this show, please see Wall Street Show

August 2-4, 2014: PNG/ANA Numismatic Tradeshow
 
Come for the Trade Show, August 2 - 4, and stay for the World's Fair of Money, August 5 - 9. Any PNG or ANA member dealer may take a table at the Numismatic Trade Show, whether or not they will have a table at the World's Fair of Money. The Trade Show will be open to the public for a nominal fee of $6, and free with coupons or complimentary invitations from table holders.
 
Public hours will be Saturday, August 2, from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, August 3, from 9 am to 6 pm; and Monday, August 4, from 9 am to noon. Dealer setup will be Saturday, August 2, from 8am to 10 am.
 
For more about this tradeshow, please see Numismatic Tradeshow

August 2, 2014: Professional grading of errors a hit-and-miss proposition; special challenges involved
 
Professional grading services first appeared in the early 1980s. Since then, many collectors have been lulled into a sense of complacency, figuring that any grade assigned by a top-tier grading service is likely to be accurate within one or two points of an industry-wide consensus. Such confidence may be misplaced, at least when it comes to error coins.
 
I frequently come across coins that have been grossly over-graded or under-graded by the leading grading services. Many have been featured in previous columns, although any grading critique was often incidental to the discussion of the error itself. (See the Aug.15, 2011, and Oct. 14, 2013, columns for some examples of over-grading.)
 
For more about this article, please see Professional grading

August 1, 2014: Governors to discuss site for 2018, 2019 World's Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors will hold an Open Session and Town Hall meeting during the 2014 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Illinois, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, in Room 6 of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
 
The meeting will be broadcast live on Money.org and WorldsFairofMoney.com. A replay will be available immediately following the meeting.
 
For more about this meeting, please see 2018, 2019 World's Fair of Money

August 1, 2014: Mint changes limit for gold Kennedy half dollar sales at ANA convention, retail outlets
 
The United States Mint on July 31 lowered the number of gold Proof 2014 Kennedy half dollars customers may individually purchase at the American Numismatic Association convention and Mint retail units from two coins per customer to one per customer.
 
In addition, the Mint will double the number of tickets it will hand out per day from 250 to 500. Customers will need a ticket to be able to obtain one of the coins.
 
For more about this announcement, please see Mint changes limit

July 31, 2014: Members enter the World's Fair of Money before public [and other related articles]
 
ANA Members can enter the World's Fair of Money before the public.
 
ANA members can enter the bourse floor at the World's Fair of Money 30 minutes before the public. Members can enter at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, while the public will be able to enter at 10 a.m. There is no early member entry on the first day of the show.
 
For more about this announcement, please see World's Fair of Money

July 31, 2014: U.S. Mint sets price of $1,240.00 for gold Proof 2014 Kennedy half dollar
 
The United States Mint has established an initial price of $1,240.00 for the gold Proof 2014 Kennedy half dollar.
 
The coin will go on sale at noon Eastern Time Aug. 5 at the Mint website and via the Mint telephone ordering line at 800-872-6468. It will also go on sale at the same time at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. (where it will be 11 a.m. Central Time), and at the retail sales outlets at U.S. Mint facilities.
 
For more about this coin, please see Proof 2014 Kennedy

July 30, 2014: With 'unexpectedly nice, frosty walnut-brown color,' 1793 Wreath cent graded Very Good sells for $2,012
 
Scotsman’s Midwest Summer Sale, held July 18, 2014, in St. Louis, brought $1,124,107. Among the lots offered were several 1793 Flowing Hair, Wreath cents. It is a scarce one-year large cent type that is in demand from both early copper aficionados and type collectors.
 
When buying this type of early copper, a buyer has to often balance a variety of issues inherent in a hand-produced copper coin more than two centuries old.
 
For more about this coin, please see 1793 Wreath cent

July 29, 2014: Sponsors pledge support for ANA World's Fair of Money
 
Twenty-nine sponsors have pledged support for the American Numismatic Association's 2014 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 5-9, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It is the ANA's 123rd annual summer convention.
 
"The continued support the numismatic business community has for ANA World's Fair of Money is an inspiration for the ANA," said David Truesdell, ANA Sales and Sponsorship Manager. "Our goal every year is to put on the best possible show, and the sponsorship support we receive helps us accomplish our goal."
 
For more about this story, please see Sponsors

July 29, 2014: Sponsors pledge support for ANA World's Fair of Money
 
Twenty-nine sponsors have pledged support for the American Numismatic Association's 2014 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 5-9, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It is the ANA's 123rd annual summer convention.
 
"The continued support the numismatic business community has for ANA World's Fair of Money is an inspiration for the ANA," said David Truesdell, ANA Sales and Sponsorship Manager. "Our goal every year is to put on the best possible show, and the sponsorship support we receive helps us accomplish our goal."
 
For more about this story, please see Sponsors

July 29, 2014: Lexington Collection includes silver denarius from ‘Year of Six Emperors’
 
Coin dealer Jonathan Kern, based in Lexington, Ky., has built a reputation as a dealer for more than four decades, but Kern’s own collection of ancient coins, dubbed the Lexington Collection, featured in Heritage Auctions’ Aug. 8 sale, is now attracting attention.
 
In the Aug. 8 auction, Heritage’s first-ever world and ancient coins Platinum Night auction, 46 lots, including 39 ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins, are from Kern’s collection. That follows an April 10 Heritage auction that included 33 of Kern’s ancient coins.
 
For more about this coin, please see Year of Six Emperors

July 28, 2014: Lee Minshull named 2014 Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year
 
Lee Minshull will receive the Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions to the numismatic community during the Kickoff Event at the World's Fair of MoneySM on Tuesday, Aug. 5 in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
The award is given to an ANA-member dealer who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer.
 
For more about these awards, please see Lee Minshull

July 28, 2014: Neil Shafer awarded 2014 Farran Zerbe Memorial Award
 
Hall of Fame numismatist Neil Shafer will be presented with the American Numismatic Association's highest honor, the 2014 Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, on Aug. 8 during the Awards Banquet at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
The Farran Zerbe Memorial Award is the highest honor conferred by the ANA and is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics.
 
For more about these awards, please see Neil Shafer

July 28, 2014: Ronald Guth named 2014 Numismatist of the Year
 
Ronald Guth, a scholar, author, collector and volunteer, is the American Numismatic Association's 2014 Numismatist of the Year. He will be presented with the award during the Awards Banquet on Aug. 8 at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
Guth has authored numerous books furthering the hobby. Some of his most notable publications are: "Auction Prices Realized for Certified German Coins, 2nd Edition," 2013; "Auction Prices Realized for PCGS-graded German Coins, 2nd Edition," 2011; "100 Greatest U.S. Coins, 3rd Edition" (with Jeff Garrett), 2008; "Coin Collecting for Dummies, 2nd Edition" (with Neil S. Berman) 2008; "Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins 1795-1933, 2nd Edition" (with Jeff Garrett), 2008.
 
For more about these awards, please see Ronald Guth

July 28, 2014: Piret named 2014 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award winner
 
Diane Piret will be recognized as the 2014 recipient of the American Numismatic Association's Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics on Aug. 8, during the Awards Banquet at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
The Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics was established and first given in 2013 to Elvira Clain-Stefanelli and honors women who have made significant contributions to numismatics. These contributions, whether in research, leadership or mentorship, must have made a lasting impact on the numismatic community and demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the betterment of numismatics.
 
For more about these awards, please see Diane Piret

July 28, 2014: Notable Numismatists honored with service awards
 
The recipients of the 2014 Medal of Merit, Glenn Smedley Memorial Award, Adna G. Wilde Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence, Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture and Exemplary Service Award will be formally recognized at the upcoming Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, Aug. 5-9.
 
Michael Ray Fuljenz and C. Frederick Schwan will be awarded the Medal of Merit, which is presented to honor individuals who have dedicated numerous years of service to the association and promotion of the hobby. Fuljenz has been honored for his years of support of the ANA and his contributions and achievements in the field of numismatics. Schwan has worked extensively in the field of military and emergency money.
 
For more about these awards, please see Service awards

July 28, 2014: Gene Hessler named the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner
 
Longtime numismatist Gene Hessler will be honored with the American Numismatic Association's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM Awards Banquet on Aug. 8 in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
Hessler's many numismatic accomplishments include Curator of the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum, 1967-1977 and Curator of the Mercantile Bank Money Museum (Eric Newman Collection), 1986-1989. He discovered and published several previously unknown designs for U.S. currency through research at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Smithsonian Institution. Hessler also won the Howland Wood Award at the ANA's Centennial Convention in 1991, for his exhibit of the complete works of Czech banknote designer Max Svabinsky.
 
For more about this award, please see Gene Hessler

July 26, 2014: SS Central America site reveals more treasure with more than 2,000 U.S. gold coins found since April
 
Gold continues to be discovered at the SS Central America shipwreck site. According to Odyssey Marine Exploration, during operations conducted from April 15 to July 15, 2014, gold ingots with a face value (in 1857) of more than $120,000 have been recovered. The past three months have also seen the recovery of more than 2,000 U.S. gold coins and over 11,500 silver coins, along with gold jewelry and kilograms of gold nuggets and dust.
 
Reflecting the people also lost along with the gold treasure of the SS Central America when the ship sank off the coast of South Carolina on Sept. 12, 1857, during a hurricane, a large collection of ambrotype and daguerreotype photographs were discovered. The photographs of mid-19th century gold miners, some of whom may have perished in the sinking, are rare. The ambrotypes are the only examples found on any 19th century shipwreck in the world, according to Odyssey.
 
For more about these finds, please see SS Central America

July 25, 2014: Nearly 70,000 50th Anniversary Kennedy half dollar Uncirculated sets sell on first day
 
Nearly 70,000 of the 50th Anniversary Kennedy half dollar Uncirculated coin sets sold on the first day of sales, according to U.S. Mint officials.
 
The two-coin 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin set is priced at $9.95 from the U.S. Mint.
 
For more about these Anniversary sets, please see Anniversary sets

July 25, 2014: ANA announces safety procedures for U.S. Mint purchases at the 2014 World's Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association today announces the following public-safety procedures for collectors who wish to buy the dual-dated 50th anniversary Kennedy gold proof coins that will go on sale at the Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, to be held in Rosemont, Illinois, on Aug. 5-9.
 
The U.S. Mint previously announced that 500 Kennedy coins per day will be sold at the show, and in order to purchase a coin, a buyer must receive a ticket from the U.S. Mint. The line for receiving tickets will form outside of the bourse floor at 8 a.m. each day of the show. There will be signs on site to guide collectors to the correct area. Mint officials will distribute tickets to the first 250 people in line between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. each day. At 11 a.m., collectors with tickets will be led onto the bourse floor through a special side entrance that will take them directly to the U.S. Mint booth to complete their purchase.
 
For more about these safety procedures, please see Safety procedures

July 25, 2014: 50 years later: Collecting the nearly 190 coins that make up complete Kennedy half dollar set a fun challenge
 
Collecting Kennedy half dollars can be challenging. The series compromises more than 125 date-and-Mint-mark combinations, three metals, more than a half dozen finishes, two reverse design types and two subtypes. It also has one outstanding but little-known rarity.
 
The Kennedy half dollar was initially produced in 90 percent silver. In the face of rising silver prices, the Mint switched to 40 percent silver (silver-copper clad) coins in 1965. Those were abandoned in 1971 for the current copper-nickel clad pieces.
 
For more about these coins, please see Kennedy half dollars

July 24, 2014: Collectors still fueling sales of 2014-W Proof American Eagle silver dollars from the United States Mint
 
The Proof 2014-W American Eagle 1-ounce silver dollar coin is still a hot ticket for the U.S. Mint. The bureau recorded sales through July 20 of 617,728 of the Proof American Eagle silver dollars as a single coin option, with another 5,550 coins in sales of the 2014 Congratulations set.
 
The Proof 2014-W American Eagle silver dollar was first offered for sale by the Mint on Jan. 23 for $52.95 as a single-coin option from the Mint online or by phone at 800-872-6468.
 
For more about this coin, please see Proof American Eagle

July 22, 2014: Statue of Neptune basis of design on Danzig gold 25-gulden coins issued between two world wars
 
A Baltic Sea coastal town was a world caught between war, neither Polish nor German. The Frei Stadt of Danzig, or Free City of Danzig, existed under League of Nations protection between World War I and World War II, from 1920 to 1939, until Nazi occupiers seized control.
 
The population was mostly German, but the city was administratively tied to Poland, giving the nation critical port access. The semi-autonomous city-state included some 200 towns and settlements around the city. Between the two wars, Danzig issued a series of coins featuring imagery important to the city. The limited number of issues, the unique nature of the issuer and the availability of several one-year type coins all make this series popular with collectors.
 
For more about this coin, please see Statue of Neptune

July 21, 2014: Depth, quality of ANA auctions may mark the start of a new golden age in U.S. paper money collecting
 
Are we at the start of a new golden age in U.S. paper money collecting? The depth and quality of the paper money offerings at the Aug. 5 to 9 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., seem to indicate an active and accelerating market.
 
The ANA named two official auctioneers for this year’s event, Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Between them, millions of dollars’ worth of notes will find new owners within a span of just days.
 
For more about this golden age, please see U.S. paper money collecting

July 21, 2014: Researcher needs assistance with information about sutler tokens commonly issued to military troops
 
While I [Q. David Bowers] dearly love coins, medals, tokens, and paper money, I think I love writing about them even more. I may never personally own an 1804 silver dollar, but in 1999 I spent many pleasant hours writing 490 pages (!) about the adventures of Edmund Roberts who sailed to the far side of the world to deliver presentation Proof sets that contained Proof examples of these now-famous rarities.
 
At another time I found the counterstamped coins issued by Dr. Shattuck’s Water Cure of Waterford, Maine, to be fascinating — and spent months tracking down everything I could, including visiting the still-standing premises. John J. Ford Jr. said that of all the books I had written up to that point (1992) this was his very favorite. Similar to phrenology, the water cure was a sensation in the mid-19th century. The idea was that spending a week or more taking warm and cold baths cured about every ailment known to mankind.
 
For more about this research, please see Researcher needs assistance

July 18, 2014: U.S. Mint plans to limit sales of Proof gold 1964-2014-W Kennedy 50th Anniversary half dollar at ANA
 
Sales of the gold Proof 1964-2014-W Kennedy 50th Anniversary half dollar to collectors attending the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., will be limited to one per person.
 
The one-coin-per-person restriction will also be in effect at the sales center at Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the contracted sales centers at the Denver Mint and Philadelphia Mint. Sales begin Aug. 5.
 
For more about this coin, please see Limited sales

July 18, 2014: Keith Grove receives Adult Advisor Award at 2014 Summer Seminar
 
Keith L. Grove received the Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Adult Advisor during the 2014 Session II Summer Seminar banquet at the American Numismatic Association.
 
Grove was named Outstanding Adult Advisor due to his contributions to the ANA and the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, where he has been a volunteer docent for almost 10 years. Grove also works with the ANA to teach coin-collecting workshops to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
 
For more about this award, please see Advisor

July 16, 2014: $5 million pair of rare coins traveling with ANA Road Show to visit Michigan State Numismatic Society show in November
 
Two numismatic rarities that, combined, are worth approximately $5 million will be on display at the Michigan State Numismatic Society's annual Fall Convention and Coin Show, held Nov. 28 to Nov. 30 at the Macomb Community College Expo Center in Warren, Mich.
 
The American Numismatic Association Road Show will be on hand at the show with an 1804 Draped Bust dollar and a 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent piece.
 
For more about this display, please see ANA Road Show

July 15, 2014: New book on history of chopmarked coins by Colin Gullberg offered at discounted price through July 20
 
A new book, Chopmarked Coins – A History, by Colin Gullberg, is available through July 20 for a special rate.
 
The book, regularly $50 U.S. plus shipping, is available for $30 plus shipping. Early payment for books that are picked up during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money near Chicago Aug. 6 to 9 will save buyers shipping charges of $5 in the United States and higher rates elsewhere. Some books may be shipped in September if sales top what Gullberg takes to the show.
 
For more about this book, please see Chopmarked Coins

July 14, 2014: $2 'Santa' note sells for $7,050 at Stack's Bowers Galleries auction at Whitman Expo in Baltimore
 
The $2 “Santa” note sold for $7,050 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction during the June 26 to 29 Whitman Baltimore Expo.
 
The uniface $2 obsolete note issued by The Maine Bank (Brunswick), is dated Oct. 1, 1862. It is graded Very Fine 20 by PCGS Currency. The note is punch-hole canceled.
 
For more about this note, please see $2 'Santa' note

July 14, 2014: Inspired numismatic 'detectives' Kelly and Oliver solve mystery behind missing gold in 1856
 
Many people love a good mystery, and numismatic literature is rich with “whodunits” and “what­happenedtoits.”
 
Richard Kelly and Nancy Oliver have cracked one of numismatics’ most notorious crimes, the great gold heist from the first San Francisco Mint facility. During the 10 months beginning October 1856, $150,550 in gold disappeared, amounting to multiples of the San Francisco Mint’s 1857 annual payroll. A theft of this magnitude could only have been perpetrated by someone in a position of trust: a Mint officer.
 
For more about this story, please see Missing gold

July 11, 2014: Collector expecting Kennedy halves discovers 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar in 20-coin Kennedy 50¢ roll
 
A New Orleans collector never anticipated discovering an 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar while searching rolls that he expected would contain only Kennedy half dollars, but he did find one.
 
What makes the find even more special is that the coin is the variety struck with the Seated Liberty obverse die used while the New Orleans Mint was under the control of the Confederate States of America.
 
For more about this find, please see 1861-O Seated Liberty half

July 11, 2014: 'Worst of the worst' Morgan dollars, historic U.S. Assay Commission medals to be displayed by PCGS at ANA convention
 
Two extremely difficult to assemble numismatic collections that are the finest of their kinds in the Professional Coin Grading Service Set Registry will be displayed by PCGS for the first time in public at the upcoming American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.
 
The Numismatic Americana Reference Collection of United States Assay Commission Medals and the End of the Trail VIII Collection of Morgan dollars with the lowest grade point average in the "Low Ball" registry will be exhibited at the PCGS booth during the ANA convention, which runs from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
 
For more about this display, please see Worst of the worst

July 10, 2014: Worldwide silver demand reaches all-time record high of 1,081 million ounces during calendar 2013
 
Worldwide silver demand hit an all-time record high during 2013, reaching 1,081 million ounces, according to the Silver Institute in its recent publication, World Silver Survey 2014.
 
The record demand was fueled by a 76 percent hike in retail sales for bars and coins, coupled with recovery in silver fabrication and jewelry, according to the survey.
 
For more about this survey, please see Worldwide silver demand

July 9, 2014: 'Dramatic' bonded cluster of 1999 Lincoln cents brings $2,700 at Baltimore Expo
 
Many collectors love striking and planchet error coins because each one is unique and they are dramatic examples of what happens when things go wrong in coin production. These are pieces whose errors are the result of problems occurring during the striking phase.
 
Error coins are graded on the same scale as “normal” U.S. coins, and their pricing structure is based on quality, rarity, and demand, as is the case with all collectibles.
 
For more about this error, please see Bonded cluster of 1999 Lincoln cents

July 8, 2014: Gravel, Clain-Stefanelli added to Numismatic Hall of Fame
 
Ludger Gravel and Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli were inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame during the first week of the American Numismatic Association's Summer Seminar.
 
Gravel began collecting coins as a young man. By the mid-1890s, he was an active member and leader of the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Montreal in 1895.
 
For more about this story, please see Numismatic Hall of Fame

July 8, 2014: 1897 Cuban coins, offered in Lissner Collection auction, were struck in the United States
 
The story of world coinage struck at United States government Mint facilities is no secret, but lesser known may be the issues struck in the United States by private companies for use around the world.
 
Several highlights from the Richard Lissner Collection, which is being auctioned Aug. 1 and 2 in Chicago, illustrate the activity of private companies in supplying world coins in the absence of domestic mints.
 
For more about this souvenir peso, please see 1897 Cuban coins

July 7, 2014: Increased interest prompts Whitman to release fourth edition of U.S. paper money guide book
 
Increased interest in paper money collecting has prompted the publication of a fourth edition of the Guide Book of United States Paper Money by Arthur Friedberg and Ira Friedberg.
 
The latest edition was designed for newcomers as well as longtime hobbyists, according to publisher Dennis Tucker of Whitman Publishing LLC.  “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in interest in paper-money collecting since the first edition was published in 2005,” Tucker said.
 
For more about this book, please see Whitman to release fourth edition of U.S. paper money

July 7, 2014: 2014 ANA medal celebrates 123rd anniversary, honors 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago
 
Another summer, another commemorative medal from the American Numismatic Association. The ANA’s 123rd Anniversary Convention medal will pay tribute to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the city that will host this year’s ANA World’s Fair of Money from Aug. 5 to Aug. 9.
 
The medal’s obverse features the inscription WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION and MDCCCXCIII, which is 1893 in Roman numerals, and JNF, the initials of designer Jamie Franki. The inscriptions flank a profile of one of the sculptured female figures that serve as exterior columns, known as caryatids, at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
 
For more about this medal, please see 2014 ANA medal

July 6, 2014: Breck Rare Coins Victim of Major Theft
 
David Salvette, owner, of Breck Rare Coins was the victim of a major theft after the recent June 2014 Baltimore show. The theft occurred from a Super Shuttle van parked in front of the Hyatt Hotel. The suspect removed a roller bag from the rear of the van as Salvette and the driver were getting inside to depart for the airport. Video from the hotel shows a tall black male wearing a tie removing the bag from the van. A report has been filed with the Baltimore Police Department.
 
The following is a list of coins stolen: PCGS and NGC certified silver, gold and copper in 11 PCGS blue boxws and two Bowers & Merena black cardboard boxes. Includes about 25 Walkers, 75 Morgans, and two Peace Dollars, all white, all PCGS. Includes three Lincolns (1909-S VDB MS64 B CAC, 1955/55 AU58, 1910-S MS64 RD, 1909-S Indian Cl.) Includes about 70 NGC gold slabs $1-$20 and about 93 PCGS slabs $1-$20. Better dates include $20 1926-S P64, 1915 P64, 1914 P64, 1913 P62, 1911 P62, P64, 1913-S P63, 1909 P64, 1909/08 P62 CAC, 1908 W/M P64, 1922-S P63, 1925 P64, 1926 P65 CAC, 1927 P66, 1928 P66, 1913-D P62. Includes 30+ Ten Indians PCGS and NGC, including 1907 N63 and others P&N XF 45-MS 62. Includes 1885 P55 CAC $2-1/2. 1888-O, 1892-O, 1893-O, 1894-O, 1895-O, 1901-O, 1903-O, 1904-O, 1906-O, P&N graded MS61-MS62.Morgans include 1888-O Hot lips P55 CAC, 1889-CCP VG08.
 
Any dealer with information should contact: Doug Davis at 817-723-7231 or email him at Doug@numismaticcrimes.org
 
This notice was sent to the West Chester Coin Club Webmaster and received from the West Chester Coin Club Chairman on July 7, 2014.
 
The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. P.O. Box 14080 Arlington, Texas 76094.

July 4, 2014: Local coin club quiz asked participants to name all denominations of circulating U.S. coins they could
 
The question on a local coin club quiz — List as many denominations of circulating U.S. coins as you can — seemed simple. The answer was not. Quizmaster Jonathan Goodfellow prepared the question as a tiebreaker. Two members had answered the previous nine questions correctly. They both had different answers for the tiebreaker.
 
I anticipated that some club members would insist that a silver 3-cent piece was a different denomination from a copper-nickel 3-cent piece.
 
For more about this quiz, please see Local coin club quiz

July 3, 2014: Siberian mine source of 14.69-pound gold nugget, nicknamed 'Devil's Ear' because of its shape
 
A large gold nugget, nicknamed the Devil’s Ear because of its peculiar shape, was found by miners in Siberia, Russia, on June 13. The discovery of the 6.664-kilogram (14.69 pound) nugget occurred at the Ukhagan mine in the Irkutsk region’s Bodaybinsky district. Local officials say the nugget is the largest found at the mine.
 
A shifting machine tossed the nugget away, but a worker found it among mining debris. According to a story published June 18 in the The Siberian Times online, such finds rarely come singly and miners are hoping to find another.
 
For more on this story, please see 14.69-pound gold nugget

July 2, 2014: Top coin collectors should seek quality and eye appeal over coins that grade a few points higher
 
Last week I [Q. David Bowers] mentioned that, at dinner recently in New York City, I was seated next to Mr. S., who bought his first coin from me when he was 14 years old. Now a successful businessman and a true numismatic connoisseur, he showed me a picture of his beautiful About Uncirculated 58 1796 Draped Bust dime, which has more eye appeal than some Mint State 62 and MS-63 coins I’ve seen.
 
“Besides the third party grade, I grade each coin based on 5 criteria — (1) eye appeal, (2) toning, (3) originality, (4) surface quality, and (5) strike."
 
For more about this idea, please see Collectors should seek quality and eye appeal

July 1, 2014: New book explores tradesmen tokens of 1787 to 1804 of Great Britain, Ireland
 
A new book explores trade tokens of Britain and Ireland. British and Irish Tradesmen and their Copper Tokens of 1787 – 1804, by Jon D. Lusk, is the first new work in 50 years dedicated to the subset of “Conder” tokens known as tradesmen’s tokens, according to Lusk. Conder tokens are cataloged by R. Dalton and S.H. Hamer in The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th century Illustrated. Only a subset of issues circulated as money substitutes, Lusk said.
 
Lusk reveals discoveries concerning the issuers, their lives, names, and occupations. Tokens are pictured in large size, and in color, along with photographs of the edges unwrapped into a straight line.
 
For more about this book, please see New book

July 1, 2014: Brasher Doubloon In Museum Showcase of Early American and Ancient Coins at ANA 2014 Chicago World's Fair of Money
 
The finest certified 1787 Brasher Doubloon will highlight the Museum Showcase exhibit of early American money and ancient coins at the American Numismatic Association 2014 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM, August 5 - 9. Insured now for $10 million by Monaco Rare Coins, this will be the coin's first major public appearance in the Midwest in 27 years since it was part of a 1987 nationwide traveling exhibit celebrating the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.
 
The annual ANA summer convention will be held in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, in Rosemont, Illinois, conveniently located near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
 
For more about this exhibit, please see Brasher Doubloon

June 30, 2014: BEP offers America's Founding Fathers Currency set, includes Series 2009 $1 and Series 2003A $2 FRNs
 
June 24 was the first day of sale for the 2014 America’s Founding Fathers Currency set. The set features a Series 2009 $1 Federal Reserve note and a Series 2003A $2 FRN, bearing, respectively, the portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
 
Both notes were printed for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and have matching serial numbers beginning with “2014.” This set is packaged in a tri-fold presentation folder with each note protected by a clear, acid-free polymer sleeve. The set is priced at $21.95.
 
For more about this offering, please see Founding Fathers Currency set

June 30, 2014: Collectors can help build Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money by contributing
 
On June 13, I had the privilege of giving a talk with Q. David Bowers at the Memphis International Paper Money Show. (Bowers was the star attraction, of course; Whitman Publishing senior associate editor Caitlyn Mitchell and I were there as backup singers, so to speak.)
 
Our goal was to share Dave’s knowledge of obsolete paper money — its history, how to collect it, and observations on the general market, including rarities, supply and demand, and pricing. It was an entertaining hour of colorful images, fun stories, and expert advice, in typical “QDB” style.
 
For more about this request, please see Paper money collectors can help

June 27, 2014: Counterfeit Proof silver American Eagles recently submitted to grading service, possibly from China
 
Fake U.S. silver American Eagles are becoming more and more common lately, with many of the counterfeits originating in China. ANACS recently received a small group of fake Proof 2010-W American Eagle silver dollars for authentication and grading that I thought I would share with readers.
 
As you might imagine, our first thought was, “Why would someone go to the trouble to counterfeit such a common, reasonably low-value coin?” A quick bit of online research provided the answer. Proof silver American Eagles sell fairly easily around $40 to $50 per coin, with some dates selling for a bit more. An online seller from China was offering the illustrated fake for $2.50 per coin (20 pieces for $50, including free shipping).
 
For more about this counterfeiting, please see Counterfeit Proof silver American Eagles

June 27, 2014: Unique 1896 Silver Certificate "Educational" Set to Cross the Block at Stack's Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the ANA World's Fair of Money
 
Stack's Bowers Galleries will showcase the "Educational Note" sheets pedigreed to The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection in its official auction with the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money. The group comprises three original sheets: the 1896 Silver Certificate "Educational Notes" of the $1, $2, and $5, each with serial numbers 1 to 4. The firm auctioned the group several years ago for the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation, and is honored to present it once again on behalf of its new owner.
 
The face designs are perhaps the most ornate in the entire series of American paper money. They include the $1 History Instructing Youth, the $2 Science Presenting Steam and Electricity to Industry and Commerce, and the $5 Electricity Presenting Light to the World. The backs are very ornate as well. Each design ranks high in the best-selling book The 100 Greatest American Currency Notes (Whitman Publishing, LLC.) by Q. David Bowers and David M. Sundman.
 
For more about this auction, please see Educational Note sheets

June 27, 2014: Looting in Egypt spurs government to ask U.S. for import restrictions on coins, other historical items
 
A sharp increase in looting of cultural property, spurred by political unrest in Egypt, has led the Egyptian government to seek import restrictions on cultural property, including coins.
 
Looting has nearly doubled since the Egyptian revolution of 2011, according to the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, with more than 7,000 instances reported during the past three years.
 
For more about these restrictions, please see Looting in Egypt

June 26, 2014: Collectors still in demand for silver coins struck by U.S. Mint, including 1-ounce Proof American Eagles
 
Collectors still are buying anything silver from the United States Mint, including the Proof 2014-W American Eagle 1-ounce silver dollar. The coin was first offered for sale by the Mint on Jan. 23 for $52.95 as a single-coin option online or by phone at 800-872-6468.
 
Through June 22, the Mint has recorded sales of 586,587 of the single Proof 2014-W American Eagle silver dollars. The same coin is also available packaged in the Congratulations set, a packaging option the Mint introduced in 2013 for gift-giving purposes. The 2014 Congratulations set went on sale Jan. 14 for $54.95. Latest sales figures indicate 5,318 of the 2014 sets have sold.
 
For more about these coins, please see Demand for silver coins

June 26, 2014: Peyton Souder named Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year
 
Peyton Souder was named the Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year during the American Numismatic Association's Summer Seminar Graduation Banquet for Session 1 on Wednesday, June 25.
 
Other members honored at the banquet include Clark Fogg, winner of the Glenn Smedley award; Steve Roach, who received an ANA Presidential Award for his service to the hobby; and the winners of the YN Literary Awards.
 
For more on this story, please see Peyton Souder: Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year

June 25, 2014: One ANA show, two competing auctioneers: Stack's Bowers and Heritage both hosting official auctions
 
For the first time in many years, the American Numismatic Association has two official auctioneers for its World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.: Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions.
 
The ANA is selling both firms to potential consignors via letters signed by ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick, and both firms are aggressively courting consignors.
 
For more on this story, please see Two competing auctioneers

June 24, 2014: Deified Augustus the most influential man in Roman history and his era is justly called the Augustan Age
 
The emperor Augustus (27 B.C. to A.D. 14) was arguably the most accomplished and influential man in Roman history. His impact on his own era — justly called the Augustan Age — was nothing less than revolutionary, and upon his death he was declared a god.
 
Before Augustus, his adoptive father Julius Caesar was the only Roman to have been honored with deification. Augustus became the first emperor to be deified, setting a precedent that allowed the practice eventually to become a standard feature of holding that office.
 
For more on this story, please see Augustus

June 23, 2014: Memphis paper money show confirms the strength of the market, the way the Internet has changed it
 
The International Paper Money Show in Memphis, Tenn., June 13 to 15, reaffirmed two things: the continued strength of the paper money market, and the way the Internet has changed it.
 
The 131 tables on the dealer bourse reflected the full range of paper money collecting, a worldwide assembly of the esoteric and the popular. As always, it was one of the few paper money shows that offered more than a bourse floor, with exhibits, eight club meetings and 15 educational sessions, 11 of which were devoted to American subjects.
 
For more about Memphis, please see More on Memphis

June 20, 2014: 46th annual Summer Seminar begins Saturday
 
Numismatic students attending the 46th annual Summer Seminar will begin to arrive in Colorado Springs on Saturday. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6 p.m. in Gaylord Hall at the Worner Campus Center. Classes begin on Sunday at 9 a.m.
 
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the new exhibit "Treasures of the Deep" at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum. The exhibit tells the stories of the world's greatest shipwrecks, the treasures they carried and the efforts made to preserve shipwreck sites.
 
For more about this seminar, please see 46th annual Summer Seminar

June 20, 2014: Memphis, Tenn., once again becomes universal headquarters for collectors of paper money
 
It was dark and stormy the night before the opening of the 38th annual International Paper Money Show in Memphis, Tenn. But sunny skies reigned supreme June 13 to 15 as collectors and dealers from around the world gathered at the Cook Convention Center for the bourse, exhibits and educational sessions.
 
Collectors were welcomed to the bourse with a “scavenger hunt” using selected world notes from Richard Bode’s collection. Bode and his wife, Kathy, were missionaries in the Philippines for 12 years. Then the couple spent nearly a dozen years in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and central Asia.
 
For more about this show, please see The Memphis paper money show

June 20, 2014: Engraved 1864 Seated Liberty half dollar struck from silver pulled from Boston Masonic Temple fire ruins
 
When the Boston Masonic Temple burned to the ground on April 6, 1864, ceremonial silver implements were pulled from the ashes, taken to the Philadelphia Mint and melted for coining into Seated Liberty half dollars.
 
In The E-Gobrecht, an electronic publication of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, collector Len Augsburger discusses one engraved relic coin from among approximately a dozen examples known extant.
 
For more about this coin, please see Engraved 1864 Seated Liberty half dollar

June 19, 2014: Gold coins valued at $1,300 being given away during August's PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show
 
Attend the PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show in the Chicago area this summer and you could win a $1,300 gold coin.
 
Complimentary admission coupons for collectors and other members of the public are now available for the Aug. 2 to 4 show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., conducted jointly by the American Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists Guild. A promotion is in place that will give away a U.S. gold $20 double eagle to one visitor each day of the show.
 
For more about this give away, please see Gold coins being given away

June 18, 2014: Numismatists that challenge themselves will find that their passion for the hobby will not wane
 
A remarkable aspect of coin collecting is that once a buyer becomes a true numismatist (learning about the history of coins, tokens, medals, and paper money, about minting and printing, about tradition, and more), he or she stays with the hobby for life. There are very few exceptions.
 
A few columns ago, I [Q. David Bowers] mentioned that many newcomers discover the world’s greatest hobby, drain their bank account as they buy Morgan silver dollars, $20 double eagles, expensive State quarter dollars in Mint State 70 grade, and the like, then burn out and leave. They experienced no challenge, no excitement, no thrill of the chase. How sad.
 
For more about this article, please see Numismatists that challenge themselves

June 17, 2014: Hungary’s new collector coin in two versions uses historic bank shares as motif
 
The fracturing of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I laid the foundation of the modern National Bank of Hungary.
 
The Magyar Nemzeti Bank, the bank’s name in Hungarian, marks the 90th anniversary with two new collector coins. An Uncirculated copper-nickel 2,000-forint coin and a Proof .925 fine silver 10,000-forint coin share the same designs.
 
For more about these coins, please see Hungary’s new collector coin

June 16, 2014: Serial No. 1 Series 1902 $10 California national bank note sells for nearly $10,000
 
A serial number 1 Series 1902 $10 California national bank note sold for nearly $10,000 at auction. The note, issued by the National Bank of Orange (California), was sold in a June 1 to 4 auction by Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers for $9,048.
 
The note, graded Extremely Fine 40 Premium Paper Quality by PCGS Currency, is “the first to appear from this bank and is new to the census,” according to the catalog. The note features pen signatures and has “bright, fully original paper.” Its pre-sale estimate was $10,000 to $15,000.
 
For more about this note, please see Serial #1 Series 1902 $10 California national bank note

June 16, 2014: BEP not seeking approval to redesign $1 Federal Reserve notes to incorporate anti-counterfeiting devices
 
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is not asking Congress to allow it to redesign the $1 Federal Reserve note to incorporate the same high-tech, anti-counterfeiting features that have been on other U.S. currency notes since the mid-1990s.
 
That was what BEP Director Larry R. Felix told a House Finance Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade during a June 11 hearing on the future of paper money and coins.
 
For more about this redesign, please see $1 Federal Reserve notes

June 13, 2014: United States Mint planning to release seven 50th anniversary Kennedy half dollars in 2014
 
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar in 2014, the United States Mint will be offering three different Kennedy half dollar packaging options, comprising a total of seven coins exhibiting four different finishes.Center.
 
Two of the packaging options will be offered Aug. 5 to 9 during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
 
For more about this offering, please see 50th anniversary Kennedy half dollars

June 13, 2014: Canceled 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar reverse die, struck coin in ANA World's Fair of Money exhibit
 
A canceled 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar reverse die once used as a doorstop and an 1870-CC coin contemporarily struck from the die before its cancellation will be on display by Littleton Coin Company, Littleton, N.H., during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 5 to 9 in Rosemont, Ill. The show is being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
 
Littleton President David Sundman a few months ago obtained from Rusty Goe at Southgate Coins in Reno, Nev., a Professional Coin Grading Service Extremely Fine 45 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar whose reverse was minted in 1870 using the die that Sundman acquired in 2004.
 
For more about this die, please see Canceled 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar reverse die

June 12, 2014: Kagin's removes Saddle Ridge hoard mega-lot from Amazon.com to consider offers for individual coins
 
The single lot of the top 14 coins from the Saddle Ridge hoard of United States gold coins offered on Amazon.com for $2.75 million was removed from the website June 9 as Kagin's officials consider offers already presented for individual coins from the group.
 
The lot includes an 1866-S Coronet, No Motto gold $20 double eagle graded Mint State 62 by Professional Coin Grading Service that some numismatic experts believe is alone worth $1 million.
 
For more about this decision, please see More on the Saddle Ridge hoard

June 11, 2014: ANA establishes new college scholarship for YN members
 
The Board of Governors for the American Numismatic Association held a teleconference in executive session on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The board heard a report about a new college scholarship, appointed a new treasurer and accepted a bid for a new roof for the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, among other business.
 
The ANA, through the Young Numismatists committee, established an annual college scholarship worth $1,000 for a graduating high school senior who is also a member of the ANA to use at the university, community college or trade school of the student's choice. The winner will be chosen based on numismatic merit and financial need.
 
For more about this scholarship, please see ANA establishes new college scholarship

June 11, 2014: The secret to selecting the best U.S. coins is to look for one well struck with 'full details'
 
I find it very interesting to watch the marketplace, but I have never been able to figure out the pricing structure on Standing Liberty quarter dollars minted from 1916 to 1930.
 
Some years ago an innovative person, identity either forgotten or not known to me in the first place, came up with the term “full head” to describe coins said to be of exceptional value — sometimes multiples of the price of an ordinary strike. As to Full Head sharpness, the Philadelphia Mint 1917 Standing Liberty, Bare Breast quarter dollar nearly always comes this way. In contrast, the 1926-D quarter’s head is usually softly struck.
 
For more about this article, please see Find coins with 'full details'

June 10, 2014: Miles from Jellystone, Niue issues colorful commemorative coin showing Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear
 
The fictional Jellystone National Park may be miles away — in truth and geography — from Niue Island, but the park’s most recognizable resident now appears on a 2014 coin from that Pacific island nation.
 
Yogi Bear, the character created by Hanna-Barbera Productions, is the newest honoree of the Mint of Poland’s Cartoon Characters series for Niue, which in the past year has also honored Tweety, Bugs Bunny, and the Flintstones, among others.
 
For more about this coin, please see Yogi Bear & Boo-Boo

June 9, 2014: $2 'Santa' note to be offered by Stack's Bowers Galleries at Whitman Baltimore Expo June 26 to 29
 
Stack’s Bowers Galleries to offer $2 ‘Santa’ note at Whitman Baltimore Expo in June. Most collectors certainly enjoy seeing “Santa” notes and odd-denomination notes any time.
 
Stack’s Bowers Galleries will auction a $2 obsolete note issued by a Brunswick, Maine, bank at the June 26 to 29 Whitman Baltimore Summer Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center.
 
For more about this note, please see $2 'Santa' note

June 9, 2014: Collector’s auction gamble on eBay pays off with desirable, interesting weak double strike
 
Like many error/variety collectors (including me), John Shields likes to gamble on eBay. The exercise involves finding a potentially rare or valuable auction item that has been inaccurately described or so poorly photographed that the nature of the error is hard to discern.
 
By such means Shields recently acquired a small, seemingly humdrum lot of error coins. But one of the coins — described as an unstruck planchet — looked like it might be of greater interest. Shields noticed a series of curved grooves and a possible profile of Lincoln on the only surface that was photographed. He thought it might be a very weak strike, which would be a fine prize given the paltry sum of money he paid. Once in hand, it proved more interesting than he could have imagined.
 
For more about this error, please see Weak double strike

June 6, 2014: Colorado collector Bryan Trigg finds rare 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent in roll
 
When Colorado collector Bryan Trigg received a 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent in change in April, it reawakened his interest in searching rolls of cents. Now that new-found enthusiasm has resulted in the discovery of a rare 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent.
 
Trigg hand-delivered the coin to ANACS on May 28 after driving an hour from his home. Two hours later, ANACS returned the coin, now encapsulated in an ANACS holder graded Extremely Fine 45.
 
For more about this cent, please see 1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse

June 6, 2014: 1737 copper threepence token is said to have been struck by Dr. Higley to pay the good doctor's bar bill
 
Raise a glass — it’s only fitting — to the memory of Dr. Samuel Higley, who coined an odd denomination token in an odd place for an odd reason. The mine produced vast quantities of ore that was used locally and exported to England.
 
Higley, who was born in colonial America in 1687, abandoned medicine for metallurgy, and in 1727 opened his own copper mine near Simsbury, Conn. Higley coined tokens with a stated value of threepence from his metal. The tokens had an obvious problem: They were the size of a half penny.
 
For more about this token, please see Doctor Higley

June 5, 2014: U.S. Mint lifts restrictions on authorized purchasers for buying American Eagle silver bullion coins
 
The U.S. Mint will no longer place limits on the number of silver American Eagle bullion coins that can be bought by one authorized purchaser.
 
"We are pleased to announce that effective Monday, June 2, 2014, we will no longer be on allocations for the American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin Program,” an alert from the U.S. Mint to its authorized purchasers sent on May 30 reads. "Authorized Purchasers will be allowed to purchase as many American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins as they wish. The United States Mint will continue to monitor its Silver Eagle Bullion Coin demand and adjust its bullion coin production accordingly."
 
For more about this announcement, please see Mint lifts restrictions

June 4, 2014: Obsolete $5 note issued by an Amherst, MA, bank is a tangible reminder of a scandalous theft in the 1800s
 
Nearly 10 years ago, Whitman Publishing Co. set me on the Owl Creek Project, as publisher Dennis Tucker code-named it (from a wise-looking owl shown on the notes of the Owl Creek Bank of Mount Vernon, Ohio, 1816).
 
The goal is to list every state-chartered bank that issued paper money from the late 18th century to 1866, to list all known notes with estimated rarities and prices, and to give a short history of each bank. About 17 volumes are in the offing! Today, Caitlyn Mitchell, a Whitman editor, is immersed full-time in it. Volumes 1 and 2 will make a debut at the June 12 to 15 International Paper Money Show in Memphis, Tenn. Details can be found on the Whitman website.
 
For more about this theft, please see Obsolete $5 note

June 3, 2014: Gold Persian coin of Mithradatic war highlights Classical Numismatic Group May 14 auction
 
A circa September to October 74 B.C. gold stater issued by a Persian king realized a $30,000 hammer price, three times its estimate, in Classical Numismatic Group’s Auction No. 96. The auction closed May 14. The buyer’s fee ranges from 17.5 to 20 percent, depending on bidding method.
 
The coin, issued by King of Pontos, Mithradates VI Eupator, and struck at the Pergamon Mint, is one of two examples known of the ruler's last stater issue. The coin was likely issued during preparations for the Third Mithradatic War, which pitted the Persian king against Rome after the establishment of a new Roman province of Bithynia (located along the Black Sea in modern Turkey) when Nikomedes IV of Bithynia died and bequeathed his kingdom to Rome.
 
For more about this coin, please see 74 B.C. gold stater

June 2, 2014: Whitman to introduce first two volumes of obsolete note encyclopedia June 12 at IPMS in Memphis
 
The International Paper Money Show in Memphis, Tenn., will be the site for the release on June 12 of the first two volumes of a planned multivolume encyclopedia on obsolete paper money.
 
The first volume of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money: An Introduction for Collectors and Historians by Q. David Bowers is a 288-page overview of the hobby and a focused discussion of the topic.
 
For more about this book, please see Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money

May 30, 2014: President Obama signs legislation authorizing congressional gold medal for Doolittle Raiders
 
President Barack Obama opened Memorial Day activities on May 23 by signing into law legislation authorizing congressional gold medals honoring the Doolittle Raiders of World War II and American Fighter Aces.
 
The bill signings capped an active numismatic week in Washington, which witnessed congressional approval of at least four congressional gold medal bills. In addition to the two bills signed by the president, two other congressional gold medal bills were passed by both houses of Congress just before the Memorial Day weekend, with at least one of them confirmed as having been sent to the president for his signature.
 
For the rest of this story, please see Doolittle Raiders

May 30, 2014: PCGS Secure AU-55 bronze 1943 Lincoln cent brings $329,000 in May 22 auction in Las Vegas
 
A bronze 1943 Lincoln cent graded Professional Coin Grading Service Secure About Uncirculated 55 brought $329,000 in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ May 22 sale in Las Vegas.
 
The coin was one of 487 lots of United States coins from half cents through gold $20 double eagles, plus commemorative coins and gold nuggets, offered. The sale was conducted in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show.
 
For more on this coin, please see Bronze 1943 Lincoln

May 29, 2014: National Coin Week winners announced
 
Hobbyists across North America celebrated 2014 National Coin Week, April 20-26, with the theme "Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service." Activities and promotional materials celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar and President John F. Kennedy's famous call to civic and community service: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
 
ANA member Charles Corrado is the grand prize winner in the ANA Member Volunteer Challenge. Corrado won a 2014 American Eagle quarter ounce proof coin for documenting his efforts volunteering with the environmental organization "Friends of the San Pedro River" (www.sanpedroriver.org). Second prize, a 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 proof silver dollar and 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters proof set, was awarded to Jenna Van Valen for her volunteer work at St. Mary's Home for Boys (www.stmaryshomeforboys.org ) in Oregon. Third prize, a 1996 National Community Service proof silver dollar and 2014 quarters proof set, went to Ernest DiMeglio for his efforts in helping visually impaired veterans at a Veteran Affairs Clinic in New Jersey. Entries for the Member Volunteer Challenge can be seen on the ANA's blog, The Exchange.
 
For more on this announcement, please see National Coin Week winners

May 29, 2014: $1,575 the price set by the U.S. Mint for the gold 2014 American Eagle Uncirculated coins released May 22
 
The Uncirculated 2014-W American Eagle 1-ounce gold coin is available to order on the U.S. Mint website for $1,575. The coins are collector versions of the Mint’s American Eagle gold bullion coins. They feature Augustus Saint-Gaudens' full-length portrait of Liberty on its obverse, and Miley Busiek’s male eagle flying above a female eagle and her nest of eaglets on its reverse.
 
"The 22-karat gold coin is struck on specially burnished blanks and has a finish similar to its bullion counterpart,” a May 15 U.S. Mint release states.
 
For more on this announcement, please see $1,575 is the price

May 28, 2014: Market Analysis: Examining three coins at $100, $500 and $1,000 at Heritage's Newman IV auction
 
The fourth auction by Heritage of Eric P. Newman’s enviable holdings focused on Early American and Colonial coins. While the auction realized more than $11 million and was headlined by two rarities that each brought $1.41 million, many more affordable coins could be found within the nearly 700 lots. Here are three coins that sold at reasonable price levels that have great stories to tell.
 
Undated George Washington, Double Head cent, Fine Details, Rim Damage, $117.50. Washington pieces are medals, tokens and proposals for circulating coins dated from 1783 to 1795. Many were of English origin and were produced later than the dates indicate. All depict George Washington.
 
For more on this story, please see Market Analysis

May 27, 2014: Money Museum presents new exhibit: 'Treasures of the Deep'
 
COLORADO SPRINGS — The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will present a new exhibit, "Treasures of the Deep: Galleons, Storms and Archeology," telling the story of the world's greatest shipwrecks, the treasures they carried and the efforts to preserve the shipwreck sites. The exhibit opens on June 5 with a free Open House.
 
"This exhibit focuses not only on the romance of sunken treasure, but also on the exciting process of rediscovering and recovering treasure from the ocean floor," said Douglas Mudd, curator for the Money Museum. "A big part of the story is the science involved in rediscovering these wrecks, which are time capsules that preserve the history of seafaring."
 
For more on this announcement, please see Treasures of the Deep

May 27, 2014: Three ancient Greek sea turtle silver staters highlight Harlan J. Berk's 190th Buy or Bid sale
 
Several high quality ancient Greek coins depicting sea turtles highlight Chicago firm Harlan J. Berk’s 190th Buy or Bid sale.
 
Lots 76 to 78 are described collectively in the catalog as “Three Incredible Sea Turtles” and the three pieces from Aegina date from 480 to 446 B.C.E. Aegina is a small island, midway between Attica and the Peloponnese. It was situated on a key trade route and Aegina sea turtle coins were popular trade coins in the ancient Greek world.
 
For more on these coins, please see Greek sea turtle

May 26, 2014: Collector of paper money with 50 years of experience offers advice to those new to the hobby
 
Someone with 50 years of collecting experience is someone most collectors would enjoy meeting. Well-known writer, researcher and speaker Wendell Wolka has been collecting paper for more than 50 years. And what specific paper notes does he collect? The better question might be what he has yet to collect.
 
To name just a few of his past paper money interests: Indiana national bank notes; French and French colonial notes; and Canadian chartered bank notes.
 
For more on this collector, please see Collector of paper money

May 26, 2014: After 50 years of circulation, how much do you know about the Kennedy half dollar?
 
One of this year’s most eagerly anticipated releases from the U.S. Mint is a special version of the Kennedy half dollar being issued to commemorate the coin’s 50th anniversary.
 
While it has been reported that a .9999 fine gold version of the half dollar struck at the West Point Mint will be offered, the United States Mint has made no official announcement of the program nor set any release date. Details about this coin are scant at best.
 
For more on this coin, please see Kennedy half dollar

May 23, 2014: Rarely seen 1916 Winged Liberty Head pattern dime featured in Bonhams June 2 auction
 
A pattern 1916 Winged Liberty Head dime is one of the highlights of Bonhams’ June 2 auction in Los Angeles.
 
At first glance the design reveals few differences from the circulation strikes. Indeed, it’s this similarity of the pattern piece to regular issue 1916 Winged Liberty Head dimes (or Mercury dimes, as the design is frequently called) that likely allowed this example to circulate for years before being spotted by a sharp-eyed collector.
 
For more on this coin, please see Winged Liberty Head pattern dime

May 23, 2014: Washington pieces popular in late 18th century: Double Head cent brings $117.50 at Newman IV
 
Washington pieces are medals, tokens and proposals for circulating coins dated from 1783 to 1795. Many were of English origin and were produced later than the dates indicate. All depict George Washington.
 
It’s a popular collecting area and more than a dozen distinct types are available in well-worn condition at around the $100 level. Such is the case with this undated George Washington cent, popularly called the “Double Head” type since Washington’s profile portrait in military dress with a wreath crowning his head is depicted on both sides.
 
For more on this find, please see Washington Double Head cent

May 22, 2014: A most remarkable find: SS Central America wreck site littered with treasure trove of gold ingots
 
The most significant finds historically at the SS Central America wreck were probably the hundreds of gold ingots cast by private assayers in California. Until the Central America discoveries, original California Gold Rush ingots were virtually unknown. Almost all had been melted and turned into coins after being shipped from the gold fields to the East.
 
Five firms were represented among the nearly 500 ingots found at the wreck site during the 20th century salvage — Blake and Company (34 ingots found), Kellogg & Humbert (343 ingots recovered), Justh and Hunter (85 ingots found), Harris, Marchand & Company (37 ingots found), and Henry Hentsch (33 ingots found). All of the firms were known previously, but the discovery of so many ingots helped researchers like Bob Evans and Q. David Bowers understand the
 
For more on this find, please see A most remarkable find

May 21, 2014: Understanding coins graded ‘Shipwreck effect’: silver coins usually harmed after decades in salty sea waters
 
When it comes to shipwrecks, gold coins have it lucky when compared to silver coins.
 
Gold is not particularly reactive and many properly conserved gold coins show virtually no evidence of their shipwreck status. For example, many of the gold coins from the SS Republic and the SS Central America were conserved to current market grading standards and have enjoyed a robust secondary market in the past decade.
 
For more on this difference, please see Shipwreck effect

May 20, 2014: Wonders of the ancient world: Lighthouse of Alexandria a popular subject on ancient coins
 
One of the longest surviving of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Lighthouse or Pharos of Alexandria, is featured on coinage that is the most readily available and affordable. Some of what is known today about the lighthouse can be traced to its many appearances on coinage.
 
The Lighthouse of Alexandria was located on a small island called Pharos near the city of Alexandria. It was completed around 270 B.C. during the reign of Ptolemy II, who also built the famous Library of Alexandria. The massive lighthouse was designed by architect Sostratos of Knidos
 
For more on this icon, please see The Lighthouse of Alexandria

May 19, 2014: Hands Across the Border: ANA, RCNA team up to promote shows
 
* Editor's note: An earlier version of this press release contained two inaccuracies. August 2014 will be the RCNA's 61st Anniversary Convention. ANA and RCNA members will get free admission to the 123rd World's Fair of Money in Chicago with a valid ANA or RCNA membership card. ANA members will also receive free admission to the RCNA 61st Anniversary Convention with a valid ANA membership card.
The American Numismatic Association and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association are teaming up to promote their conventions in August 2014. The ANA's World's Fair of MoneySM will be held August 5-9 in Chicago (Rosemont). RCNA's 60th Anniversary Convention will be the following week, August 13-16, in Toronto (Mississauga).
 
ANA and RCNA members will get free admission to the 123rd World's Fair of Money in Chicago as well as the 60th Anniversary Convention with a valid ANA or RCNA membership card.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Hands Across the Border

May 19, 2014: Discovery example of Series 1882 $10 Date Back national bank note ‘hiding’ in plain sight
 
The discovery of a previously unknown note illustrates why it is important to look carefully at details.
 
The Series 1882 $10 Date Back national bank note, issued for the First National Bank of Hereford (Texas), bears the previously unknown signature combination of Judson W. Lyons and Charles H. Treat.
 
For more on this note, please see Series 1882 $10 Date Back

May 19, 2014: California couple stumbles upon multi-million-dollar hoard of United States gold coins
 
While the world's oceans and waterways have yielded valuable treasures from shipwrecks, treasures are also found on solid ground.
 
The Saddle Ridge Hoard was found secreted within eight metal canisters buried in California’s gold country. The majority of the coins are Coronet $20 double eagles struck at the San Francisco Mint from 1855 to 1894. Overall, coins in the hoard range in date from 1847 to 1894.
 
For more on this treasure, please see The Saddle Ridge Hoard

May 16, 2014: Norman Rockwell 1971 painting 'The Collector' set for May 22 Christie's auction in New York City
 
To those who favor traditional, realist painting, Norman Rockwell is the quintessential 20th century American painter.
 
He’s best known for creating more than 800 magazine covers, most notably for The Saturday Evening Post. His works are among the most expensive American art at auction and over the past several decades he has transcended the illustration art category. Christie’s calls him “perhaps the greatest visual mass communicator of the twentieth century” and his images of American life speak to a global audience today.
 
For more on this painting, please see Norman Rockwell

May 16, 2014: ‘Double rims’ and false rims arise in many circumstances
 
In numismatics the term “rim” is a nonspecific nightmare. Virtually any elevation at the perimeter of a coin or planchet has been designated a rim. The two legitimate types of rims are outnumbered by a plethora of false rims that represent manufacturing defects. True rims themselves need to be distinguished by appropriate terminology.
 
The first rim to form in the coin production process is generated when a blank passes through the upsetting mill. This device rolls and squeezes a blank to a smaller diameter while simultaneously pushing up the perimeter to form a low “proto-rim.” Once the proto-rim has formed, the unstruck disc of coin metal is called a planchet.
 
For more on this condition, please see Double rims

May 15, 2014: Get ready for big, exciting changes to Money.org
 
Over the next couple of weeks, you'll begin to notice some major changes to Money.org. That's because we're just about ready to launch the ANA's new Association Management System. The beta version of the new website will be coming out later this summer. But first, let's look at the immediate changes coming to Money.org.
 
The old Association Management System will be taken offline on Thursday night (May 15). The AMS is the tool that allows members to log in to the Members-Only section, pay dues and set email preferences. It's also the tool that stores all dealer and club data that is used in the club and dealer directories.
 
For more on these changes, please see Changes to Money.org

May 15, 2014: Perth Mint’s 2014 silver bullion dollar coin for Australian saltwater crocodile expands bullion program
 
The Perth Mint on May 12 launched a new 1-ounce .9999 fine silver bullion coin, celebrating the Australian Saltwater Crocodile.
 
The coin’s reverse features a large saltwater crocodile with its mouth open, displaying its sharp teeth. It also features the inscription AUSTRALIAN SALTWATER CROCODILE, the 2014 year-date and coin specifications, as well as the Perth Mint’s "P" Mint mark. The Perth Mint has not disclosed the reverse designer's name.
 
For more on this coin, please see 2014 silver bullion dollar

May 14, 2014: Market Analysis: Three highlights of 2014 CSNS auction with great stories to share
 
At major auctions like the recently concluded sales held by Heritage in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Schaumburg, Ill., at the end of April, some coins are expensive and easy to discover and write about.
 
For this sale, it was a terrific collection of Mint State Morgan silver dollars and a stellar collection of pioneer gold coins. Both of these collections were profiled in the May 19 issue of Coin World.
 
For more on these stories, please see Three highlights of 2014 CSNS auction

May 13, 2014: Italy honors 2,000th anniversary of emperor Augustus’ death on commemorative silver 10-euro coin
 
A new coin released May 7 by the Italian State Mint honors the 2,000th anniversary of the death of one of the most famous Roman emperors, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (who was later proclaimed Augustus in 27 B.C.). The ruler founded the Roman Empire and, as its first emperor, ruled for the longest period in Roman history.
 
A new Proof .925 fine silver 10-euro coin shows on the obverse a veiled bust of Augustus from a marble statue in the National Roman Museum, and details from the friezes decorating the Ara Pacis, the Altar of Peace, in Rome, on the reverse.
 
For more on this coin, please see 2,000th anniversary of emperor Augustus’ death

May 12, 2014: Tea trade cards depicting world bank notes extends the fun of the hobby for a paper money collector
 
Almost every collector who has a bad case of the “disease” collects a number of different things. But then, well, there are some other things. I currently collect Midwestern obsolete notes, certain Confederate States of America notes, and a smattering of world notes that strike my fancy.
 
I also collect World War II German lottery tickets and winter welfare program notes, Indianapolis post cards, and German states taler and fractional taler coins that have city views.
 
For more on collecting, please see Trade cards

May 12, 2014: Private medals commemorate 1864 anniversary of religious motto In God We Trust on 2-cent coins
 
A medal in three metallic compositions is being privately issued in 2014 in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the use of “In God We Trust” on the nation’s coinage. The motto first appeared on United States coinage with the 2-cent coin in 1864.
 
The obverse and reverse designs of the high-relief medal were sculptured by Donald Everhart II, a sculptor-engraver on the engraving staff of the United States Mint in Philadelphia. The medal is a private commission.
 
For more on this medal, please see Private medals

May 9, 2014: Rare 1937 Edward VIII sovereign sets record for British coin
 
A Proof 1937 gold sovereign of Edward VIII established a new record price for a British coin in a May 8 auction, according to the auctioneer, A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd.
 
An anonymous floor bidder bought the coin, one of two examples known and the only one available individually, for £516,000 ($874,587.50 U.S.) including the 20 percent buyer’s fee. That is a record price for a British coin struck inside the United Kingdom, the auction house reports. The coin had an estimate of £250,000 to £300,000 (about $413,309 to $495,971 U.S.).
 
For more on this coin, please see Gold sovereign of Edward VIII

May 9, 2014: United States Mint's 2014 Uncirculated Coin set to be made available starting May 13
 
The U.S. Mint’s 2014 Uncirculated set will be available to the buying public in less than one week. The pair of 14-coin collections that include coins produced at the Mint's facilities in Denver and Philadelphia will go on sale at 12 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 13, according to the Mint.
 
Comprising each Mint's portion of the 2014 Uncirculated set are four Presidential dollar coins and one Native American dollar coin, five America the Beautiful quarter dollars, one Kennedy half dollar, one Roosevelt dime, one Jefferson 5-cent coin and one Lincoln cent.
 
For more on these coins, please see 2014 Uncirculated set

May 9, 2014: Collectors continue to add to census of struck, cast examples of counterfeit Capped Bust half dollars
 
The census of struck and cast contemporary counterfeit Capped Bust half dollars continues to grow. The April issue of the John Reich Journal, the official publication of the John Reich Collectors Society, illustrates several new finds reported to the Contemporary Counterfeit Capped Bust Half Collectors Club and posted on the group's website.
 
The census has been expanding at a faster pace since the 2010 publication of the second edition of author Keith Davignon's Contemporary Counterfeit Capped Bust Half Dollars.
 
For more on these counterfeit coins, please see Counterfeit Capped Bust half dollars

May 8, 2014: Odyssey Marine Exploration finds more gold treasure at the site of the SS Central America shipwreck
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration announced on May 5, 2014, that it has recovered nearly 1,000 ounces of gold during the first reconnaissance dive to the SS Central America shipwreck site on April 15.
 
According to the firm's press release, the gold recovered included five gold ingots and two Coronet $20 double eagles. One dated 1850 and another dated 1857-S.
 
For more on this find, please see More gold treasure

May 7, 2014: One of finest known examples of Eid Mar silver denarius highlights Goldberg auction June 3
 
One of the finest known examples of the most famous ancient Roman coin, and the only example certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., highlights Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles’ June 3 auction.
 
The circa late fall 42 B.C. silver denarius is known as the Eid Mar or “Ides of March” coin for the Latin legend EID MAR on the reverse. The reference is to the assassination of Caesar two years earlier, on March 15, 44 B.C.
 
For more on this coin, please see Eid Mar silver denarius

May 6, 2014: Green Sea Turtle gold coin from Downies' Endangered & Extinct series has 150-coin mintage
 
The fourth gold coin in Australian firm Downies’ Endangered & Extinct program is now available. The Proof .9999 fine gold $100 coin for Niue featuring the green sea turtle was issued May 1.
 
The annual issue follows coins for the Tasmanian tiger, wedge-tailed eagle and Tasmanian devil, in the series honoring vanishing and vanished animals. Previous issues have all sold out.
 
For more on these coins, please see Green Sea Turtle

May 5, 2014: Change in size of currency paper brings new collecting opportunity for paper money collectors
 
A change in the size of the paper used to print Series 2013 $1 Federal Reserve notes will provide collectors something new to look for in circulation.
 
The first U.S. paper money printed on 50-subject sheets was shipped by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to the Federal Reserve in April 2014.
 
For more on these notes, please see Size of currency paper

May 5, 2014: May 13 first day of sale for Bureau of Engraving and Printing's 2014 Triple Deuce set of three $2 FRNs
 
May 13 is the first day of sale for the 2014 $2 Triple Deuce set offered by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The sets are priced at $54.95 each.
 
The set features three $2 Federal Reserve notes: a Series 2003A note printed for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; a Series 2009 note printed for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a Series 2009 note printed for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
 
For more on these notes, please see 2014 $2 Triple Deuce set

May 5, 2014: 1906-O half dollar from Titanic victim realizes $20,974.45 in online auction
 
A 1906-O Barber silver half dollar recovered from a passenger who died in the Titanic sinking realized $20,974.45, including the 22.5 percent buyer’s fee, in an online Titanic-themed auction by RR Auction that closed April 24.
 
Englishman John W. Gill’s body was recovered by the cable ship CS Mackay-Bennett in the aftermath of the RMS Titanic’s sinking, and he was buried at sea. Numerous objects were recovered from his body and cataloged before being returned to his widow, including the silver coin, all of which were included in the inventory list prepared by the provincial coroner of Nova Scotia.
 
For more on this story, please see 1906-O half dollar

May 2, 2014: Sales of Saddle Ridge Hoard coins begin May 27 at charity benefit for Old SF Mint
 
The sale of the Saddle Ridge Hoard of 1,427 19th century U.S. gold coins unearthed in February 2013 in northern California will kick off May 27 with an auction to benefit the Old San Francisco Mint.
 
The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society will host an exclusive viewing of Saddle Ridge Hoard coins and artifacts at the Old Mint at 5th and Mission streets.
 
For more on these coins, please see Saddle Ridge Hoard

May 2, 2014: U.S. Mint's Calvin Coolidge $1 coin covers on sale beginning May 1
 
The quiet commander-in-chief who presided over much of our country’s longest party is front and center with the release of the latest presidential $1 coin cover from the U.S. Mint.
 
Calvin Coolidge, America’s 30th president, is featured on the obverse of the Uncirculated dollar coin that, mounted on a display card within an envelope featuring a “Flag for All Seasons” stamp, will go on sale May 1 at 12 p.m. ET, according to the Mint.
 
For more on this coin, please see Calvin Coolidge $1 coin

May 1, 2014: ANA announces coin recovery from 2007 museum theft
 
The American Numismatic Association has recovered a coin that was stolen in 2007 from the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum: an 1863 U.S. Indian Cent Pattern.
 
The 1863 U.S. Indian Cent Pattern Judd 302 is graded Pr-66CA. It was returned to the ANA by a collector who wishes to remain anonymous.
 
For more on this announcement, please see 2007 museum theft

May 1, 2014: Late Roman Empire gold coin surprises in Gorny & Mosch auction in Munich
 
An “extremely rare” gold solidus of Aelia verina, struck between A.D. 462 and 465, more than doubled its estimate in Gorny & Mosch’s March 10, 2014, auction of “high quality ancient coins.”
 
The Extremely Fine coin, sold in the firm’s auction No. 219, realized €54,050 ($74,993 U.S.), including the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee. The coin had an estimate of €25,000 ($34,687 U.S.).
 
For more on this coin, please see Roman Empire gold coin

May 1, 2014: A 22.66-ounce 'Lightning Bolt' of gold in its native form headlines Heritage's May 4 mineral auction
 
Most people think of gold in its refined state as a coin, a bar or a piece of jewelry. Few get the chance to see gold as it’s naturally formed.
 
On May 4, Heritage Auctions will offer in its mineral auction “The Lightning Bolt” – a nearly 10-inch-high formation of gold weighing 22.66 troy ounces.
 
For more on this gold piece, please see 'Lightning Bolt' of gold

April 30, 2014: Rarities near face value: London coin-buying stints fruitful
 
In my two most recent columns I told about nice times in London in the 1960s where I went to buy American, British and other coins. At the time, the British coin market was vastly different from that in America. The British market had no equivalents to Whitman folders, and collecting coins from circulation was not a popular hobby.
 
Even among specialists in British coins, little interest was shown in 20th century coins. Some stopped with the last issues of Queen Victoria in 1901, and others stopped with King William IV in 1836.
 
For more on this story, please see Rarities near face value

April 30, 2014: Collector pays $118,750 for example of Coinage Act of April 2, 1792, hand-signed by Thomas Jefferson
 
An example of the first printing of the Coinage Act of April 2, 1792, establishing a Mint and the dollar as legal tender of the United States sold for nearly $120,000 at auction April 8, 2014, by Swann Auction Galleries in New York.
 
The five-page document printed on three unbound sheets of paper and hand-signed by Thomas Jefferson as secretary of state on April 2, 1792, sold for $118,750 including the buyer’s fee. The document was estimated to sell at between $50,000 and $75,000.
 
For more on this item, please see Coinage Act of April 2, 1792

April 29, 2014: Royal Mint’s second silver £20-for-£20 coin to commemorate World War I anniversary
 
The Royal Mint will continue its new series of silver coins sold at face value, but the second coin in the series will feature a reduced mintage limit.
 
The 2014 coin, honoring the anniversary of World War I, is scheduled to be released in July, the Royal Mint announced April 24. The Royal Mint has not unveiled the design for the forthcoming coin.
 
For more on this coin, please see £20-for-£20 coin

April 29, 2014: Poland honors Pope John Paul II with four collector coins celebrating his canonization to sainthood
 
Pope John Paul II is being canonized April 27, and on April 15 the National Bank of Poland issued four coins honoring the new saint.
 
A circulating 2-zloty coin with a mintage of 1.6 million pieces is joined by three noncirculating Proof coins: a .925 fine silver 10-zloty coin, a .999 fine silver 500-zloty coin and a .900 fine gold 100-zloty coin.
 
For more on this coin, please see Pope John Paul II

April 28, 2014: 'King' of State Bank of Ohio notes brings $7,344 at auction
 
A State Bank of Ohio $50 obsolete note sold for more than $7,000 during the Currency Signature Auction by Heritage Auctions during the April 23 to 26 Central States Numismatic Society’s convention in Schaumburg, Ill.
 
The note, issued by the bank’s Delaware County Branch, is dated Jan. 1, 1846. It was among a selection of 403 Ohio obsolete notes from the Wendell Wolka Collection of Ohio obsolete notes offered April 23 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. All prices include the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.
 
For more on this story, please see 'King' of State Bank of Ohio note

April 28, 2014: Rare Chinese 10,000-yuan note from Ruth W. Hill Collection brings $199,750 in Heritage Auctions sale
 
A 10,000-yuan note from China, part of the Ruth W. Hill Collection, sold for $199,750 in an April 24 Heritage Auctions sale.
 
A portion of the Ruth W. Hill Collection of World Notes was sold in Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society convention auction, April 24, 2014, in Schaumburg, Ill.
 
For more on this story, please see Rare Chinese 10,000-yuan note

April 28, 2014: Canceled dies and cancellation dies are entirely different: Here's how they differ
 
Since 2003, the United States Mint has been crushing its Mint errors between heavy, knob-studded rollers, leaving the coins with a distinctive “waffled” arrangement of ridges and valleys. Other mints, like those in the eurozone, do the same thing.
 
Bulk destruction of defective coins makes economic sense. And yet some mints use a much more laborious process in which a pair of cancellation dies is employed to destroy each coin individually. In the March 25, 2013, “Collectors’ Clearinghouse” column I provided photographs of Indian silver-alloy coins (1-rupee piece and fractions thereof) that were defaced by studded dies that left each coin with a pattern of closely spaced diamond-shaped indentations.
 
For more on this story, please see Canceled dies and cancellation dies

April 28, 2014: Foreign counterfeit coin: 1919 gold sovereign a target for counterfeiters
 
Some counterfeit gold coins are much easier to spot than others, for a variety of reasons. The piece illustrated here, a purported 1919 gold sovereign, is a good example of an easy fake to detect.
 
First of all, there is no such thing as a 1919 gold sovereign from Great Britain. While gold sovereigns were struck in Ottawa (Canada), and Sydney, Perth and Melbourne (Australia) in 1919, no sovereigns were produced without a Mint mark, as with the British versions.
 
For more on this story, please see Foreign counterfeit coins

April 25, 2014: Ohio dealer reports counterfeit gold American Eagle made of base metal
 
A 2003 American Eagle 1-ounce gold bullion coin that an Ohio dealer received in a genuine 14-karat gold coin bezel from a customer has been identified as fake.
 
Donald Herres from Dollar Towne in Bellbrook, Ohio, said April 21 that he believes he received the piece from an unknown customer sometime earlier in the month.
 
For more on this story, please see Counterfeit gold American Eagle

April 25, 2014: BEP intaglio card in series honors U.S. Navy, continues 2014 'Defenders of Freedom' theme
 
The second of five intaglio prints saluting “Defenders of Freedom” is now available. The United States Navy is the design focus of this second print, offered by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Sales of the Navy print began April 14.
 
The BEP’s 2014 intaglio program design theme, “Defenders of Freedom,” is dedicated to the five branches of the United States Armed Forces: the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marines, United States Air Force and United States Coast Guard. Vignettes from many military payment certificates are being used as the design focus for the 8.5-inch by 11-inch intaglio prints. Also, each card features the insignia of the branch being honored.
 
For more on these cards, please see BEP intaglio cards

April 25, 2014: First 50-subject notes entering circulation; Series 2013 $1 FRNs from new sheet configuration
 
Collectors can be on the lookout for the first U.S. paper money printed on 50-subject sheets to be released into circulation — Series 2013 $1 Federal Reserve notes.
 
The shipment in April of notes from 50-subject sheets rather than the 32-subject sheets introduced in the 1950s is the culmination of more than a decade of testing and experimentation by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
 
For more on these notes, please see 50-subject notes

April 25, 2014: Proof 2014-W National Baseball Hall of Fame $5 gold coin not missing W Mint mark as some thought
 
A Proof 2014-W National Baseball Hall of Fame gold $5 half eagle believed by its owner to be missing the W Mint mark is not missing the Mint mark after all.
 
A spokesman for Numismatic Guaranty Corp., the third-party grading service to which the collector submitted the coin for examination and grading, confirmed to Coin World April 21 that the W Mint mark is indeed on the coin.
 
For more on these coins, please see Missing W Mint mark

April 24, 2014: Not all shipwreck coins are Spanish: English gold from famous wreck in Sedwick auction
 
Few coins are as alluring to collectors and noncollectors alike as those that are recovered from shipwrecks.
 
Literature abounds with tales of pirate treasure, gold doubloons, booty and the like, catching the interest of even the casual hobbyist. In these stories, and popular lore, we usually think of shipwreck coins as Spanish in origin, but that is not always so.
 
For more on these coins, please see Shipwreck coins

April 23, 2014: Anglo-Saxon silver coin found by metal detectorist highlights Dix Noonan Webb June 11 auction
 
A unique silver penny minted for Æthelberht II, found by metal detectorist Darrin Simpson in early March, highlights Dix Noonan Webb’s June 11 auction in London.
 
The 1,200-year-old coin is estimated to realize between £15,000 and £20,000 (about $25,104 to $33,472 U.S.).
 
For more on this story, please see Anglo-Saxon silver coin found

April 22, 2014: The Crispus conundrum: Heir to Constantine the Great dies mysteriously
 
In A.D. 326 one of the most unfortunate events in Roman history occurred.
 
That was when Crispus, the eldest son and promising heir of the Emperor Constantine I “the Great” (A.D. 307 to 337), was executed after having been condemned in a court of law. To merit that punishment he must have been convicted of something on the order of high treason, though details of the affair were as veiled then as they are today.
 
For more on this story, please see The Crispus conundrum

April 22, 2014: New Zealand Mint issues Disney-themed gold, silver collector coins struck by Perth Mint
 
The New Zealand Mint on April 17 launched its first silver and gold coins celebrating Disney characters, and within hours seems to have achieved a sellout for one of the coins.
 
The Proof quarter-ounce .999 fine gold $25 coin, one of two honoring the early Disney short "Steamboat Willie"(the first appearance of Mickey Mouse), may have sold out its 1,000 mintage limit within hours, as at press time neither the Perth Mint nor the New Zealand Mint had stock available. The Perth Mint listed the coin as “unavailable,” while the New Zealand Mint suggested that the item was “temporarily out of stock.”
 
For more on these coins, please see Disney-themed gold, silver collector coins

April 22, 2014: A Mexican silver coin in the ‘Red Book’? Classic Pillar dollar coveted by U.S. coin collectors
 
If there’s one classic Mexican coin that makes its way into U.S. coin collections, it’s the Pillar dollar or “piece of eight” struck at the Mexico City Mint in the 18th century.
 
The design features two globes, representing the Old and New worlds, between pillars, under a crown. The Spanish arms and denomination are found on the reverse.
 
For more on this coin, please see Classic Pillar dollar

April 21, 2014: Smithsonian Institution seeks volunteers to help digitize items in the National Numismatic Collection
 
The Smithsonian Institution is seeking volunteers at its transcription center to create digital images for online illustration of items in its museums, which includes the National Numismatic Collection at the National Museum of American History.
 
The current focus involving the National Numismatic Collection is to digitize the thousands of certified proofs for paper currency.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Smithsonian Institution seeks volunteers

April 21, 2014: Advertising notes of 19th century sometimes used a baseball-themed design to draw customers
 
The hobby of paper money can lay claim to a place in the baseball universe with advertising notes that used a baseball-theme in their designs.
 
Advertising notes were often issued by businesses, and most were “good fors” offering customers a discount as an incentive to buy. Throughout the late 1880s and 1890s, a number of businesses took advantage of the popularity of baseball to attract customers.
 
For more on these notes, please see Advertising notes

April 21, 2014: United States Mint's 2014 Silver Proof set sales start April 29
 
Sales for the 14-coin 2014-S Silver Proof set by the United States Mint are scheduled to begin at noon Eastern Time April 29.
 
The set is being offered at an initial price of $53.95 (less than the initial price of $67.95 for the 2013 set), but price is subject to change based on the price of silver. Seven of the coins in the set are made of .900 fine silver.
 
For more on these coins, please see 2014 Silver Proof set

April 21, 2014: Platinum Proof 2007-W American Eagle error in April 27 GreatCollections online auction
 
A quarter-ounce platinum Proof 2007-W American Eagle $25 coin confirmed struck with a reverse inscription frosted instead of mirrored is being offered by GreatCollections in a sale ending April 27.
 
Professional Coin Grading Service has graded the example being offered by GreatCollections as Proof 70 Deep Cameo.
 
For more on this coin, please see Platinum Proof 2007-W American Eagle error

April 21, 2014: Proof 1922 Peace, High Relief dollars, once owned by former United States Mint director, surface
 
A California woman says she doesn’t believe her dad ever knew the rarity or value of the two silver dollars given to him circa 1968 by the daughter of former U.S. Mint Director Raymond T. Baker.
 
The two coins that were part of her father’s estate are Matte Proof 1922 Peace, High Relief dollars, bringing the total number of known Proof examples to as many as 13 (sources differ on totals).
 
For more on this coin, please see Proof 1922 Peace, High Relief dollar

April 21, 2014: Smithsonian moving ahead with Gallery of Numismatic History tripling current space for NNC
 
Having met a project budget of $1.5 million for a new Gallery of Numismatic History, officials at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History are seeking additional funding to enhance future displays featuring the National Numismatic Collection.
 
“Should additional funding become available, other features could include a discovery cart with collections for hands-on learning and a custom designed vault door for the gallery entrance,” according to museum officials. “Exhibition elements will be updated to keep the experience fresh and exciting.”
 
For more on this story, please see Smithsonian moving ahead

April 21, 2014: ANA Road Show to exhibit 1913 Nickel, 1804 Dollar at Denver Coin Expo
 
The American Numismatic Association will exhibit the McDermott/Bebee 1913 Liberty Head "V" Nickel and the 1804 Dollar when the ANA Road Show makes its next stop at the Denver Coin Expo, May 9-11.
 
"The Denver Coin Expo is one of the most popular shows in the Rocky Mountain region, and we're excited to exhibit two of our most popular coins on Mother's Day weekend," said ANA Executive Director Kimberly Kiick. "We'd like to thank the Denver Coin Expo for sponsoring the ANA Road Show."
 
For more on this Expo, please see 1913 Nickel, 1804 Dollar

April 18, 2014: ABOUT VAMS
 
What has become known as VAM collecting is based on the work of Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis, authors of the Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan & Peace Dollars.
 
Before the 1950s, interest in some of the series' variations had peaked and waned several times, but Morgan dollars themselves weren't considered part of the mainstream by many people. Then, the Treasury Department releases in the 1950s and early 1960s of millions of Uncirculated dollars at face value made the coins cheap and readily available.
 
For more on VAMS, please see ABOUT VAMS

April 18, 2014: Barber silver half dollar recovered from Titanic passenger in online auction closing April 24
 
When Englishman John W. Gill was lost with the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, his death was a heartbreaking twist in a love story that continued even after he died.
 
The second-class passenger was traveling to America to create a new life and home for himself and his newlywed bride, Sarah, who had remained in England. When he died, the 24-year-old carried $43 in U.S. paper money and $4.60 in U.S. coins, as well as smaller amounts of British currency and his £13 ticket for fare.
 
For more on this story, please see Barber silver half dollar recovered from Titanic passenger

April 17, 2014: U.S. Mint plans launch of sales for Proof 2014-W American Buffalo gold $50 coins to begin May 8
 
Sales by the United States Mint for the Proof 2014-W American Buffalo 1-ounce .9999 fine gold $50 coin are scheduled to open at noon Eastern Time May 8.
 
Pricing for the coin will be announced closer to the launch date since pricing is tied to a pricing grid for precious metals coins and subject to fluctuation.
 
For more on this coin, please see Proof 2014-W American Buffalo gold $50 coin

April 17, 2014: 2014-P Shenandoah National Park 5-ounce silver quarter dollars set to make debut May 15 at $154.95
 
Collectors can begin ordering the Uncirculated 2014-P Shenandoah National Park 5-ounce silver quarter dollar beginning at noon Eastern Time May 15.
 
The price of each coin will start at $154.95. As with all other U.S. Mint numismatic coins struck from precious metals, the price is subject to change.
 
For more on this coin, please see 2014-P Shenandoah National Park 5-ounce silver

April 16, 2014: Money Museum to host exclusive presentation for EAC members
 
The American Numismatic Association will host a special program at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum on Friday, May 2, exclusively for attendees of the Early American Coppers Convention. The EAC Convention will be held in Colorado Springs at the Doubletree Hotel from May 1-4.
 
EAC members will get to participate in a private show-and-tell session with Money Museum Curator Douglas Mudd as well as explore the museum's three galleries and the Mini-Mint, where a special token will be minted for EAC attendees.
 
For more on this special program, please see Exclusive presentation for EAC members

April 16, 2014: Market Analysis: ‘Common’ date Lincoln, Wheat cents often costly in MS-67 red
 
Lincoln cents are preternaturally popular with collectors, and despite high mintages, many early dates are surprisingly rare in high grades with full Mint red color.
 
Collectors are increasingly putting pressure on top-graded survivors that have survived the decades with their original color, free of visually offensive carbon spots or contact marks.
 
For more on these coins, please see Wheat cents often costly in MS-67 red

April 15, 2014: Mozart, Salzburg star on new silver, copper coins from Austria
 
If coins could talk, Austria’s new commemoratives might just emit sounds of music.
 
The Austrian Mint on May 7 is releasing the fifth 10-euro coin, dated 2014, in a series honoring each of the provinces. The newest honoree, Salzburg, is both the birthplace of child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for the famed musical and movie The Sound of Music.
 
For more on this coin, please see Austria’s new commemorative

April 15, 2014: The World's Fair of Money... Kickoff Event
 
Full Biergarten Buffet — Enjoy classic pretzels, entrees, side dishes and desserts from Bavaria (includes 2 drinks and cash bar). Live entertainment by Infinity, one of the top '80s cover bands in the Chicago area. ANA members will have reserved seating close to the stage.
 
Presentation of the Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award. Located just one block west of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont at MB Financial Park.
 
For more on this event, please see Kickoff Event

April 14, 2014: Rare pattern cent, off-center double eagle in Heritage Platinum Night auction
 
The only currently known 1942 Lincoln cent pattern struck in aluminum, with a plain edge, is one of the 483 lots to be offered during Heritage Auctions’ April 24 Platinum Night in Schaumburg, Ill.
 
The pattern cents of 1942 are split into two groups — those modeled after the Colombian 2-centavo coin, and those bearing the regular Lincoln cent designs.
 
For more on this coin, please see Rare pattern cent

April 14, 2014: Mint seeks stakeholder input into possible changes to U.S. coins
 
The United States Mint posted notice April 10 in the Federal Register seeking written comment from coin industry leaders whose enterprises have a vested interest in whether the metallic composition of circulating U.S. coins is changed.
 
These “stakeholders” have 60 days from the date of the notice to submit their written comments to the bureau’s Office of Coin Studies.
 
For more on this notice, please see Composition of circulating U.S. coins

April 11, 2014: Summer Seminar adds 'Spousetivities': Daily excursions just for spouses and family members
 
The American Numismatic Association's premier educational event, Summer Seminar, will offer non-numismatic day trips as part of the 2014 event. The "Spousetivities" program is designed to give family members fun activities while their favorite numismatist is in class.
 
"We want to recognize the family members who are here supporting their numismatists. These activities are a chance for ANA spouses to connect with each other while their family members are in class," said Amber Bradish, ANA education assistant.
 
For more on this Summer Seminar, please see 'Spousetivities'

April 11, 2014: Digging for Dollars
 
The stars of the National Geographic Channel's popular "Diggers" series will teach a one-day metal-detecting workshop on Friday, June 27, during the ANA Summer Seminar. The show's hosts, Tim "The Ringmaster" Saylor and "King" George Wyant, will share their best tips on finding old coins hidden in the soil.
 
The hands-on course "Digging for Dollars" will take place at a privately owned location 45 minutes west of Colorado Springs. The class will provide information about tools and accessories, including types of metal detectors; metal-detecting ethics; how to scout for promising locations; and how to contact metal-detecting clubs. Transportation and lunch will be provided.
 
For more on this workshop, please see Digging for Dollars

April 11, 2014: RCM issues Canada’s first ‘$50 for $50’ coin, honoring polar bears
 
Following the success of the Royal Canadian Mint’s “$20 for $20” coin program and the nascent “$100 for $100” program, the RCM on April 2 announced another similar offering, a silver $50 coin sold at its face value.
 
The 2014 Wildlife Conservation Polar Bear .999 fine silver coin bears a Matte Proof finish and is limited to mintage of 100,000 coins. It contains 15.87 grams (half-ounce) of silver and measures 34 millimeters in diameter.
 
For more on this coin, please see ‘$50 for $50’ coin

April 11, 2014: Grant helps in implementation of Roman Imperial catalog by ANS, New York University
 
In collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the American Numismatic Society has released a new version of Online Coins of the Roman Empire with the help of a $300,000 grant.
 
The ANS and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World received the grant from the Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant, made as part of the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, will provide for the full implementation of the Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project, according to an April 4 press release.
 
For more on this story, please see Roman Imperial catalog

April 11, 2014: Counterfeiters' paradise
 
The Indian Head gold $2.50 quarter eagles and half eagles have been favorites of counterfeiters for as long as I have been working as an authenticator.
 
Something about the incuse design causes problems for many collectors when they attempt to identify fakes – even veteran numismatists and dealers have trouble with these pieces at times.
 
For more on this story, please see Counterfeiters' paradise

April 11, 2014: 1804 dollar book provides new info on 'King of American Coins'
 
New findings about the famed 1804 Draped Bust dollar will be announced at 6 p.m. Central Time April 24 by numismatist and author Mark Ferguson during the release of his new book, The Dollar of 1804 – The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret.
 
The book release is being held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society's 75th Anniversary Convention at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.
 
For more on this book, please see 1804 dollar book

April 11, 2014: 1804 dollar book provides new info on 'King of American Coins'
 
New findings about the famed 1804 Draped Bust dollar will be announced at 6 p.m. Central Time April 24 by numismatist and author Mark Ferguson during the release of his new book, The Dollar of 1804 – The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret.
 
The book release is being held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society's 75th Anniversary Convention at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.
 
For more on this book, please see 1804 dollar book

April 11, 2014: Doubled dies continue, cents quarter dollars offer results
 
Another classic Lincoln cent doubled die variety crossed my desk this past month thanks to Coin World reader Marvin L. Young. Young submitted a 1982 Lincoln, Large Date copper cent with a bold obverse doubled die. A strong Class V clockwise spread from a pivot near the rim at approximately 5:00 shows on IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY.
 
This is a well-known and well-documented variety. It is in my files as 1982 1¢ WDDO-002.
 
For more on these coins, please see Doubled die varieties

April 10, 2014: Money Museum hosts free event to celebrate National Coin Week
 
The American Numismatic Association and the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will celebrate National Coin Week during the week of April 20-26 with a host of family-friendly activities, including an open house with free admission and special events on Saturday, April 26.
 
The theme for this year's event is "Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service," and activities will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar and President John F. Kennedy's famous challenge: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
 
For more on this story, please see Money Museum hosts free event

April 10, 2014: CCAC recommends replacement design for reverse of silver American Eagles
 
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended April 8 a proposed design, with modifications, to replace the Heraldic Eagle reverse that has appeared on American Eagle silver coins since 1986.
 
From a list of 16 designs, culled from 44, depicting eagles considered for previous U.S. coin and medal programs, the advisory panel selected one that was originally submitted for possible use on the 2015 United States Marshals Service gold $5 half eagle, but was not recommended by either advisory panel for use in that program.
 
For more on these coins, please see Silver American Eagles

April 10, 2014: Some silver commemorative half dollars, even from 1892 and the 1950s, available near bullion levels
 
Surprisingly, just two half dollars of the modern commemorative era are composed of 90 percent silver: the first was the 1982 silver half dollar honoring the 250th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The next silver commemorative half dollar was the 1993 Bill of Rights coin. All others have been made of copper-nickel clad.
 
The production of the silver Washington half dollar was a triumphant return for the U.S. Mint’s commemorative coin program, which had started off strong in 1892 with silver half dollars dated 1892 and 1893 celebrating the World’s Columbian Exposition. After six decades, the program ended on a somewhat lackluster note in 1954 with the final Booker T. Washington-George Washington Carver half dollar, a coin first introduced in 1946.
 
For more on these coins, please see Silver commemorative half dollars

April 9, 2014: Coin and country: National Coin Week theme
 
Colonial paper money abounds with bills that fit nicely in the theme of this year’s National Coin Week, “Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service,” April 20 to 26.
 
Paul Revere printed the bills that paid the soldiers who fought at Bunker Hill. John Dunlap printed Philadelphia bills the year after he set the Declaration of Independence into print on the night of July 4, 1776. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin printed paper money for Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in his own name from 1728 to 1746.
 
For more on this coin, please see National Coin Week

April 9, 2014: 1859 Indian Head cent obverse die cap is striking
 
A striking error on an 1859 Indian Head cent is a "striking" coin in the other sense of the word, both in appearance and in price. The coin brought $23,500 in Heritage Auctions' March 21 and 23, 2014, sale in San Francisco.
 
The coin is a form of error called a "die cap," one of the more desirable error types and almost always very visually appealing. The existence of such an error on a classic U.S. coin like the first-year-of-issue Indian Head cent only adds to its appeal.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1859 Indian Head

April 9, 2014: Kraljevich purchases Dupré archive in Bonhams auction
 
An archive of various items from Augustin and Narcisse Dupré realized $351,000 at an April 2 Bonhams auction in New York City. It was purchased by researcher, dealer and Coin World columnist John Kraljevich Jr. The archive of more than 200 items carried an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.
 
The Frenchman Augustin Dupré, who lived from 1748 to 1833, is perhaps best known to U.S. collectors for creating the Libertas Americana medal, which was an important influence in early U.S. coin design.
 
For more on this story, please see Kraljevich

April 8, 2014: Austria issues a new coin for polar bear exhibition opening at Vienna Zoo
 
Austria’s newest commemorative coin celebrates the opening of a new polar bear enclosure at Schönbrunn Zoo, which is scheduled to be ready this summer.
 
The Uncirculated .800 fine silver 5-euro coin is available beginning April 9.
 
For more on this coin, please see Austria issues a new coin

April 8, 2014: Canada’s Millennium 25¢ series yields Type II counterclashes
 
The Type II counterclash is one of the rarest and most desirable forms of die damage.
 
It transpires when a hard object is struck on one or both faces. Afterward, the object remains behind in the striking chamber but comes to rest in a different location. When the object is struck again, the raised design produced during the first strike is transferred back to the field portion of the die, leaving a set of incuse, mirror-image design elements. Every planchet struck thereafter carries an extra set of raised, normally oriented design elements in an unexpected location.
 
For more on this error, please see Type II counterclashes

April 8, 2014: Rare Russian silver coins found among worn common coins
 
A group of rare 19th century Russian silver coins discovered among a large group of mostly worn common coins sent to Morton & Eden in London for valuation will be sold at auction June 10, 2014.
 
Contained in old, small, paper envelopes, amongst hundreds of others holding coins of minimal value, were 39 minor Russian silver coins of the early 19th century in what is described as amazing condition. The coins had been sent to Morton & Eden for sale by a descendant of an eastern European family whose members had emigrated many years ago to the United States, according to the auction firm.
 
For more on these coins, please see Rare Russian silver coins

April 7, 2014: Life in the south in the 1800s can be chronicled in paper money designs
 
Life in the southern United States in the 1800s are chronicled in designs on paper money. Many of those designs depict agricultural vignettes as a way to enshrine the importance of agriculture at the center of daily life.
 
But there are plenty of other designs, some allegorical representations of a patriotic Southern spirit “conquering” Northern forces, and some depicting people alive at that time who were important to the cause of the Confederate States of America.
 
For more on this story, please see Life in the south

April 7, 2014: Heritage to offer world notes during April CSNS convention
 
More than 700 lots of world notes will be offered April 24, 2014, during the Heritage World Currency Signature Auction scheduled during the Central States Numismatic Society 75th Anniversary Convention April 23 to 26 in Schaumburg, Ill.
 
Two named collections of world notes will be offered — the Ruth W. Hill Collection and the Northern Lights Collection.
 
For more on this announcement, please see World notes offered

April 7, 2014: Anti-fraud group issues report about coin funds recovered in 2013
 
The Numismatic Consumer Alliance Inc. helped recover nearly $1 million during 2013 for consumers who were victims of unscrupulous coin sales, according to John Albanese, founder and president of the not-for-profit watchdog organization.
 
NCA has now recovered more than $8 million since it began in 2005 — an average of about $1 million annually — for unwitting and often unknowledgeable buyers who were induced to purchase grossly overpriced coins, Albanese said.
 
For more on this report, please see Anti-fraud group

April 4, 2014: Proof 2014 silver American Eagle sales soar above 2013 levels
 
With just over three months gone in calendar year 2014, the U.S. Mint has already sold more than 51 percent of the total number of single Proof American Eagle silver dollars recorded for all of 2013.
 
The single-option Proof 2014-W silver American Eagle went on sale Jan. 23.
 
For more on this story, please see Silver American Eagle sales soar

April 4, 2014: Gold 2014 Baseball coins sell out within days
 
With barely a week of sales elapsed for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins, the Proof and Uncirculated $5 gold half eagles have sold out, with the silver dollars not far behind. Sales began at noon Eastern Time March 27.
 
Sales by the United States Mint of the Proof and Uncirculated Baseball silver dollars reached slightly less than their legislated maximum authorization.
 
For more on this story, please see Gold 2014 Baseball coins sell out

April 4, 2014: LSCC author describes use of 1841 Seated Liberty dollar aboard ship
 
Numismatist Dennis Fortier describes his recent experiences in the placement of an 1841 Seated Liberty dollar beneath one of the new masts on a 19th century sailing vessel, the Charles W. Morgan.
 
Fortier, writing in the March 2014 issue of The Gobrecht Journal, official publication of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, explains how the coin was chosen to be placed beneath one of the vessel's three masts.
 
For more on this story, please see 1841 Seated Liberty dollar

April 3, 2014: New York Federal Reserve stores world gold reserves
 
Twenty-five percent of the world's gold reserves are held in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
 
In an article in the Spring 2014 issue of the Central States Numismatic Society's journal, The Centinel, writer Jeff Burke explains that "even though Fort Knox [Gold Bullion Depository] and [the] West Point [Mint] hold the lion's share of U.S. gold reserves, no other depository in the world stores as much gold as the New York Fed vault."
 
For more on this story, please see World gold reserves

April 3, 2014: Pre-1965 90 percent silver coins popular way to own silver
 
The past few months have been rather quiet for precious metals with gold prices hovering comfortably at the $1,250 to $1,350 an ounce level for most of the past two months. Silver has been equally sleepy, hovering at the $19 to $22 level in February and March.
 
This relative stability has made some people more comfortable investing in gold and silver, but where’s a good place to start?
 
For more on this story, please see 90 percent silver coins

April 2, 2014: One thing leads to another: Bottle links to Civil War token
 
Among other collecting hobbies, the study of historic bottles is very dynamic. Many bottles have direct connections to numismatics.
 
Steinfeld’s French Cognac Bitters were advertised on encased postage stamps issued in 1862 and 1863. As this was a patent medicine, it was popular with preachers and temperance advocates, never mind that its main ingredient was alcohol!
 
For more on this story, please see Bottle links to Civil War token

April 1, 2014: Reddite crown realizes $657,818 in Spink auction
 
One of the most famous of all British crown coins established two records when it sold for £396,000 (about $657,818 U.S.) in Spink’s March 27 auction in London.
 
The sale price (it includes the 20 percent buyer’s fee) surpassed the previous record-holder for an English crown coin, a Petition crown from the same former collection. The Reddite crown in the March 27 sale also established a record price for an English silver coin, according to Ed Rivers of Spink.
 
For more on this story, please see Reddite crown

April 1, 2014: Finland’s new coin commemorates coin collecting
 
Coin collectors receive their due on a new coin from the Mint of Finland. The Mint of Finland announced March 28 that a new Proof gold €100 coin would commemorate the first Finnish mark coin and the hobby of coin collecting.
 
The coin is scheduled to be released April 11 and is the only Finnish gold coin to be struck in 2014.
 
For more on this story, please see Coin commemorates coin collecting

March 31, 2014: CFA revises design review process to follow lead of CCAC
 
The Commission of Fine Arts is moving toward a process that should make its recommendations more like those of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
 
Meeting in Washington March 20, the CFA — the federal government’s oldest coin review panel — invoked the new process as it informally reviewed designs for 11 coins and one medal.
 
For more on this story, please see CCAC

March 31, 2014: Counterfeiter's paradise: Indian gold $2.50, $5 favorites
 
The Indian Head gold $2.50 quarter eagles and half eagles have been favorites of counterfeiters for as long as I have been working as an authenticator.
 
Something about the incuse design causes problems for many collectors when they attempt to identify fakes — even veteran numismatists and dealers have trouble with these pieces at times.
 
For more on this story, please see Counterfeiter's paradise

March 31, 2014: Market Analysis: Gold coins headline $8.9M Bently auction
 
Heritage’s San Francisco auction of the collection of entrepreneur Donald E. Bently realized $8.9 million on March 20. Although a Mint State 63 1927-D Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle was the runaway leader at $1,292,500, the nearly 600 lots offered many more-reasonably priced examples.
 
Here are a few selections of examples of rare issues in the lower Mint State grades of MS-60 and MS-61. Coins in this grade are often not unattractive, but generally have either a weak or uneven strike, many contact marks or dull luster.
 
For more on this story, please see Market Analysis

March 29, 2014: Learn the art of metal detecting with stars of 'Diggers'
 
The stars of the hit TV show "Diggers," Tim "The Ringmaster" Saylor and George "King George" Wyant, will teach a one-day workshop, "Digging for Dollars," at this year's Summer Seminar. The workshop will be held June 27, the Friday between Session 1 and 2 of Summer Seminar.
 
Saylor and Wyant will teach the basics of metal detecting and share tips on how to find old coinage in the ground. The workshop will be held on private property in the area.
 
For more on this story, please see Metal detecting

March 28, 2014: New variety identified for 1855 Wass, Molitor gold $20 pioneer coin
 
Experts in pioneer gold coinage have identified a previously unknown pairing of obverse and reverse dies for an 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co., Large Head $20 coin.
 
The coin bears the obverse used for one known variety and the reverse found on another known variety. The combination of these two dies make for a new die marriage or die variety that had not been previously identified.
 
For more on this find, please see New variety 1855 Molitor

March 28, 2014: NGC, PCGS offer special Baseball coin labels
 
Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and Professional Coin Grading Service will have special grading labels for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.
 
Among the special labels, both grading services will identify the coins sold by the Mint at its booth at the Whitman Baltimore Coin & Collectibles Expo. The NGC “Opening Day” and PCGS “Baltimore First Pitch” labels will pedigree the coins as having been sold by the Mint at the show March 27.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Baseball coin labels

March 28, 2014: Long lines online, at expo for Baseball coins
 
United States Mint officials formally recognized a 12-year-old Baltimore Orioles fan as buying the first 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative sold at the Whitman Baltimore Expo — a Proof gold $5 coin.
 
The three-coin 2014 program is proving popular with collectors, with more than 80 percent of the gold $5 half eagles authorized reported sold during the first 12 hours of sales March 27.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Long lines

March 24, 2014: Exhibitor award winners announced for 2014 National Money Show
 
American Numismatic Association member Mack Martin received the Steven J. D'Ippolito Best-of-Show Exhibit award for his exhibit, "Georgia's Civil War Treasury History, 1861-1865" at the 2014 National Money ShowSM, February 27-March 1 in Atlanta.
 
The first runner-up Best-of-Show award was presented to Charmy Harker for "Penny Potpourri - A Collection of Penny Creations." Second runner-up was awarded to Dennis Schafluetzel for his exhibit "Wills Valley and Alabama & Chattanooga Railroad."
 
For more on this announcement, please see Exhibitor award winners

March 24, 2014: Stars of TV's 'Diggers' to teach Summer Seminar workshop
 
The American Numismatic Association's premier educational event, Summer Seminar, will host a special metal-detecting workshop instructed by the stars of the hit TV show "Diggers," Tim "The Ringmaster" Saylor and George "King George" Wyant. The one-day workshop, "Digging for Dollars," will be held June 27, 2014, the Friday between Session 1 and 2 of Summer Seminar.
 
"Digging for Dollars" begins at 8:30 a.m. with a bus trip to the in-the-field experience. Saylor and Wyant will teach the basics of metal-detecting and share tips on how to find old coinage in the ground. The workshop will be held on private property in the area.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Summer Seminar workshop

March 24, 2014: Mint reveals introductory prices for Baseball commemoratives
 
The United States Mint has established pricing for the March 27 introductory sales of the three-coin 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program.
 
The authorizing act, Public Law 112-52, calls for the production and sale, in Proof and Uncirculated versions, of gold $5 half eagles, silver dollars and copper-nickel clad half dollars.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Baseball commemoratives

March 21, 2014: United Kingdom unveils new £1 coin with new shape, composition
 
To strike back against counterfeiters, the Royal Mint will soon be striking a new £1 coin. The United Kingdom’s Treasury announced March 18 that a new ringed-bimetallic coin would replace the “round pound” beginning in 2017.
 
The new £1 coin will be 12-sided (resembling the threepence coin that circulated from 1937 until decimalization in 1970) and incorporate the latest in security features, namely the Royal Mint’s patented iSIS technology, which is “a revolutionary new high security coinage currency system,” according to the Royal Mint. “iSIS — Integrated Secure Identification Systems — enables not just coins, but the whole cash cycle to be more secure, protecting the public, vending machine operators, retailers, and the wider banking system.”
 
For more on this press release, please see £1 coin

March 21, 2014: Mint seeks return of experimental 1974-D aluminum cent
 
The United States Mint is seeking the return of an experimental aluminum 1974-D Lincoln cent it claims is government property, even though the bureau’s own records show no evidence of the coin ever being produced by the Mint.
 
Meanwhile, Randall Lawrence and Michael McConnell — from whom the U.S. Mint is seeking the coin’s return — filed suit in federal court March 14 seeking declaratory judgment that would allow the two men to retain ownership of the coin for its planned sale at auction.
 
For more on this press release, please see 1974-D aluminum cent

March 21, 2014: Coin & Country: Celebrating Civil Sercice
 
The theme for 2014 National Coin Week, April 20-26, is Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service – a celebration of the Kennedy half dollar's 50th anniversary and the spirit of volunteerism. All ANA members have the opportunity to accept President John F. Kennedy's challenge to "ask what you can do for your country" and win a gold coin or other great prizes!
 
Members can enter by volunteering at a non-profit such as a school, senior or advocacy center, museum or other worthy service-based organization, and documenting their experiences. It can be an organization you have helped in the past or somewhere new. Entries can be in video (three minutes max) or image & written (150-300 words with image) format.
 
For more on this press release, please see National Coin Week

March 17, 2014: Shenandoah National Park site of coin launch
 
The official launch ceremony for the 2014 Shenandoah National Park quarter dollar will be held at 10 a.m. Eastern Time April 4 at the Skyline High School Auditorium, 151 Skyline Vista Drive, in Front Royal, Va.
 
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT April 3, U.S. Mint officials will host a coin forum at the Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Road, in Washington, Va.
 
For more on this story, please see Shenandoah National Park

March 17, 2014: Could there be more treasure at the ‘Ship of Gold’ wreck site?
 
Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. has been awarded an exclusive contract to conduct an archaeological excavation to recover the remaining cargo from the SS Central America. The firm announced the decision on March 3, 2014.
 
The Central America, nicknamed the “Ship of Gold,” sank approximately 160 miles off of the coast of South Carolina in September 1857 and was one of the largest documented shipments of gold ever lost at sea.
 
For more on this story, please see Ship of Gold

March 17, 2014: U.S. Marshals Service designs offer a daunting challenge
 
Few laws authorizing new coins comes with as much detail as Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., packed into his 2012 law creating a set of three coins to honor the U.S. Marshal’s Service on its 225th birthday in 2015.
 
Not only does the law spell out what should be on each of the six sides of the coins, it also offers a daunting challenge. The designs should be “reminiscent of the dramatic and beautiful artwork on the coins of the so-called ‘Golden Age of Coinage,’ ” the law says.
 
For more on this story, please see U.S. Marshals Service designs

March 14, 2014: Japan issues prefecture coins
 
Four more circulating 500-yen coins celebrating prefectures in Japan were released in February by the Japan Mint.
 
The coins are the final 2013 ringed-bimetallic issues from the Japan Mint’s multiyear series of coins commemorating each of the nation’s 47 prefectures (like American states).
 
For more on this story, please see Japan issues prefecture coins

March 14, 2014: CCAC reviews designs for future Presidential, Native American dollar coins
 
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee at its March 10 meeting found it was easier to select presidents for the nation’s coins than Native Americans.
 
During the first day of a two-day review of proposed coin and medal designs, the panel moved through images for six presidents much faster than it did for images of the American Indians who helped build Manhattan’s skyscrapers or saved U.S. forces in two wars.
 
For more on this story, please see American dollar coins

March 14, 2014: CCAC pushes for new American Eagle reverse to replace existing design used since 1986
 
Former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John M. Mercanti said March 12 that he isn’t surprised that formal efforts are being taken to replace his Heraldic Eagle reverse that has graced the reverse of the silver American Eagle bullion coin since 1986.
 
“I figured it was a matter of time before they did something with that,” said Mercanti, who retired Dec. 30, 2011, after 46 years of U.S. government service — 36 of those spent as a sculptor-engraver at the U.S. Mint — leaving as chief engraver. “It’s been talked about over the years. Let’s see where it goes. Something eventually had to move on it. It’s been a great program for collectors.”
 
For more on this story, please see American Eagle reverse

March 13, 2014: Save $50 when you register and pay early for Summer Seminar
 
Members of the American Numismatic Association have a chance to save $50 per session when they register and pay tuition and campus fees by March 31 for Summer Seminar, the ANA’s premier educational event in numismatics, to be held June 21-26 and June 28-July 3, 2014.
 
“Enrollment is limited, so signing up early not only saves you money, it guarantees a space in the class of your choice,” said Susan McMillan, education project manager.
 
For more on this offer, please see Save $50

March 13, 2014: Paper Money 'Flies Out of Cases' at CPMX
 
They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. If similar could be applied to a paper money show, there would have to be some modification to this old proverb.
 
The 20th annual Chicago Paper Money Expo, March 6-9 at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., was gangbusters from the public opening on Friday, March 7, throughout the weekend. There was no lamb to be seen, just the lion.
 
For more on this story, please see Paper Money

March 10, 2014: National Money Show draws highest attendance in four years
 
The American Numismatic Association's Atlanta National Money Show recorded a total attendance of 4,771, making it the best-attended National Money Show since the 2010 event in Fort Worth, Texas.
 
The final day of the show, Saturday, March 1, featured free admission and free appraisals of up to three numismatic items. There were 2,201 public in attendance on March 1, with a total attendance for the day of 2,497.
 
For more on this story, please see National Money Show attendance

March 10, 2014: Incomplete punches look very different before, after strike
 
The incomplete punch (incomplete clip) is an infrequently encountered planchet error. It occurs when a punch (blanking die) fails to penetrate the coin metal strip completely. If the strip fails to advance properly, and a blanking die slices through the same general area a second time, you end up with a blank that carries a deep semi-circular scar on both faces.
 
The illustrated 1974 Jefferson 5-cent coin (see the website for the image) shows a classic incomplete punch. Each face displays a deep, sharply defined curved groove in the same position. Each groove penetrates the surface and appears on the coin’s edge where the groove terminates. The depth of a punch mark will naturally vary from coin to coin.
 
For more on this article, please see Incomplete punches

March 10, 2014: Mint’s new vision focuses on stressing customer service
 
Mary S. Lhotsky, deputy associate director of Sales and Marketing at the U.S. Mint, held a Collector’s Forum on Feb. 28 during the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in Atlanta.
 
During the forum, she stressed that the U.S. Mint has a new vision in its sales and marketing department, focused on customer service. She said that the Mint is committed to grass-roots efforts to grow the base of people interested in coins and to get more young people involved in the hobby.
 
For more on this story, please see Mint’s new vision

March 10, 2014: ‘Discovery’ 1854-S quarter eagle in auction
 
The discovery example of the 1854-S Coronet gold $2.50 quarter eagle is making an auction appearance March 20.
 
Graded Good 6 and encapsulated by Professional Coin Grading Service, the discovery coin is one of 596 lots comprising the Donald E. Bently Collection to be offered March 20 in San Francisco by Heritage Auctions.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1854-S quarter eagle

March 7, 2014: Tuvalu coins honor Charlie Chaplin
 
A movie character who famously searched for gold in one of his roles on the silver screen is now being honored in silver and gold.
 
Silent screen legend Charlie Chaplin searched for a precious metal prize in his movie The Gold Rush. His character, the Little Tramp, starred in dozens of movies and is among early cinema’s leading lights.
 
For more on this story, please see Charlie Chaplin

March 7, 2014: Because it is interesting
 
One way to collect is to buy coins, tokens, medals, or bank notes that have interesting stories.
 
This can be a fun way to go. In the March Monthly Edition of Coin World, Gerald Tebben contributed “Collecting History: The $100 Coin Collection.” His philosophy resonated with me. For a modest budget, you can acquire a 1909 Lincoln, V.D.B. cent, an 1883 Liberty Head, No CENTS 5-cent coin, and nice other coins, each with a story.
 
For more on interesting coins, please see Interesting coins

March 7, 2014: Top Jefferson ‘nickels’ impress
 
Several Jefferson 5-cent coins brought major prices at Heritage’s recent American Numismatic Association National Money Show auction.
 
As third-party grading service population reports provide measurable data as to the rarity of certain issues with fully defined steps, collectors seem increasingly confident in paying huge prices for top-graded examples.
 
For more on these Jefferson ‘nickels’, please see Jefferson ‘nickels’

March 7, 2014: U.S. Mint resumes platinum bullion coin sales
 
The 2014 American Eagle platinum bullion coins being struck under the U.S. Mint’s resurrected bullion coin program are being produced on planchets fabricated in Australia.
 
The U.S. Mint resumed production Jan. 30 at the West Point Mint of the 1-ounce .9995 fine platinum bullion coins.
 
For more on these platinum bullion coins, please see Platinum bullion coins

March 7, 2014: Mint, researchers dispel Saddle Ridge rumor
 
The gold coins in the Saddle Ridge Hoard are not stolen U.S. Mint property, according to the Mint and to two researchers.
 
Researchers Richard Kelly and Nancy Oliver have extensively researched the records of the San Francisco Mint. They have concluded there’s no possible way the hoard of gold coins, today valued at $10 million, discovered on a northern California property in February 2013 are those stolen from the facility by Mint employee Walter N. Dimmick in 1901. U.S. Mint officials agree.
 
For more on these gold coins, please see Saddle Ridge Hoard

March 7, 2014: ANA Governors choose Orlando to host 2017 National Money Show
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors chose Orlando as the host city for the 2017 National Money Show, to be held March 8-11, during an open session at the Atlanta National Money Show, conducted at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday, Feb. 28.
 
The board chose Orlando on a 7-0 vote over several other cities, including Charlotte, N.C.; Daytona, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Savannah, Ga.; Richmond, Va.; and Hampton, Va. The board chose Orlando because of the state tax exemptions for rare coins and precious metals, the fact it has a major airport, and for its convention center. The annual Florida United Numismatists convention, held each January, will be in Tampa in 2017 rather than its traditional home of Orlando.
 
For more on this announcement, please see ANA choses Orlando

March 3, 2014: California couple finds large gold coin hoard
 
A California couple’s daily outing with their dog led to an amazing and unexpected discovery: a buried gold coin hoard whose value a dealer says could top $10 million.
 
What is being called the “Saddle Ridge Hoard” consists of 1,427 19th century gold coins found in eight metal canisters in California’s gold country. The majority of the coins, which range from 1847 to 1894, are Coronet $20 double eagles struck at the San Francisco Mint from 1855 to 1894.
 
For more on this find, please see Gold coin hoard

March 3, 2014: Play ball! Baseball coins sales open March 27
 
Collectors will have their first opportunity to place orders with the U.S. Mint for the Proof and Uncirculated 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame gold $5 half eagles, silver dollars and copper-nickel clad half dollars at noon Eastern Time March 27. Sales begin just four days before the traditional opening day for Major League Baseball.
 
The coins bear a common baseball glove obverse and baseball reverse. They are the first U.S. coins to have a concave obverse and convex reverse. The half dollar is the first curved coin struck on a clad planchet at any mint.
 
For more on this auction, please see Baseball coins

March 3, 2014: Mint likely to issue multiple 2014 half dollars
 
Multiple versions of the Kennedy half dollar will be produced during 2014 by the U.S. Mint on the 50th anniversary of the coin’s introduction, including three special collector versions.
 
Topping the list is a .9999 fine gold Proof that will be produced at the West Point Mint. The gold coins will be the same diameter, 30.6 millimeters, and thickness, as the silver and copper-nickel clad versions, but contain approximately 0.75 ounce of pure gold.
 
For more on this auction, please see 2014 half dollars

March 3, 2014: Chicago Paper Money Expo
 
The 20th annual Chicago Paper Money Expo is set for next week, Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 9 at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. With an outstanding auction from Lyn Knight and active bourse floor featuring the nation's leading paper money dealers, CPMX is one event you do not want to miss!
 
Lyn Knight Currency Auctions Lot viewing: Begins Wednesday, March 5 at 10 a.m. Sessions: Thursday, March 6 at 5 p.m. (world paper money); Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m. (U.S. currency, featuring the Mel Wilmore Collection of Fancy Serial Numbers); Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m. (U.S. currency, featuring national bank notes and large-size types)
 
For more on this auction, please see CPMX Auction

February 27, 2014: Greek and Roman, Canadian Specimen Coins Lead CICF Auction
 
Heritage Auctions is proud to present the official auction of the 2014 Chicago International Coin Fair, set for April 9-16. Though this will certainly be a well-rounded auction, with something for every collector, there are certain highlights that worth mentioning. The auction will be held in conjunction with the annual CICF world and ancient coin event, set for April 10-13 at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill.
 
One of the flagship collections in this auction, and one of the most exciting ancient coin properties we have ever handled, is part one of the Andre Constantin Dimitriadis Collection . Dimitriadis, a prominent Californian collector, was a numismatic connoisseur. Part one of the collection features the Greek and Roman coins, with its particular strength lying in a run of over two hundred gold aurei and solidi.
 
For more on this auction, please see CICF Auction

February 27, 2014: ANA Live Convention Coverage offers a virtual tour of National Money Show
 
We hope you will join us at the National Money Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta this week. For those who can't, we have the next best thing: The American Numismatic Association's Live Convention Coverage page will show you all that the country's best coin shows have to offer.
 
The page features breaking news and announcements from the ANA's Twitter feed as well as videos from the show. ANA staffers and a team of volunteer photographers will present show highlights, cool finds and must-see attractions.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Live Convention Coverage

February 21, 2014: California couple finds large gold coin hoard
 
A California couple’s daily outing with their dog led to an amazing and unexpected discovery: a buried gold coin hoard whose value a dealer says could top $10 million.
 
What is being called the “Saddle Ridge Hoard” consists of 1,427 19th century gold coins found in eight metal canisters in California’s gold country. The majority of the coins, which range from 1847 to 1894, are Coronet $20 double eagles struck at the San Francisco Mint from 1855 to 1894.
 
For more on this story, please see Gold coin hoard

February 20, 2014: Sponsors pledge support for ANA National Money Show
 
Twelve sponsors and 63 patrons have pledged support for the American Numismatic Association's 2014 Atlanta National Money Show at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga. The show will run from Feb. 27 to March 1. The show also features a sold-out bourse floor of more than 500 numismatic dealers.
 
"We appreciate the continued support the numismatic business community has for the ANA National Money Show," said David Truesdell, ANA sales and sponsorship manager. "Our goal every year is to put on the best possible show, and the sponsorship support we receive helps us accomplish our goal."
 
For more on this story, please see National Money Show

February 18, 2014: George Walton heirs donate $100,000 to the ANA
 
A generous donation of $100,000 has been given to the American Numismatic Association to establish the George Walton Grant for the Support of the ANA Diploma Program. This historic gift was made by the family of George O. Walton, the past owner of one of the rarest coins in United States history, the 1913 Liberty Head "V" Nickel.
 
The grant is made up of four donations of $25,000 each by R. Ryan Givens, Richard W. Givens, M. Bette Givens, and Cheryl and Gary Myers in honor and memory of George O. Walton and Melva Walton Givens. The donations will be used to update the traditional Diploma Program curriculum and develop a new e-learning component for members who wish to complete the program in an online setting.
 
For more on this story, please see $100,000 donation to ANA

February 17, 2014: Board of Governors meeting to be broadcast online
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors will hold an Open Session and Town Hall during the Atlanta National Money Show on Friday, Feb. 28, in Room 113/114 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The Open Session and Town Hall meeting will be broadcast online at Money.org and NationalMoneyShow.com with a replay available immediately afterward on the YouTube channel. The meetings start at 3 p.m. EST.
 
The topic of the Town Hall, which starts immediately after the Open Session, is to present an update on the development of the new Money.org website, which includes implementation of a new Association Management Software system. Cole Schenewerk, the Board's Youth Board Intern, will give the presentation on behalf of the ANA Technology Advisory Committee, which is assisting the ANA staff with the implementation of the new technologies. A link to Schenewerk's presentation will be available before the meeting at Money.org/BOG. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow the presentation.
 
For more on this meeting, please see Board of Governors meeting

February 15, 2014: The security room at the National Money Show will be open for extended hours
 
The security room at the National Money Show will be open for extended hours during the show. Keep your high-dollar inventory safe and secure after the bourse floor closes. This is a FREE benefit for ANA members.
 
The security room hours:
Wednesday at noon until 10 a.m. Thursday
NEW, EXTENDED HOURS: Thursday at 5:30 p.m. until 8 a.m. Friday
NEW, EXTENDED HOURS: Friday at 5:30 p.m. until 8 a.m. Saturday
Saturday at 4 p.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday.
 
For more on the security room, please see The security room

February 14, 2014: Ruth W. Hill Collection in CSNS auction
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The Ruth W. Hill Collection of world notes will be offered in Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society convention auction, April 23 to 28 in Schaumburg, Ill. Note: Please check these dates as we have confliction information as to the auction/show end date.
 
Hill, lovingly referred to by collectors as the “Grand Old Lady of Paper Money Collecting in North America,” died in St. Louis on Jan. 14, 1995, at the age of 96.
 
For more on the paper money auction, please see Paper Money in CSNS auction

February 12, 2014: Member and Club Challenges, Money Museum Activities, Highlight ANA's 2014 National Coin Week
 
National Coin Week, April 20-26, is a great opportunity to spread the joys of numismatics in the community. The theme for this year's event is "Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service," and activities will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar and President John F. Kennedy's famous challenge: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
 
The ANA is holding a contest that promotes civic service, and all ANA members can enter by volunteering at a non-profit organization such as a school, advocacy center, park, museum or other qualified organization and documenting their experiences. Entries can be in video (under 3 minutes) or image-and-text format (150-300 words with image). The member who best promotes the merit of his or her non-profit and the importance of volunteeri will receive a 2014 American Eagle quarter ounce gold proof coin; silver commemorative coins and 2014 proof sets will also be awarded.
 
For more on the contest, please see National Coin Week contest

February 11, 2014: 1879-S Reverse of 1878 $1
 
Morgan dollar variety collecting began with individuals taking note of the several design changes the series underwent. One of the earliest lists of the various hub types was found in the June 1898 edition of The Numismatist. An article by George Rice titled “Die Varieties of the Current United States Standard Dollars” included a description of 1879-S Morgan dollars with the previous year’s reverse design.
 
The marriages in this group today are defined by their listings in the Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan & Peace Dollars by Leroy Van Allen and A. George Mallis along with Van Allen’s annual update New VAM Varieties of Morgan Dollars. Among the earliest recognized varieties, the coins were a natural choice for inclusion in The Top 100 Morgan Dollar Varieties: The VAM Keys by Michael Fey and Jeff Oxman. With more collectors pursuing all the group’s varieties, specialists began to ask questions that required a detailed study to answer. This effort culminated in the publication of A Guide to the 1879-S Reverse of 1878 Morgan Silver Dollars by David Wang.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1879-S VAM

February 11, 2014: Money Talks schedule finalized for Atlanta National Money Show
 
Attendees of the American Numismatic Association's Atlanta National Money Show, Feb. 27 - March 1 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, are encouraged to go to Money Talks educational presentations. The Money Talks program features 30-45 minute numismatic presentations covering a wide range of topics. Presentations will be held Friday, Feb. 28, in Room 102.
 
"Don't miss out on these interesting and fun presentations," said Susan McMillan, ANA Education Project Manager. "Our speakers are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about a wide range of subjects and want to share their insights with you."
 
For more on the schedule, please see Money Talks schedule

February 10, 2014: 'Die crazing' leaves coins with spiderweb of fine die cracks
 
The surfaces of hard, brittle objects can sometimes develop a meshwork of fine cracks that don’t necessarily compromise the structural integrity of the object. The phenomenon is known as crazing. Pottery glazes frequently develop crazing, especially with age. Polymers such as polycarbonate plastic also have a tendency to craze.
 
Crazing can also affect the working face of a coinage die, although it’s a rare and poorly understood phenomenon. As with any form of brittle failure, the root cause could be selection of the wrong grade of steel, excessive carbon in the alloy, a heavy impurity load, the presence of microscopic voids, or improper die preparation (annealing, tempering, quenching).
 
For more on Crazing, please see Crazing

February 10, 2014: What are they doing?
 
One of my small “sidelight” collections comprises modern Bank of Canada issues. I have always been attracted to the bright colors and creative designs that seem to be embraced by our neighbors to the North.
 
One of my favorites is the $50 note issued nearly 40 years ago that features one of the most distinctive designs in all of world paper money — The RCMP Musical Ride. “Who? What?”
 
For more on the RCMP Musical Ride, please see Who? What?

February 10, 2014: American Eagle silver bullion coins selling at fast pace
 
Demand for American Eagle 1-ounce silver $1 bullion coins remains strong, with sales by the U.S. Mint to its authorized purchasers on an allocation basis.
 
“Overall, we attempt to manage our supplies in a manner that ensures we have a sufficient number of coins to meet the weekly demand of our authorized purchasers,” according to information released Feb. 5 by Mint spokesman Michael White. “When that demand exceeds our ability to acquire a sufficient number of blanks, we then go on allocation until our inventories can be rebuilt again and the supply of blanks increased so that time spent on allocation is minimized,” he said.
 
For more on Silver Eagles, please see Silver Eagles

February 10, 2014: Finest U.S. silver coin collection on the block
 
Pennsylvania collector Eugene H. Gardner Sr., 78, has spent more than two decades assembling what some numismatists regard as one of the finest ever collections of American silver coins.
 
Now, he says, it’s time to relinquish ownership of his more than 3,000 coins to a new collecting generation, in four auctions in New York in 2014 and 2015. The auctions are to be staged by Heritage Auctions from Dallas. Gardner’s coins are being offered without reserves.
 
For more on this auction, please see Finest U.S. silver coins

February 7, 2014: Klimt paintings on gold coin
 
The latest design for a gold coin series from Austria honoring artist Gustav Klimt reveals much about Klimt’s famous fascination with females. It’s also a bit revealing in another sense.
 
The obverse of the 2014 gold €50 coin depicts a portion of Klimt’s early painting Nuda Veritas (or “Naked Truth”). The reverse shows the upper section of a painting simply known as Judith II.
 
For more on this coin, please see Nude paintings

February 7, 2014: The littlest bills
 
In 1777, there just wasn’t much money floating around. Specie, coins made from gold and silver, had been hoarded since the beginning of the struggle against England.
 
Paper money issued by both states and the Continental Congress had taken over, but in the two years since the war started, its value had started to deflate quickly.
 
For more on paper money, please see Paper money

February 7, 2014: Gold Kennedy half dollar in collectors' future?
 
A .9999 fine gold 2014 Kennedy half dollar is under consideration by the United States Mint to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar.
 
The members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee were scheduled to discuss the merits of and demand for a Kennedy gold half dollar at its Feb. 11 meeting.
 
For more, please see Gold Kennedy half

February 4, 2014: Free parking. Free admission. Free appraisals.
 
Free parking: That's right, no charge for parking at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Free admission: There is no charge for public admission on Saturday, March 1. Free appraisals: There will be a Free Appraisal Area on Saturday, March 1. Limit three items per session. Coin appraisals are not binding and are for educational purposes only. Attendees having materials appraised in the Free Appraisal Area are welcome to consign their coins with the ANA's Official Auctioneer for the Atlanta National Money Show, Heritage Auctions, or sell those items to any dealer at the show for a price to be agreed upon by buyer and seller.
 
Free education: On Saturday, new collectors will enjoy Coin Collecting Basics and much more.
 
For more on this announcement, please see Free

February 3, 2014: Source of raised rings on world coins remains uncertain
 
It’s not unusual for copper-plated zinc cents to develop semi-circular ridges just inside the design rim. Although they seldom form a complete circle, these acknowledged manifestations of die deterioration were nevertheless called “ridge rings” by longtime Clearinghouse columnist Eric Von Klinger.
 
Ridge rings occasionally crop up among older, copper-alloy cents and among other denominations.
 
For more on this coin, please see Raised rings

February 3, 2014: Edward D. Cogan
 
Edward D. Cogan, born Jan. 5, 1803, in Higham Hill, Walthamstow, Essex County, England, came to the United States when he was 50 years old. He was described as “a gentleman of great conversational powers and amiable temper, besides being well-supplied with anecdotes and jokes” in an 1867 issue of the American Journal of Numismatics.
 
Arriving in Philadelphia, Cogan established himself as a “picture dealer.” The 1855 Philadelphia city directory lists his occupation as “dealer in paintings,” at 47 S. Eighth St., and residing at 519 S. Sixth.
 
For more on this dealer, please see Edward D. Cogan

February 3, 2014: Bill seeks Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorative coins
 
Construction of a new building and renovation of the existing National Purple Heart Hall of Honor facilities would both be funded by surcharges from a new commemorative coin bill, if legislation pending in Congress is approved.
 
H.R. 3867, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act, was introduced Jan. 14 by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y.
 
For more on this coin, please see Purple Heart commemoratives

February 3, 2014: Half cent in Missouri Cabinet shatters record
 
The finest known example of any United States half cent shattered a nearly 18-year-old auction record for half cents Jan. 26, while also becoming the first half cent to sell at auction for more than $1 million.
 
The 1794 Liberty Cap half cent, Cohen 7 variety (American Half Cents: The “Little Half Sisters” by Roger S. Cohen Jr.), is graded Mint State 67 red and brown by Professional Coin Grading Service and stickered by Certified Acceptance Corp.
 
For more on this coin, please see Half cent

January 31, 2014: RAM honors famous voyage
 
Explorer Matthew Flinders’ journal about a trip to what is now Australia was published 200 years ago this year.
 
In 2014, the Royal Australian Mint is commemorating the publication anniversary of A Journey to Terra Australis with three collector options, a set of Uncirculated aluminum-bronze dollars, a Proof silver dollar and a Proof gold $10 coin.
 
For more on this commemorative coin, please see Famous voyage

January 31, 2014: Love 'em or hate 'em
 
This year people you can hate or love from personal experience will be making a visit to a dollar coin near you. The Presidential dollar program for 2014 moves into the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, decades many collectors alive today remember.
 
First up is Warren G. Harding, president from 1921 to 1923. The Ohio Republican is mostly remembered for the Teapot Dome scandal in which government oil reserve land was cheaply and illegally leased to oil company executives. The affair tarnished Harding and led to the imprisonment of his interior secretary, Albert B. Fall, the first and only cabinet member to be jailed.
 
For more on this story, please see Love 'em or hate 'em

January 31, 2014: Dropping by the Mint
 
An account written in 1828 by Frederick G. Stark tells of his visit to the Mint — the hard way, as compared to today, as you will see. Stark kept a country store in Manchester, N.H. His account was published by a descendant in the Granite Monthly, November 1881.
 
Stark left home at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, 1828, and went to a hotel to board a horse-drawn stage, this being before the railroad era. About 8 p.m., he arrived in Boston and checked into a hotel. On Sunday, he walked around town, including to a wharf where he conversed with Rand, a portrait painter. On Monday, he made some purchases in Boston. At 5 a.m. on Tuesday, he climbed aboard the stage for Providence, R.I. Arriving there about six hours later, he went directly to the wharf, where he took passage on the finely-appointed steamer Chancellor Livingston. Shortly after noon, the ship left the wharf, headed for Newport to take on passengers.
 
For more on this fascinating account, please see Dropping by the Mint

January 31, 2014: Anything goes in eBay sales
 
The oddest things sometimes turn up in eBay auctions, such as a well-circulated 1879 pattern dollar that sold Jan. 17 to a best offer of $1,775.
 
The Proof 3 pattern dollar was designed to test a new goloid metric composition, a predominantly silver composition with a tiny part of gold. The piece is designated Proof because it was originally produced as a Proof (even if its mirrored fields have long been lost to the ravages of wear).
 
For more on this coin, please see Proof 3 pattern dollar

January 31, 2014: PCGS authenticates 1974-D aluminum cent
 
An example of an aluminum 1974-D Lincoln experimental cent — not documented in U.S. Mint records to exist, but once owned by a former Denver Mint assistant superintendent — has been authenticated and graded by Professional Coin Grading Service as Mint State 63. PCGS certified the piece in early December.
 
The experimental piece has been consigned to Heritage Auctions’ April 23 to 27 sale jointly by the son of the former Denver Mint executive and the California dealer to whom the son sold the coin before its true value was determined.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1974-D aluminum cent

January 30, 2014: Museum Showcase to feature Georgia history
 
The rich numismatic history of Georgia and the South will be on display when the National Money Show comes to the Cobb Galleria Centre, Feb. 27-March 1.
 
On exhibit in the ANA's signature Museum Showcase will be a collection of Georgia Colonial paper money from its beginnings in 1735 to the end of the American Revolution. Also on display will be gold coins from the U.S. Branch Mints in Dahlonega, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C., which operated from 1838 through 1861.
 
For more on this story, please see Georgia history

January 27, 2014: Double-denomination coins not always wrong planchet errors
 
I’ve always assumed that a double-denomination error would necessarily also be a wrong planchet error. After all, I’m not aware of any nation that uses the exact same planchet for two or more of its domestic issues.
 
Even among dual-country, double-denomination errors, this rule has generally held, since each nation establishes its own coinage specifications, and these are unlikely to match those of any other nation.
 
For more on this story, please see Double-denomination coins

January 27, 2014: Fourth time's a charm
 
The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins comprise the fourth baseball-themed issue in the modern commemorative series.
 
The first baseball-themed commemorative was the 1992 Olympic silver dollar. At the 1992 Barcelona Games, baseball was included as a competitive sport for the first time. In an open design competition, artist John Deecken’s arrangement of a baseball pitcher in mid-delivery was selected.
 
For more on this coin, please see Fourth time

January 27, 2014: State Department imposes restrictions on Bulgarian coins
 
The U.S. government and Bulgaria have agreed to a memorandum of understanding that imposes import restrictions on certain archaeological material from Bulgaria, among them a wide range of coins that includes some produced as recently as 1750.
 
The restrictions were published in the Federal Register on Jan. 16, 2014, and became effective Jan. 15 for a five-year period. The memorandum of understanding was signed by U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie B. Ries and Bulgaria’s culture minister, Petar Stoyanovich, at the National History Museum in Boyana Jan. 14.
 
For more on this notice, please see Restrictions on Bulgarian coins

January 27, 2014: Proof 2014-W silver American Eagle on sale
 
The United States Mint began accepting orders for the Proof 2014-W American Eagle silver dollar at noon Eastern Time Jan. 23.
 
The coin is initially priced at $52.95, but price is subject to changes. The Mint is imposing no household ordering limits.
 
For more on these coins, please see Proof 2014-W silver Eagles

January 24, 2014: Early American coinage focus of Newman IV
 
Decades before the phrase “Buy the book before the coin” became an oft-repeated adage, St. Louis numismatist Eric P. Newman was busy buying the coins, doing his own extensive research and working on writing his own books.
 
Among those coins appearing in the Heritage Auctions May 16 sale of The Eric P. Newman Collection Part IV is the finest known of four 1776 Continental Currency dollars struck in silver.
 
For more on this story, please see Newman IV

January 24, 2014: Mint testing copper-plated zinc for 5-cent coin
 
The United States Mint has been striking experimental Jefferson 5-cent coins in copper-plated zinc.
 
In efforts to save money by finding suitable alternative compositions for circulating coinage, the U.S. Mint is considering, among its options, changing the 5-cent coin from its current copper-nickel alloy to the same composition as the current Lincoln cent.
 
For more about this coin, please see Copper-plated zinc

January 24, 2014: FUN/NYINC: By the numbers
 
Around $130 million in rare coins sold during auctions immediately before and during the 2014 Florida United Numismatists show and New York International Numismatic Convention.
 
Heritage’s various FUN auctions brought more than $90 million and multiple records were set. Heritage noted that the nearly $2 million that a bidder paid for a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagle graded Mint State 66 is “the highest price ever paid for any U.S. coin struck and released to general circulation.”
 
For more on this story, please see By the numbers

January 24, 2014: Museum Showcase to feature rich numismatic history of the South
 
The rich numismatic history of Georgia and the South will be on display when the National Money Show comes to the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 27-March 1, 2014.
 
On exhibit in the ANA's signature Museum Showcase, featuring rarities from the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs and exclusive private collections, will be a collection of Georgia Colonial paper money from its beginnings in 1735 to the end of the American Revolution. Also on display will be gold coins from the U.S. Branch Mints in Dahlonega, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C., which operated from 1838 through 1861.
 
For more on this notice, please see Numismatic history of the South

January 23, 2014: Apply for the American Numismatic Association Visa Signature® Card and get a $50 Statement Credit
 
Apply for the American Numismatic Association Visa Signature® Card and get a $50 Statement Credit when you use the ANA Visa Card five times in the first 60 days! Use the card for gas, groceries, and more to get an extra $50.
 
No annual fee (based on creditworthiness)
One reward point for every net dollar spent; redeem points for cash back, travel, gift cards, and more
No preset spending limit
24/7 concierge service
Zero Fraud Liability
Signature privileges, including merchant upgrades, offers, savings, and more!
 
For more on the details of this credit card, please see ANA credit card

January 20, 2014: Review process begins for Mint artist applicants
 
In total, 123 artists submitted applications by the Jan. 10 deadline, the first phase of a process leading to possible selection for the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program.
 
Heather Sabharwal, special adviser in the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, said Jan. 14 that officials hope up to 20 people will be selected to help augment the work of the U.S. Mint’s engraving staff in designing the nation’s coins and medals.
 
For more on these applicants, please see Mint artist applicants

January 20, 2014: Year of Horse coins gallop into view
 
In the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the Year of the Horse.
 
The Shengxiào, or Chinese zodiac, is a 5,000-year-old, 12-year repeating calendar that begins each of its years in late January or February with a New Year celebration.
 
For more on this coin, please see Year of the Horse

January 20, 2014: Four gold certificates warm up market
 
The colder than normal temperatures in Florida at the start of the Jan. 8 to 12 Florida United Numismatists show in Orlando did nothing to chill the enthusia of paper money collectors bidding at paper money auctions.
 
Heritage Auctions conducted five paper money auction floor sessions Jan. 8 to 10 as part of the FUN convention auction. An Internet-only session was conducted Jan. 13. The prices realized for all sessions totaled $17,115,003.
 
For more on these holders, please see Gold certificates

January 20, 2014: PCGS expands security of its holders
 
In its ongoing battle against counterfeiters worldwide, Professional Coin Grading Service is introducing a new 3-D security hologram for PCGS holders.
 
The new anti-counterfeiting feature, to be used starting Jan. 27, was developed by DuPont Authentication Inc. in conjunction with the grading service.
 
For more on these holders, please see PCGS holders

January 17, 2014: Anna Willess Williams
 
Last week in the Jan. 27 issue of Coin World Weekly I introduced a commentary on the Morgan silver dollar, the series we all love. George T. Morgan, who had come to America from England in 1876, created a series of pattern half dollars in 1877.
 
Instead of appearing on the half dollar, one of these was selected by Mint Director Dr. Henry R. Linderman to be used on the new silver dollars authorized by the Bland-Allison Act of Feb. 28, 1878. Dies were prepared quickly, and the first “Morgan dollars,” as we know them today, were struck on March 11. For many decades numismatists called them “Bland dollars,” for Richard Bland, co-author of the enabling legislation.
 
For more on these coins, please see Morgan Dollar Model

January 17, 2014: Stack's Bowers Americana Sale Feb. 5 to 6
 
Stack’s Bowers Galleries will present its Americana Sale and Rarities Night Auction in New York City, Feb. 5 to 6.
 
The firm’s annual Americana Sales are well-known for their choice early coins. Last year’s sale was headlined by the finest known 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar that brought a record-setting $10,016,875. In the introduction to this year’s sale, the firm’s president, Brian Kendrella, and chairman emeritus Q. David Bowers wrote: “Facetiously, but perhaps not, we hope we will be around someday to sell the first $100 million coin! Who knows?”
 
For more on these coins, please see Americana Sale

January 17, 2014: Repeat performance: Same coin, different auction
 
In some fields, when the same item is offered at auction multiple times over the course of a few years, it might be considered “burned” by the industry. Thankfully, this is not the case with rare coins.
 
Major auctions like January’s Florida United Numismatists auctions by Heritage provide many examples of coins with recent previous auction appearances.
 
For more on these coins, please see Same coin

January 17, 2014: Take a two-day seminar in Atlanta on Feb. 25-26, right before the National Money Show
 
Class: Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins. Sharpen your grading skills! Knowledge of coin grading not only makes you more confident on the bourse floor, but also adds to your enjoyment of the hobby by helping take the worry out of numismatic purchases. Learn how U.S. coins should be graded according to the latest ANA and market standards.
 
Class: Detecting Counterfeit U.S. Gold Coinage. Many collectors and dealers have unwittingly bought and sold deceptive counterfeits of U.S. gold coins. It's a humbling and expensive mistake to make. But detecting counterfeit U.S. gold coins is relatively easy to learn. Through digital presentation and extensive hands-on coin exercises, students will learn the genuine characteristics and counterfeit diagnostics needed to authenticate most U.S. gold coins.
 
For more on these classes, please see Two ANA classes

January 13, 2014: 1878-CC Morgan $1, VAM-28
 
Studying a date in depth has a number of benefits. One of the most significant is a far greater understanding of which varieties are true rarities. Among them is the VAM-28 1878-CC Morgan dollar.
 
The variety is a fairly recent discovery, making its first published appearance in the 2007 edition of New VAM Varieties of Morgan Dollars by Leroy Van Allen. Like most collectors, I didn’t fully appreciate its rarity when it was first reported.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1878-CC Morgan

January 13, 2014: 1878-CC Morgan $1, VAM-28
 
Studying a date in depth has a number of benefits. One of the most significant is a far greater understanding of which varieties are true rarities. Among them is the VAM-28 1878-CC Morgan dollar.
 
The variety is a fairly recent discovery, making its first published appearance in the 2007 edition of New VAM Varieties of Morgan Dollars by Leroy Van Allen. Like most collectors, I didn’t fully appreciate its rarity when it was first reported.
 
For more on this coin, please see 1878-CC Morgan

January 13, 2014: Brasher doubloon 'biggest steal' at auction
 
The finest-certified 1787 Brasher, Punch on Wing doubloon sold at auction Jan. 9 in Orlando, Fla., for $4,582,500, considerably less than the coin’s seller anticipated.
 
Many in the standing-room-only crowd for Heritage Auctions’ Florida United Numismatists auction, especially consignor Walter Perschke, expected the coin to sell for more than double that price.
 
For more on this story, please see Brasher doubloon

January 7, 2014: Hall of Fame Nominations
 
Here are two opportunities to make sure that special someone receives the recognition they deserve. Be sure to hurry —
the deadline for nominations is Jan. 15. The ANA is seeking nominations of worthy candidates for inclusion in the Numismatic Hall of Fame maintained by the ANA at the Colorado Springs headquarters.
 
Nominees need not be present or past ANA members. Nominations for 2014 "Historic Era" HOF induction must be submitted on official forms and include no less than 300 words of background or biographical information. ANA members 18 years of age or older can submit up to two nominations.
 
For more on this request, please see Hall of Fame Nominations

January 7, 2014: Support the Panama Canal and Pan-Pacific Exhibition Centennial Celebration Act
 
In July, H. R. 2760, the Panama Canal and Pan-Pacific Exhibition Centennial Celebration Act, was introduced. The bill will create a commemorative coin program to celebrate the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, which honored the completion of the Panama Canal and the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Pacific Ocean. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coins will support the reuse of the San Francisco Mint.
 
Nearly 40,000 people worked on the construction of the Panama Canal from 1890 to 1914. The canal runs 51 miles and connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The waterway is crucial to trade, eliminating the need for ships to travel an extra 8,000 miles around the tip of South America.
 
For more on this request for support and much more information, please see Support the Panama Canal and Pan-Pacific Exhibition Centennial Celebration Act

January 7, 2014: Stack's Bowers Galleries, Heritage Auctions sign four-year contract to be Official Auctioneers of the World's Fair of Money
 
The biggest show in numismatics, the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of MoneySM, will be even bigger starting in 2014 as two of the top numismatic auction companies in the world, Heritage Auctions and Stack's Bowers Galleries, have agreed to be the Official Auctioneers for the next four years.
 
"ANA members and show attendees will be able to consign to and purchase from two auction companies that have a long and successful history with the ANA," said ANA Executive Director Kimberly Kiick. "Both of these wonderful auction houses have been big supporters of our educational mission for many, many years, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have both as the Official Auctioneers."
 
For more on this story, please see Stack's Bowers Galleries, Heritage Auctions sign four-year contract

January 6, 2014: Summing up the year: 2013
 
How can someone evaluate a year in the rare coin market? In 2013, top rarities were up, gold and silver were down, and the U.S. Mint sold record numbers of 2013 American Eagle silver bullion coins. Quality ruled and so-so coins struggled.
 
Dealer reports have been optimistic about the year that’s been, but that’s not unusual. It’s tough to ever get a dealer to say he or she has had a bad year.
 
For more on this story, please see Summing up the year: 2013

January 6, 2014: Sales of MacArthur gold coin among lowest
 
Final but unaudited sales of the Uncirculated 2013-W 5-Star Generals gold $5 half eagle are the second lowest among all the gold $5 commemorative coins produced by the U.S. Mint.
 
The 5,667 Uncirculated coins recorded sold between the March 21, 2013, start of sales for the three-coin program and end of sales at noon Eastern Time Dec. 31 is second only to the 5,174 1997-W Jackie Robinson half eagles reported sold.
 
For more on this story, please see Sales of MacArthur gold coin among lowest

January 6, 2014: Girl Scouts will get no commem surcharges
 
The Girl Scouts of the USA will not be receiving any surcharges from the U.S. Mint because sales of the 2013-W Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial commemorative silver dollars failed to cover production costs.
 
This represents the first time that a recipient organization designated in commemorative coin legislation “is not eligible to receive surcharge payments due to program costs not being recovered,” Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, said Jan. 2.
 
For more on this story, please see Girl Scouts will get no commem surcharges

January 2, 2014: Support the hobby you cherish
 
Your tax-deductible gift will underwrite educational programs for the 2014 National Money ShowSM. American Numismatic Association conventions provide an excellent opportunity to educate members and newcomers alike. Please consider becoming a convention patron – it's your chance to support the educational efforts of the hobby you love.
 
At the 2014 National Money ShowSM, Feb. 27-March 1 in Atlanta, your donation will support and underwrite programs including Money Talks, Coin Collecting 101, an extraordinary lineup of numismatic rarities in the Museum Showcase as well as other show highlights that make attending ANA conventions such a great educational experience.
 
For more on this program, please see Support the hobby

December 27, 2013: Pay it forward
 
The ANA has been the leading organization in hobby growth and education since 1891. Help grow the ranks of coin collectors worldwide with a tax-deductible donation in 2013 that will keep the Association strong and vibrant for years to come.
 
There are several ways to do so: Make an online donation at Money.org/donate using the secure online form. Return the envelope you received in the mail with a check or money order. Call (800) 367-9723 ext. 111 to make a donation over the phone. As a thank-you for your kindness, for every $50 donated, you will receive a voucher for a free one-year membership* at the Basic rate to give to a friend. It's a wonderful opportunity to support the hobby by giving a fellow collector access to the best education in numismatics.
*Vouchers are for new memberships only. No renewals.
 
For more on this program, please see Pay it forward

December 23, 2013: Mint reveals Civil Rights Act of 1964 coins
 
Final designs approved for the 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 silver dollar were released Dec. 19 by the U.S. Mint.
 
Proof and Uncirculated versions of the silver dollar, to be struck at the Philadelphia Mint, are to go on sale starting Jan. 2. The coins are to be offered at $44.95 for the Uncirculated silver dollar and $49.95 for the Proof coin.
 
For more on this story, please see Civil Rights Act of 1964 coins

December 21, 2013: Money Museum receives collection of gold, silver coins
 
The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum recently received a donation of United States gold coins and Morgan silver dollars from the estate of Gerry Frederick Hansen that will significantly enhance the ANA collection.
 
The gold coin donations include 29 double eagles from 1900 to 1927; 24 half eagles dating from 1842 to 1926; two $3 gold coins from 1854 and 1874; and four quarter eagles from 1852 to 1928. Of the 24 half eagles, 13 were minted at the long-defunct United States Mint branches in Charlotte, N.C., and Dahlonega, Ga.
 
For more on this story, please see Money Museum receives collection

December 20, 2013: Mint releases preliminary products schedule
 
Coins in one of two commemorative coin programs for 2014 are scheduled to be released for sale sometime in January. Coin designs were unavailable.
 
The 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 silver dollar is listed for a January release, although no specific release date is offered, on the 2014 upcoming products preliminary list posted by the U.S. Mint on its website.
 
For more on this story from the ANA, please see Preliminary products schedule

December 19, 2013: ANA Road Show coming to the 59th Annual FUN Show
 
1913 Nickel, 1804 Dollar, Bebee silver certificates will be on display. Rarities worth millions of dollars from the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will be on display in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2014, when the American Numismatic Association Road Show makes its debut at the annual FUN Show.
 
"The ANA's Museum Showcase is a wonderful addition to our event," said FUN Convention Coordinator Cindy Wibker. "FUN is a proud ANA member organization, and we're thrilled to add these amazing exhibits to our bourse."
 
For more on this story from the ANA, please see ANA Road Show

December 16, 2013: Your tax-deductible gift will underwrite educational programs
 
American Numismatic Association conventions provide an excellent opportunity to educate members and newcomers alike. Please consider becoming a convention patron – it's your chance to support the educational efforts of the hobby you love.
 
At the 2014 National Money ShowSM, Feb. 27-March 1 in Atlanta, your donation will support and underwrite programs including Money Talks, Coin Collecting 101, an extraordinary lineup of numismatic rarities in the Museum Showcase as well as other show highlights that make attending ANA conventions such a great educational experience.
 
For more on this story from the ANA, please see Tax-deductible gift

December 16, 2013: The difference of a grade point
 
When it comes to “top-of-the-pop” condition rarities that are among the finest known of an issue, a single grading point can make a huge difference in price.
 
This was evident at a Dec. 5 Heritage auction where a 1956 Roosevelt dime graded by Professional Coin Grading Service as Mint State 68 Full Bands brought $9,987.50.
 
For more on this story, please see The difference of a grade point

December 16, 2013: Akers rare gold half eagle in Heritage auction
 
The finest known example of only three 1826 Capped Head, Small Letters gold $5 half eagles will cross the auction block Jan. 9 in Orlando, Fla. It is one of 23 coins consigned as the David & Sharron Akers Collection to be offered by Heritage Auctions at as part of its Florida United Numismatists convention Platinum Night auction.
 
Graded Mint State 66 by Professional Coin Grading Service, it is attributed as the Bass-Dannreuther 2 variety in Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties: A Study of Die States, 1795-1834 by John W. Dannreuther and Harry W. Bass Jr. Two varieties are known for the 1826 half eagle — the BD-1 or Large Letters variety, 40 to 50 known, and the BD-2 variety.
 
For more about this coin, please see Rare gold half eagle in Heritage auction

December 16, 2013: Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin gets new finish
 
One of the world’s most popular silver bullion coins is getting an upgrade. The Royal Canadian Mint announced Dec. 4 that 2014 Maple Leaf 1-ounce .9999 fine silver $5 bullion coins will include a new “radial line finish” and a micro-engraved laser mark. These updates will be permanent additions to the RCM’s flagship silver bullion coin.
 
The radial lines on the fields of 2014 Maple Leaf silver coins were precisely machined to within microns on the master tooling to ensure consistent die production and coin striking, according to the RCM.
 
For more on this story, please see Silver Maple Leaf

December 12, 2013: Board passes budget, adopts new membership structure
 
The budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year was passed during a regular teleconference meeting of the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
 
According to ANA Treasurer Larry Baber, the $6.35 million budget includes the use of $748,365 from board-designated reserves, which emanate from last year's investment growth. This represents about 6.25 percent of the reserves previously designated by the board for future use. The designated and undesignated reserves are projected to be about $17.5 million at the end of 2014.
 
For more on this story, please see Board passes budget

December 9, 2013: Silver medal in 2013 Coin and Chronicles set
 
The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential medal included in the 2013 Coin and Chronicles set will be the first version of the medal struck in .999 fine silver by the United States Mint.
 
U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said Dec. 5 that the silver medal will be struck on the same 40.6-millimeter planchets that are used for the American Eagle 1-ounce silver coins. The medals will have no specialized finish.
 
For the rest of this story, please see 2013 Coin and Chronicles set

December 9, 2013: Mint to offer Limited Edition Silver Proof set
 
The U.S. Mint’s Dec. 12 launch of a 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof set will coincide with the debut of the Mint’s new website waiting room feature. The waiting room feature is designed to improve customer experiences during sales of high-demand products.
 
The 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof set combines the Proof 2013-W American Eagle 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar with the seven .900 fine silver coins that are also included in the standard 2013-S Silver Proof set. The new set is limited to a maximum of 50,000 eight-coin sets and will be offered at $139.95 per set.
 
To see more of this story, please see Mint to offer Limited Edition

December 5, 2013: Pay it forward
 
Whether that special someone in your life is just starting out in the hobby or is a seasoned professional, the gift of an ANA membership is something all collectors can appreciate during the holidays. And now, for a limited time, you can introduce someone new to the ANA for free.
 
For every $50 donation to the ANA this holiday season, you'll receive a voucher for a free, one-year Basic membership*. Your friend or family member will receive a monthly online subscription to the best magazine in the hobby today, The Numismatist; access to the world's largest numismatic lending library; free admission and early entry to the National Money Show and World's Fair of Money; and much, much more.
 
To see the original press release, please see Pay it forward

December 2, 2013: The value of a domain name
 
Heritage Auctions’ inaugural sale of domain names and intellectual property, which closed Nov. 21, included several coin-related domain names, led by Numismatics.com, which sold for $17,250.
 
The lot description aptly described the appeal, stating: “This phenomenal asset is the exact-match category domain name for a major industry and field of study. To those unfamiliar with this business, ‘Numismatics’ is the study and collection of coins, metals, and currencies. The new owner of this prime Internet property will enjoy instant credibility and perceived authority status in the marketplace with the use of Numismatics.com.”
 
For on this sale, please see Domain names

December 2, 2013: Gilroy Roberts exhibit marks assassination
 
The Community College of Philadelphia marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with the opening of an exhibit illustrating the life of Gilroy Roberts, the artist who designed and engraved the obverse of the Kennedy half dollar. The Nov. 22 activities at the college included a Day of Remembrance ceremony.
 
Following the brief ceremony, the 1,000-square-foot Gilroy Roberts Gallery opened to the public in the Rotunda of the facility at 1700 Spring Garden St. that once served as the third Philadelphia Mint. The gallery houses the new exhibit, titled “Gilroy Roberts: Mastering the Craft.”
 
For on this, please see Gilroy Roberts exhibit

December 2, 2013: CFA, CCAC split on design recommendations
 
Members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee always have been interested in the opinions of their colleagues on the federal government’s older coin advisory panel, the Commission of Fine Arts.
 
But when the CCAC got word of what the CFA had recommended for the reverse of a 2014 American Eagle platinum coin, they were outraged and upset.
 
For on this story, please see CFA, CCAC split on design

November 27, 2013: Corrections to the November Money Mail
 
The November Money Mail, which was sent out on Tuesday, Nov. 26, included mistakes that we'd like to take this opportunity to correct.
 
Show hours for the National Money Show were listed incorrectly. The correct show hours are:
• Thursday, Feb. 27: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (members may enter at 9:30 a.m.)
• Saturday, March 1: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (members may enter at 9:30 a.m.)

For more information please go to the NationalMoneyShow.com

November 26, 2013: Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the ANA!
 
Heritage Auctions will serve as the Official Auctioneer for the ANA's 2014 National Money ShowSM, to be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 27 to March 1.
 
The ANA Board of Governors created a new member benefit in October when it voted to allow all ANA members early entry to the National Money Show and World's Fair of MoneySM. Starting with the ANA's next show in Atlanta, members will be allowed onto the bourse floor 30 minutes before the public, except on the first day of the show.
 
For on this announcement, please see Members get in 30 minutes before the public

November 25, 2013: Heritage Auctions named Official Auctioneer for 2014 Atlanta National Money Show
 
Heritage Auctions will serve as the Official Auctioneer for the American Numismatic Association's 2014 National Money ShowSM, to be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 27 to March 1.
 
The Atlanta National Money Show will mark the 44th time that Heritage Auctions has been selected as the Official Auctioneer for an ANA convention.
 
For on this announcement, please see Heritage Auctions

November 25, 2013: Virtual currencies subject of Senate hearing
 
Congress’s first effort to deal with the burgeoning phenomena known as “virtual currencies” began with a dark scenario.
 
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chaired a Nov. 18 hearing into the world of what he described as “digital cash” linking the new forms of money to cash laundering, drugs, weapons, child pornography and murder-for-hire schemes.
 
For about these currencies, please see Virtual currencies

November 18, 2013: Money Museum receives large donation of gold, silver coins
 
A donation of United States gold coins and Morgan silver dollars from the estate of Gerry Frederick Hansen will significantly enhance the collection held by the American Numismatic Association's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.
 
The gold coin donations include 29 Double Eagles from 1900 to 1927; 24 Half Eagles dating from 1842 to 1926; two $3 gold coins from 1854 and 1874; and four Quarter Eagles from 1852 to 1928. Of the 24 Half Eagles, 13 were minted at the long-defunct United States Mint branches in Charlotte, N.C., and Dahlonega, Ga.
 
For about these coins, please see Money Museum

November 18, 2013: U.S. Mint releases 2014 quarter dollar designs
 
The designs approved for three of the five 2014 America the Beautiful quarter dollars are modified from the renditions reviewed by two federal advisory panels in November 2012.
 
On Nov. 12, the U.S. Mint released the five designs approved by Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin for the 2014 quarter dollars. Wolin left the Treasury post at the end of August.
 
For about these coins, please see 2014 quarter

November 18, 2013: American Eagle silver bullion coin sales hit record
 
With four weeks of sales remaining in calendar year 2013, the U.S. Mint’s sales of American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion coins established a new record Nov. 12.
 
Sales of the .999 fine silver bullion coins totaled 40,175,000 as of Nov. 12. Purchases by the United States Mint’s authorized purchasers of the maximum weekly combined allocation of 500,000 coins established the record. The total eclipses the previous annual sales record of 39,868,500 coins set for all of calendar year 2011.
 
For about these coins, please see Bullion coin sales

November 11, 2013: Pricing holed, plugged coins
 
When it comes to the problems that a coin can have, a hole is about the worst there is. Yet, a robust market exists at auction for rare coins with holes.
 
This was seen Oct. 18 at Scotsman’s Collectors’ Auction in St. Charles, Mo., where a rare 1792 half disme graded Professional Coin Grading Service Genuine, Very Fine Details, Contemporary Hole, brought $38,525 against an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.
 
For about this article, please see Holed, plugged coins

November 11, 2013: Code Talkers medal ceremony to draw hundreds
 
Congressional gold medals for 25 of 33 Native American Indian tribes with members who served as military code talkers during World Wars I and II will be presented Nov. 20 in ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center’s Emancipation Hall in Washington, D.C.
 
Designs for the 25 gold medals to be presented Nov. 20 will not be released publicly until the presentation ceremony.
 
For about this ceremony, please see Code Talkers

November 11, 2013: Mint 'Baseball team' faces many challenges
 
The research and development team at the Philadelphia Mint has faced multiple challenges with the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins program.
 
Two of the major challenges encountered so far are making three different domed coins with more than adequate die life and manufacturing sufficient production tooling.
 
For about this challenge, please see Mint 'Baseball team' faces many challenges

November 8, 2013: Best Shipping Insurance for Dealers & Collectors
 
American Numismatic Association and North American Collectibles Association members can save substantially on shipping insurance through the popular online program, Shipandinsure.com.
 
After joining the NACA for an introductory six-month trial offer of $45, members can take advantage of the discounts on ShipandInsure.com.
 
For about this plan, please see Shipping Insurance

November 5, 2013: Longtime dealer Robert Lecce memorialized with scholarship fund
 
A new scholarship fund, established in the name of longtime Florida coin dealer Robert Lecce, will provide members with financial aid and merit-based scholarships to attend the American Numismatic Association's annual Summer Seminar. To further honor the memory of Robert Lecce, $10,000 from the fund has been donated to the Professional Numismatists Guild's Promoting Numismatic Growth internship program.
 
The Robert Lecce Advanced Scholarship Program was established through a memorial fundraising campaign following his death on July 11, 2011. To date, more than $100,000 has been raised for the fund.
 
For about this scholarship fund, please see Scholarship fund

November 4, 2013: Baseball coins prove technical challenge for U.S. Mint staff
 
Anticipated technical challenges associated with producing commemorative coins with a concave obverse and convex reverse led U.S. Mint officials to begin research and development for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame coins long before final designs were approved.
 
Because designs had not been selected, early testing required the use of what are called “nonsense dies,” which bear designs that are in semblance of coin designs but do not duplicate any actual coin designs. For the Baseball coin program, the Mint selected nonsense designs with a sports theme.
 
For more about these mint problems, please see Baseball coins prove technical challenge

November 4, 2013: Baseball test strikes total tops 67,000 pieces
 
As of Oct. 28, the Philadelphia Mint had already executed 67,552 experimental test strikes for the three-coin 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program.
 
The copper-nickel clad half dollar denomination accounted for 96 percent of the total. The figures were provided through the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications by Steve Antonucci, branch manager for Digital Development, Research & Development for the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia.
 
For more about these mint problems, please see Baseball test strikes

October 30, 2013: Board of Governors selects Denver for 2017 World's Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors passed several motions during a regular board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, including choosing a location for the 2017 World's Fair of Money and approving a new rule that will allow members to enter ANA shows 30 minutes before the public.
 
The selection of Denver to be the host of the 2017 World's Fair of Money, contingent upon favorable contractual considerations with renting a venue and securing host hotels. Denver hosted the World's Fair of Money in 1996 and 2006, as well as the National Money Show in the spring of 2012.
 
For more about this story, please see 2017 World's Fair of Money

October 24, 2013: ANA Governors approve first-quarter expenditures for next fiscal year
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors announced that expenditures for the first three months of the 2013-14 budget year have been approved during the board's regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The board opted to delay a full vote on the budget pending further examination of revenues and expenditures.
 
"Our projected revenues for 2013-14 are forecasted to come in lower than in prior years," explained President Walter Ostromecki Jr. "The board decided that, in order to be good stewards for the membership, we should take another look at our revenues and operating costs before we approve a final budget."
 
For more about the budget, please see Budget

October 21, 2013: BEP gets an 'A' with new note (Series 2009A, that is)
 
The Series 2009A $100 Federal Reserve notes were released into circulation on Oct. 8. Coin World staff recently got its first look at an actual note.  Yes, you read the series designation correctly, 2009A.
 
A spokesperson for the Federal Reserve Board said the decision to add the letter A after the series year date on some of the new notes recognizes the gap in production between the time the design was approved in 2009 and the time the first notes were released.
 
For more about the new $100 note, please see $100 note

October 21, 2013: Mint unveils final Baseball coin designs
 
Acting Deputy Treasury Secretary Mary Miller selected California artist Cassie McFarland’s glove design for the common obverse for the three-coin 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin program.
 
McFarland’s winning design will appear on the concave obverse of the copper-nickel clad half dollar, silver dollar and $5 gold half eagle in the program. McFarland’s design was one of 16 finalist designs chosen from 178 design entries submitted in an open design competition conducted from April 11 to May 11. The design was approved by Miller Sept. 9.
 
For more about the coin, please see Baseball coin

October 16, 2013: ANA Board of Governors meeting to be broadcast online
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time at the ANA's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs. The public will be able to watch free, live video of the proceedings.
 
The board meeting will be available to watch at Money.org and on the ANA's social media channels, including:
        On Twitter, @ANACoins
        On the ANA's Facebook page
        On the ANA's Google+ page
A replay of the meeting will be available immediately after the broadcast ends on the ANA's YouTube channel.
 
For more about the broadcast, please see Online broadcast

October 14, 2013: Jewelry dealer
 
The following is an email from PAN. "The PAN Fall Coin Show is 9 days away October 24th – 26th. Our front room is sold out and our back area is almost sold out. It looks like it is shaping up to be a very good show for both dealers and collectors.
 
We are interested in having one jewelry dealer to take a table but have not received any interest yet. I must admit that we have not tried very hard. The thought is that many times the wives or friends of some of our attendees come to the show and it would be nice to offer something else to look at. If you are a jewelry dealer then this could be a good opportunity to some business without much competition. If you know of any one call our show chairman Blaine Shiff 412-531-4100 or email PAN at Pan Coin Show info."
 
For more about the PAN Coin Show, please see Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists

September 27, 2013: Free admission during final day of ANA's 2014 National Money Show in Atlanta
 
The public can take advantage of free admission during the final day of the American Numismatic Association's 2014 National Money Show in Atlanta, Ga. The annual show will take place at the Cobb Galleria Centre from Feb. 27 to March 1, 2014. Parking at the convention center is free.
 
The schedule for the show, which was originally slated to conclude on March 2, was altered during a special meeting of the ANA Board of Governors on Thursday, Sept. 26.
 
For more about the 2014 National Money Show, please see 2014 National Money Show

September 23, 2013: Fort McHenry: clouds to sun
 
What started out as a slightly breezy, drizzly morning at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quickly turned into a beautiful sunny day during the Sept. 13 launch of the new Fort McHenry quarter dollar coin, 19th in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
 
A crowd of approximately 600 people, which included 300 schoolchildren, were in attendance on the grounds of the historic fort for the ceremony.
 
For more about the Fort McHenry quarter, please see Fort McHenry quarter

September 16, 2013: Olsen 1913 Liberty 5-cent coin returns to auction
 
Once appearing in an episode of the 1970s television drama Hawaii Five-O, the Fred Olsen example of the 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin will cross the auction block in January for the second time in four years.
 
The Olsen 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin was last offered Jan. 7, 2010, in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists convention. The coin sold in that sale for $3,737,500. The coin is now part of The Greensboro Collection.
 
For more about the Olsen 1913 Liberty 5-cent coin, please see 1913 Liberty

September 9, 2013: Packaging shortages cause delivery delays
 
Delays by the United States Mint in the shipping of the 2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver Set to customers are the result of packaging shortages.
 
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the Mint’s Office of Public Affairs, said Sept. 4 that the coins for the sets ordered have all been struck. A total of 281,310 of the two-coin sets were ordered during the specified ordering period between noon Eastern Time May 9 and 5 p.m. June 6. The sets were offered at $139.95 each.
 
For more about delivery delays, please see Delivery delays

September 2, 2013: 2013 Canadian coins feature doubled dies
 
Some collectors who bought Canada’s annual 2013 Uncirculated set are being doubly rewarded with die varieties.
 
An unknown number of sets feature examples of Loon dollars with a doubled die reverse, and some of those same sets also feature Polar Bear $2 coins with a doubled die obverse.
 
For more about these die varieties, please see 2013 Canadian coin die varieties

August 30, 2013: ANA's honors top members during 2013 World's Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association honored several of its members with a variety of awards during the recent 2013 World's Fair of Money at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont, Ill.
 
Richard Doty was honored posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Doty, who died on June 2, 2013, was senior numismatic curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. He authored several books, including Pictures from a Distant Country; The Soho Mint & The Industrialization of Money; America's Money, America's Story; and The Token: America's Other Money.
 
For more about these awards, please see ANA honors top members

August 26, 2013: MS-68 1889-CC $1 at $881,250
 
While lacking a million-dollar rarity, the official American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money auctions by Stack’s Bowers Galleries had dozens of stunners.
 
On Aug. 15, the company sold the key 1889-CC Morgan dollar, graded Mint State 68 by Professional Coin Grading Service, for $881,250. Stack’s Bowers was certainly confident in the coin’s ability to dazzle, writing at the start of the lot description, “All bets will be off, the room will be up for grabs and the sky will be the limit when this crosses the auction block!”
 
For more about this coin, please see MS-68 1889-CC $1 at $881,250

August 26, 2013: American Buffalo gold coin buyers profit
 
The U.S. Mint sold $3.33 million worth of Reverse Proof 2013-W American Buffalo 1-ounce gold $50 coins at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.
 
The Mint’s total revenue generated from the sale of 1,000 of the Reverse Proof gold coins on Aug. 13 and another 1,000 coins on Aug. 16 accounts for more than 90 percent of the more than $3.68 million the Mint recorded in sales for all U.S. Mint numismatic products at the convention.
 
For more on this story, please see American Buffalo gold

August 23, 2013: ANA Board of Governors votes to build new website, replace database
 
The American Numismatic Association will go forward with plans to replace its membership database and build a new, dynamic website after the Board of Governors voted unanimously on Aug. 16 to authorize the expenditure. The 9-0 vote came during the final meeting of the 2011-13 board held at the recent 2013 World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.
 
"The board made a united, magnanimous decision - an historic investment in the future for its membership to be more relevant and add more member value so it can become the premier, go-to educational resource in numismatics our founders envisioned," said new ANA President Walter Ostromecki, who served as Vice President on the 2011-13 board. "In the next year, we'll have a medium that will allow us to better connect and educate collectors all over the world."
 
Project costs are expected to run between $600,000 and $700,000 for the website and database. Investment revenue will cover the initial cost of the project. The current database was first installed at the ANA in 2004 along with the current website.
 
For more on this story, please see ANA to build new website

August 23, 2013: 9,082 hobbyists attend the 2013 World’s Fair of Money
 
A total of 9,082 people attended the American Numismatic Association's 2013 World's Fair of MoneySM, held Aug. 13-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
 
There were 3,494 members of the public in attendance over the five-day show, and 539 attendees signed up for membership in the ANA at the show.
 
The 2012 World's Fair of Money, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa., drew 8,810 visitors. The 2011 convention, also held in Rosemont, drew 9,113. In 1999, the Chicago World's Fair of Money saw 9,558 visitors.
 
For more on this story, please see World’s Fair of Money attendance

August 23, 2013: Deisher, Herbert inducted into Numismatic Hall of Fame
 
Beth Deisher and Alan Herbert were inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame during the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. The induction ceremony took place at the ANA Banquet, where ANA Numismatic Hall of Famer Q. David Bowers spoke about this year's inductees and the Hall of Fame. Both Deisher and Herbert were numismatic reporters and editors.
 
Deisher is a dedicated hobby advocate and retired editor ofCoin World. She is the founding editor of four numismatic publications. As an advocate for the hobby, Deisher served as hobby spokesperson to the general media for decades. She also testified at a 1988 congressional hearing about changing the designs on U.S. circulating coinage, and she cited abuses in the U.S. Mint's commemorative coin program in a 1995 House subcommittee hearing. Her ANA accolades include the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award (1995), two Presidential Awards (1999, 2009), and the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for Distinguished Service (2010).
 
For more, please see Numismatic Hall of Fame

August 23, 2013: ANA announces 2013 Literary Awards Winners
 
The ANA's 2013 literary awards -- recognizing articles published in the 2012 volume of the ANA's official magazine, The Numismatist -- were presented on Aug. 15 at the ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.The Numismatist was first published by ANA founder and inaugural editor Dr. George F. Heath in 1888 and this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.
 
The Heath Literary Award, introduced in 1949, acknowledges outstanding articles published in the preceding year. First place went to Q. David Bowers for his March 2012 article, "Era of Secrecy," which focused on the U.S. Mint's practice of striking special coins for collectors in the late 1800s. Bowers received $250, a silver medal and a certificate. Bowers generously donated his $250 prize money to the ANA's Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library.
 
For more, please see Literary Awards

August 22, 2013: David Alexander named ANA’s 2013 Numismatist of the Year
 
David Alexander, a collector, scholar, and numismatic author with more than 38 years of experience, is the American Numismatic Association's 2013 Numismatist of the Year. He was presented with the award Aug. 16 during the Awards Banquet at the ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.
 
Alexander has authored numerous publications aiding and contributing to the hobby. He is most noted for his book,American Art Medals, 1909-1995: Circle of Friends of the Medallion and Society of Medalists. He has written cover stories forThe Numismatist, including: "Chinese Gold Ingot of Oregon and Peter Britt" (1987), "Die Varieties of the Medals of Wartime Philippine President Jose P. Laurell" (1988), and "Selling America's Rarest Coin: The 1933 Double Eagle" (2002). He currently writes a weekly column forCoin Worldtitled "The Research Desk."
 
For more, please see Numismatist of the Year

August 22, 2013: Sekulich, Harker, Reinders win top honors in exhibiting at 2013 World’s Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association presented 53 competitive exhibit awards at the 2013 World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. Winners were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception Aug 16 and at the awards banquet that evening.
 
Thirty-eight exhibitors of all ages and experience levels, showing 49 exhibits, competed in this year's program. There were also two non-competitive exhibitors showing two additional exhibits.
 
For more, please see Top honors in exhibiting

August 21, 2013: Bradley S. Karoleff named 2013 Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year
 
Bradley S. Karoleff is the 2013 recipient of the American Numismatic Association Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, presented Aug. 13 at the World's Fair of Money Kickoff event.
 
The award is presented annually to an ANA-member dealer who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the Association. The award is named in honor of the late Harry J. Forman, a Philadelphia coin dealer, author and ANA life member.
 
For more, please see Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year

August 19, 2013: When are price guides largely irrelevant?
 
Coin World’s Coin Values provides values for nice coins at retail price levels. Of course, when a coin is gorgeously toned or an outrageous condition rarity, price guides can become largely irrelevant.
 
As evidence of this, one can look at an 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition commemorative half dollar in a Professional Coin Grading Service Mint State 67+ holder with a green Certified Acceptance Sticker indicating quality within the grade. It brought a huge $35,250 at Heritage’s Aug. 9 auction held immediately before the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. It’s one of four PCGS MS-67+ examples of this otherwise common issue.
 
For more, please see Price guides largely irrelevant

August 19, 2013: Class I 1804 dollar realizes $3.87 million
 
The Mickley-Hawn-Queller Class I 1804 Draped Bust dollar brought $3,877,500 on Aug. 9 as part of Heritage’s auctions held prior to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money.
 
The dollar — graded Proof 62 by Professional Coin Grading Service — carried an estimate of $3 million. It sold for a bid of $3.3 million, and with Heritage’s current 17.5 percent buyer’s fee, the total price paid was $3,877,500. In total, Heritage’s pre-ANA auctions brought nearly $29 million.
 
For more about this sale, please see 1804 dollar realizes $3.87 million

August 19, 2013: Gold American Buffaloes cause show stampede
 
The Reverse Proof 2013-W American Buffalo gold coin was a hot commodity Aug. 13 at the U.S. Mint’s booth at the American Numismatic Association convention in Rosemont, Ill., with three dealers acquiring more than half of the coins through surrogates.
 
A long line formed at the United States Mint booth during the opening day of the ANA World’s Fair of Money in the Chicago suburb. Exhausting the Mint’s supply of 1,000 Reverse Proof American Buffalo 1-ounce gold $50 coins took approximately five hours.
 
For more on this story, please see American Buffaloes

August 12, 2013: Own the Kingdom of Hawaii
 
Before Hawaii was named the 50th state in 1959, it was a territory, and before that, it was the independent Kingdom of Hawaii with its own coinage.
 
In 1883 King Kalakaua I issued dimes, quarter dollars, half dollars and silver dollars designed by the U.S. Mint’s Charles Barber and struck at the San Francisco Mint.
 
For more on these coins, please see Kingdom of Hawaii

August 12, 2013: First Spouses receive their 2013 unveiling
 
Final designs approved by Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin for the 2013 First Spouse half-ounce .9999 fine gold $10 coins were released Aug. 6 by the U.S. Mint.
 
The designs commemorate first ladies Ida McKinley, Edith Roosevelt, Helen Taft, Ellen Wilson and Edith Wilson.
 
For more on these coins, please see First Spouses

August 5, 2013: Bank of Canada gold hoard
 
While our market analysis typically focuses on U.S. coins, it’s been hard to avoid noticing advertisements from the Royal Canadian Mint offering 1912, 1913 and 1914 $5 and $10 coins from the Bank of Canada hoard.
 
The Bank of Canada had held approximately 245,000 King George V gold $5 and $10 coins dated 1912, 1913 or 1914 in the Exchange Fund Account controlled by the minister of Finance. Of those, 30,000 were selected for sale to collectors in two groups: “Premium Hand-Selected” and “Hand-Selected.”
 
For more information, please see Bank of Canada gold hoard

August 5, 2013: Second Newman sale gets November dates
 
The November auction of more coins from the collection of Eric P. Newman promises to offer both top rarities and more affordable pieces. The majority of the coins to be offered in the Nov. 15 and 16 Newman sale in New York City have been off the market for more than half a century.
 
“Many of these historic treasures have been in Newman’s possession since he obtained them directly from the estate of another legendary collector, Colonel E.H.R. Green, more than 70 years ago,” said Jim Halperin, co-chairman of Heritage Auctions, which will conduct the auction, the firm’s second offering of Newman coins.
 
For more information, please see Second Newman sale

July 30, 2013: David Schenkman named 2013 recipient of Farran Zerbe Award
 
Noted token expert David E. Schenkman is the 2013 recipient of the American Numismatic Association's Farran Zerbe Memorial Award. The Association's most prestigious award is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. He will be presented with the award at the World's Fair of Money during the ANA banquet from Aug. 16 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.
 
Schenkman has shared his knowledge of tokens with collectors since his first article was published in the early 1960s. His eight books are each considered a standard reference. He has been a columnist and contributing editor forThe Numismatistfor many years, and he received ANA Heath Literary Awards in 1994 and 2013.
 
For more information, please see David Schenkman

July 22, 2013: World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
 
On June 13, 2013, Congressmen Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, introduced The World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The American Numismatic Association has officially endorsed this bipartisan bill and is calling on members to take action in contacting their Congressional representatives to sponsor the bill.
 
"I'm glad that the ANA has gotten behind this very worthwhile and noble cause. It's important that we honor our American veterans of the First World War," said Rod Gillis, the ANA's Numismatic Educator. "Coins are commemorative documents that hold invaluable knowledge."
 
For more information, please see American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

July 22, 2013: Commemorative bill seeks several firsts
 
To mark the sesquicentennial of the abolition of slavery in America, platinum and gold ringed-bimetallic $50, gold $20 and silver dollar commemorative coins would be struck in 2016 if legislation is approved by Congress and signed into law.
 
The measure would authorize the first commemorative gold $20 coin and the first commemorative silver dollar with the specifications of the American Eagle silver dollar.
 
For more, please see Commemorative bill

July 22, 2013: Glove design an easy call for coins
 
Alex Krieger, an architect member of the Commission of Fine Arts, said it was an easy call for next year’s set of baseball coins. If the reverse is a baseball, then the obverse has to be a glove, he said.
 
And with that his four fellow commissioners at the July 18 meeting were in complete agreement on the obverse design for the 2014 coins honoring the National Baseball Hall of Fame. No debate and little discussion accompanied the decision.
 
For more, please see Glove design

July 19, 2013: New $100 Note Factsheet
 
The club president has asked me to include the factsheet for the new $100 note to be released in October. For a full size window of the new $100 note, please see New $100 Note

July 17, 2013: The World's Fair of Money will feature more than $1 billion worth of historic rare coins and colorful paper money
 
From the oldest to the newest, you'll see a billion bucks including George Washington's first coin and the first look at the new $100 bill, Aug 13 - 17.
 
(Rosemont, IL) -- The public can see more than $1 billion worth of historic rare coins and colorful paper money, including the USA's very first coin and a sneak peek of the soon-to-be released new $100 bill, at the World's Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com), in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Hall A, in Rosemont, Illinois, August 13 - 17, 2013. The public also can get free, informal appraisals of their old coins and paper money at this family-friendly, educational event sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association.
 
For additional more, please see World's Fair of Money

July 15, 2013: Girl Scouts dollar limited-edition set to debut
 
A limited-edition 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Young Collectors set is scheduled to be offered by the U.S. Mint beginning at noon Eastern Time July 19.
 
Limited to a maximum release of 50,000 sets, the set includes an Uncirculated 2013-W Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial silver dollar along with colorful graphics paired with historic images.
 
For additional details, please see Girl Scouts dollar

July 10, 2013: Browne, Shamhart receive honorary Doctor of Numismatics degrees
 
Longtime Summer Seminar instructors Charles O. Browne and William Shamhart were awarded honorary Doctor of Numismatics degrees from the American Numismatic Association's Florence Schook School of Numismatics on Thursday, July 4, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
 
Browne and Shamhart have been co-instructors for the Summer Seminar course "Advanced Grading and Problem Coins" since 2005. Both are longtime numismatists — Browne began collecting in 1958 while Shamhart started in 1974.
 
For more on this story, please see Browne, Shamhart receive honorary Doctor of Numismatics degrees

July 8, 2013: Strong bids for Seated coinage
 
The rare coin market loves fresh discoveries from old collections, such as the exceptional 1846-O Seated Liberty dollar that emerged from the Linnemann Family Collection recently.
 
The Professional Coin Grading Service Mint State 64 dollar was offered as part of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ June 21 auction during Whitman’s Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo. It sold on a bid of $37,500 (or $44,062.50 once the firm’s 17.5 percent buyer’s fee is accounted for).
 
For additional details, please see Strong bids for Seated coinage

July 8, 2013: Members return incumbents to ANA Board
 
The American Numismatic Association’s membership seems to be generally content with the current direction of the organization, re-electing each of the incumbents to the 2013-2015 ANA Board of Governors.
 
Newly elected board members Ralph Ross, Jeff Swindling and Laura Sperber will join incumbents Gary Adkins, Scott Rottinghaus, Mike Ellis and Greg Lyon on the 2013-2015 board along with President Walter Ostromecki and Vice President Jeff Garrett.
 
For more details, please see Members return incumbents

July 5, 2013: U.S. Mint to offer second 5-Star Generals set
 
The United States Mint will begin sales Aug. 5 of a limited-edition 2013 5-Star Generals Profiles Collection set. Sales are scheduled to begin at noon Eastern Time Aug. 5.
 
The Profiles set will contain an Uncirculated 2013-W 5-Star Generals silver dollar depicting conjoined portraits of Gens. George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower; an Uncirculated copper-nickel clad 2013-D half dollar depicting conjoined portraits of Gens. Henry “Hap” Arnold and Omar N. Bradley; and in place of the gold half eagle depicting Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a 1.5-inch bronze duplicate of the congressional gold medal presented in 1962 “in recognition of the gallant service rendered by General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to his country. ...”
 
For more, please see 5-Star Generals set

July 3, 2013: Ross, Swindling, Sperber, to join six incumbents re-elected to the ANA Board of Governors
 
Voting members of the American Numismatic Association have chosen three new candidates and six incumbents to the ANA Board of Governors for the 2013-15 election term.
 
New members Ralph Ross, Jeff Swindling and Laura Sperber will join Gary Adkins, Scott Rottinghaus, Mike Ellis and Greg Lyon on the Board of Governors along with President-elect Walter Ostromecki and Vice President-elect Jeff Garrett. Both Ostromecki and Garrett ran unopposed. In accordance with ANA bylaws, ballots for uncontested offices are not tabulated. Only the first vote is counted in both of those races.
 
For more, please see ANA Board of Governors

July 1, 2013: Top Eisenhower dollars soar
 
The rarest Eisenhower dollars continue to attract the attention of moneyed collectors as evidenced by the increasingly high prices being achieved at auction for the exceptional examples.
 
At Heritage’s June 6 Long Beach auction, a Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Proof 68 Ultra Cameo 1971-S Eisenhower silver-copper clad dollar with the Type One, Low Relief reverse (and a doubled die obverse) realized $9,400.
 
For more, please see Eisenhower dollars soar

July 1, 2013: Tribal government recommendations heeded
 
With lavish praise for the U.S. Mint’s latest medal series, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee followed the wishes of tribal governments in recommending designs for seven new Code Talker medals.
 
Although it had tribal support for every recommendation, the committee also declared that Mint artists had breathed new life into a congressionally-mandated medal series for every Native American tribe that ever sent Native-speaking code talkers into World War I or World War II.
 
For more, please see Code Talker medals

June 28, 2013: ANA Board of Governor election results to be broadcast online
 
American Numismatic Association President Tom Hallenbeck will announce the winners of the 2013-15 Board of Governors election during a live online broadcast at 4:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
 
The broadcast will be available at Money.org/Elections and on the ANA's YouTube channel at YouTube.com/AmericanNumismatic.
 
For election results, please see ANA Board of Governor election results

June 28, 2013: Father-daughter duo honored at ANA Summer Seminar graduation
 
Katie Reinders received the YN of the Year Award while her father, James Reinders, was honored with the 2013 Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Adult Advisor during the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar Graduation Banquet on Thursday, June 27, 2013.
 
Also honored at the event was longtime Summer Seminar instructor Col. Steven Ellsworth, who received a Presidential Award from ANA President Tom Hallenbeck for his dedicated service to the hobby and the Association.
 
For more on this story, please see Father-daughter duo honored

June 28, 2013: Save money on shipping insurance with this ANA benefit
 
American Numismatic Association and North American Collectibles Association members can save substantially on shipping insurance through the popular online program, Shipandinsure.com.
 
After joining the NACA for an introductory six-month trial offer of $45, members can take advantage of the discounts on ShipandInsure.com.
 
For additional details, please contact Elaine Lockard at (877) 393-5310 or by email at Save money on shipping insurance

June 24, 2013: New finish requires many production steps
 
The procedures the U.S. Mint follows to prepare the dies used to strike the Enhanced Uncirculated 2013-W American Eagle silver dollars are part of an extensive process. Multiple operations must be executed to create the desired final finishes found on the coin.
 
The Enhanced Uncirculated coin accompanies a Reverse Proof coin in the 2013 American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver set. Working dies for the West Point Mint are fabricated at the main Philadelphia Mint, then shipped to the West Point facility where they receive the final finishing steps, which involve polishing and generating different intensities of laser frosting.
 
For more on this, please see New finish

June 17, 2013: Collecting the Civil War's smallest denomination
 
For U.S. coin collectors, the Civil War provides collecting opportunities for all budgets. If there’s a single coin type that’s symbolic of the era, it’s the Indian Head copper-nickel cent.
 
The Indian Head cent debuted in 1859, and in 1860 its reverse was modified with the adoption of a different wreath and addition of a shield. Indian Head copper-nickel cents are occasionally referred to in old literature as “white cents” or even “nicks” because of their tan color. In the later part of 1864, the copper content was increased and nickel removed entirely, and the bronze Indian Head cents of 1864 and after regained a familiar copper color.
 
For more on this, please see Civil War's smallest denomination

June 17, 2013: West Point Mint marks its 75th anniversary
 
The facility now called the West Point Mint opened June 13, 1938, as a silver bullion depository. During its 75 years of existence, its responsibilities have increased. It now holds 25 percent of the nation’s gold bullion reserves, and since 1975, it has struck coins.
 
The West Point facility has struck Lincoln cents and Washington quarter dollars for circulation; it has produced foreign coins; and it has struck commemorative coins, and numismatic and gold, silver and platinum bullion coins. In addition, it has struck gold medals. The West Point facility was elevated to full Mint status under legislation signed into law March 31, 1988, by President Ronald Reagan.
 
For more on this, please see West Point Mint 75th anniversary

June 3, 2013: $10 large cent likely worth 1,000 times more
 
Florida collector Scott Nelson thought it a bit unusual April 7 when, not one, but two bidders requested that he end his eBay auction early for an 1825 Coronet cent that he had posted only 15 minutes before, so they could buy the coin outright.
 
Nelson did decide to end the auction early, but only to do a little numismatic sleuthing, believing that what he was offering with an opening bid of $10 might be worth considerably more. Intuition proved he was right. Even in Good 4 condition, Nelson’s coin may be worth 1,000 or more times what he paid for it.
 
For more on this story, please see $10 large cent

May 27, 2013: Reverse Proof American Buffalo in production
 
The West Point Mint has begun production of the Reverse Proof 2013-W American Buffalo 1-ounce gold $50 coin, which will be offered sometime later this year.
 
The coin will be sold individually and be packaged in the same type of wood box as the Proof 2013-W American Buffalo gold coin, but the outer box will feature a leatherlike material so it is easily recognizable as a different product, U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White said.
 
For more information, please see Reverse Proof American Buffalo

May 19, 2013: Exhibitor award winners announced for 2013 National Money Show
 
American Numismatic Association member Dennis Schafluetzel received the Steven J. D'Ippolito Best-in-Show Exhibit and the People's Choice awards for his exhibit, "Railroad & River Hub Gives Rise to Bank of Chattanooga," at the 2013 National Money ShowSM, May 9-11 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
At the World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia last year, Schafluetzel's exhibit took runner-up for the Best-of-Show Award. That version of the exhibit featured seven cases of pre-Civil War obsolete notes from the Bank of Chattanooga. For this year's exhibit, he added seven cases of Chattanooga notes used during the Civil War (For an in-depth article on pre-Civil War notes issued by the Bank of Chattanooga notes, see the May edition of The Numismatist,pages 43-48).
 
For more winners, please see Exhibitor award winners

May 13, 2013: New co-owner of Walton 1913 5¢ in the limelight
 
Florida dealer Larry Lee has been taking full advantage of being majority owner in the George Walton 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin beginning with its public display May 9 to 11 at the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in New Orleans.
 
Lee, owner of Coin and Bullion Reserves in Panama City, said he also plans to publicly exhibit the coin in his coin shop under security so more collectors may have the opportunity to see the most storied of the five 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coins known.
 
For more on this story, please see Walton 1913 5¢

May 13, 2013: Baseball half to be in concave/convex style
 
The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame copper-nickel clad half dollar will be produced in the same concave obverse and convex reverse shape to be employed for the gold $5 half eagle and silver dollar.
 
“We’re happy to not only meet, but also exceed, Congress’s expectations by minting the half dollar clad coin in the same unique shape as the other National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins to accommodate the broadest range of our customers at the most affordable price,” Acting U.S. Mint Director Dick Peterson announced May 7.
 
For more on this, please see Baseball Half Dollar

May 1, 2013: Veteran ANA employee Kim Kiick named Executive Director
 
Kim Kiick, a long-time senior manager and Director of Operations at the American Numismatic Association, has been named the Association's new executive director, replacing Jeff Shevlin, whose contract was not renewed by the ANA Board of Governors.
 
Kiick, who began her ANA career in 1982, supervised day-to-day operations as interim executive director from August 2011 through June 2012. She previously served as executive assistant to Executive Director Edward C. Rochette, Associate Executive Director of Operations, Membership and IT Operations Manager and Senior Administrative Manager.
 
For more about Kim, please see Kim Kiick named Executive Director

April 30, 2013: ANA traveling exhibit ‘Money in Early America’ to be featured at Texas Numismatic Association Convention
 
"Money in Early America," a traveling exhibit from the American Numismatic Association's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, will be featured at the 55th annual Texas Numismatic Association Convention and Coin Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, May 31-June 2.
 
"Money in Early America" shows the fascinating history of the money that helped build a nation. The exhibit includes 28 numismatic items in three full-color interpretive panels. This exhibit presents fascinating educational facts and items about the first money used in early American colonies. Items displayed include a 1776 U.S. Continental half dollar note, United Kingdom Charles I 1625-6 shilling, 1773 Virginia halfpenny (copy), 1652 Pine Tree shilling (copy), and much more.
 
For more on this story, please see Money in Early America

April 29, 2013: Walton 1913 5-cent coin tops $3.17 million
 
The George Walton specimen of the 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin sold April 25 at auction in Schaumburg, Ill., for $3,172,500. The price for the coin, certified Proof 63 by Professional Coin Grading Service, represents the $2.7 million hammer price plus the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.
 
Jeff Garrett from Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries, Lexington, Ky., placed the winning floor bid during Heritage Auction’s Platinum Night session held in conjunction with the 74th anniversary convention of the Central States Numismatic Society.
 
For more on this story, please see 1913 5-cent coin tops $3.17 million

April 26, 2013: ANA Board Elects Not To Extend Contract of Executive Director Jeff Shevlin
 
American Numismatic Association President Thomas Hallenbeck announced today that the ANA Board of Governors has elected not to extend the contract of Executive Director Jeff Shevlin.
 
"After considering the Board's mission and objectives, the Board of Governors concluded that Mr. Shevlin was not the right fit to lead the Association going forward," Hallenbeck said. "The board felt that it was in the Association's best interest to sever our relationship and seek new leadership for the Association."
 
For more on this story, please see ANA Board

April 22, 2013: Mint may sell 2014 Kennedy half dollar set
 
The United States Mint has under consideration six different multicoin options to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar in 2014.
 
Among the possibilities, from which two options could be selected, is a four-coin set containing Reverse Proof 2014 90 percent silver half dollars struck at each of the four production facilities, in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver and West Point.
 
For more on this story, please see 2014 Kennedy half dollar

April 22, 2013: South Carolina Teenager Wins PNG 2013 YN Scholarship
 
(Temecula, California) - A 16-year old South Carolina high school sophomore, Raymond Hawkins, who began collecting coins six years ago and recently founded a local coin club and a coin dealership, is the winner of the Professional Numismatists Guild's (www.PNGdealers.com) 2013 Young Numismatist scholarship competition. The annual PNG scholarship provides tuition and expense money to attend one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions conducted by the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 
Hawkins is an honors student at Holly Hill Academy near his hometown of Eutawville, South Carolina, plays the pipe organ and is considering becoming a music major when he attends college. He recently used an 1808 French 10 centimes coin as the centerpiece for a history class presentation about Napoleon, and eagerly wants to "learn even more about the skills involved in coin collecting."
 
For more on this story, please see South Carolina Teenager

April 14, 2013: National Money Show a Treasure Trove of Activity for Collectors
 
The American Numismatic Association's National Money Show TM will showcase some of the world's most valuable and historic numismatic items, 500 of the hobby's best dealers, a world-class auction by Stack's Bowers Galleries and a wide variety of educational programs and family activities from May 9-11 in New Orleans, La.
 
The show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 9-10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11, with ticket sales ending 30 minutes before closing. Admission is free for ANA members and $6 for non-members. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free.
 
For additional details, please see National Money Show

April 8, 2013: ANA Museum Showcase highlights major Louisiana numismatic items
 
The American Numismatic Association will present a stunning array of rare and historically significant Louisiana items as part of the Museum Showcase at the National Money Show from May 9-11 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
 
"Our showcase is going to highlight the history of Louisiana and New Orleans with items seldom seen by the public," said Douglas Mudd, the ANA's Money Museum curator. "Some highlights include silver and bronze examples of the medal awarded to Zachary Taylor by the state of Louisiana following his victories in the Mexican-American War, and some extremely rare items related to the great Mississippi Bubble scandal of the 1720s."
 
For more on this story, please see Louisiana numismatic items

April 8, 2013: American Eagle realizes $86,654 in auction
 
A collector paid a record-setting $86,654.70 on March 31 to acquire a Professional Coin Grading Service Proof 70 Deep Cameo 1995-W American Eagle silver dollar in an online auction conducted by GreatCollections.
 
Ian Russell, president and founder of GreatCollections, said April 1 that the unnamed collector who purchased the coin was not seeking to complete a collection of Proof silver American Eagles. The collector had waited years to find a premium example of the key date for the entire Proof American Eagle silver series and was willing to pay what it would take, Russell said.
 
For more on this story, please see American Eagle realizes $86,654

April 1, 2013: Mint reaches out on convex/concave coins
 
The U.S. Mint has been reaching out to at least one foreign mint with expertise in the production of a convex/concave coin as it prepares its own similar issues for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame coin program.
 
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Public Affairs, said March 21 that U.S. Mint technical personnel had an extensive group discussion with a senior member of the Perth Mint’s technical staff in Australia at the start of the program to establish project parameters. The meeting was held as part of the research and development for the three-coin commemorative program, he said.
 
For more on this story, please see Convex/concave coins

March 25, 2013: Mint to introduce new American Eagle finish
 
Elements of the field and devices of the upcoming Enhanced Uncirculated 2013-W American Eagle silver dollar will exhibit one of three different finishes.
 
The Enhanced Uncirculated 2013-W American Eagle silver dollar is to be included later this year as part of a two-coin silver American Eagle set to be offered to U.S. Mint customers. The set will celebrate the 75th anniversary of what is now known as the West Point Mint.
 
For more information, please see New American Eagle finish

March 18, 2013: New Summer Seminar Course Taught by Numismatic Icons
 
The American Numismatic Association will offer a new Summer Seminar course, "Legends in Numismatics," which will be taught by a slate of world-renowned numismatists. The course will be offered during both sessions, June 22-28 and June 29-July 5, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
 
"This is a rare opportunity for students to get first-hand experience with some of the icons in the numismatic industry," ANA Executive Director Jeff Shelvin said.
 
For more information, please see New Summer Seminar Course

March 18, 2013: 5-Star Generals coins sales start March 21
 
The copper-nickel clad half dollar, the silver dollar and the gold $5 half eagle that together comprise the 2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Program go on sale from the U.S. Mint at noon Eastern Time March 21.
 
Pricing has been announced for all single-coin options except the Proof and Uncirculated half eagles. Pricing also had not been released for the three-coin Proof set, which includes the Proof half eagle. The three-coin Proof set is limited to a release of 10,000 sets. The Mint will announce the prices for gold options on March 20.
 
For more details, please see Star Generals coins

March 11, 2013: Palladium bullion coin likely unprofitable
 
While a U.S. Mint-commissioned feasibility study suggests a palladium American Eagle bullion coin program for investors would likely be unprofitable, the report states that Proof and Uncirculated coins offered to collectors might draw limited interest, yet still be profitable.
 
The palladium market study was completed by New York City-based CPM Group under provisions of the American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-303). CPM Group is a commodities market research, consulting, asset management and investment-banking firm. The strongest demand for an American Eagle palladium coin would be during the first year of the program, the findings state.
 
For more highlights, please see Palladium bullion coins

March 6, 2013: ANA Road Show makes stop at Georgia Numismatic Association show
 
The American Numismatic Association Road Show will make its next stop at the Georgia Numismatic Association 49th Coin & Currency Show, from April 19-21 at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center in Dalton, Ga.
 
The ANA Road Show gives members and collectors around the country an opportunity to see some of the most impressive items from the ANA's Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library's Mobile Archives. Collectors also can attend ANA Money Talks presentations and learn more about ANA educational programs.
 
For more highlights, please see ANA Road Show

March 4, 2013: ANA Summer Seminar Fields a Lineup of All-Star Instructors
 
The American Numismatic Association will present an innovative new course, "Light from Many Lamps: All-Star Numismatic Symposium," during this year's Summer Seminar. The course will be available during both sessions, June 22-28 and June 29-July 5.
 
The course will feature 16 presenters each session. Presenters will discuss topics in their areas of expertise, bringing variety and diversity to the course.
 
For more on this course, please see Summer Seminar

February 18, 2013: Counterfeit bullion: a plague on the market
 
Counterfeit silver bullion coins, rounds and bars have plagued the numismatic marketplace for several years, but some in the hobby are seeing what might be a surge of some fakes.
 
Counterfeits of some of the bullion pieces have been around for a number of years, though increasing numbers are showing up, and manufacturing methods have made some pieces more highly deceptive.
 
For details, please see Counterfeit bullion

February 13, 2013: Downingtown Coins victims of a robbery
 
It is with regret that we report the events of Tuesday, January 29th, when our supporters at Downingtown Coins, Marchwood Shopping Plaza, Exton, PA were the victims of a robbery at knife point. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, however a significant amount of coins and cash were taken during this crime.
 
Anyone with information related to this crime, or encountering attempts to sell these coins, should contact the Uwchlan Township Police Department in Exton, PA at 610-363-6947. For more information you can contact Hank, Dean or Dave at Downingtown Coins at 610-524-6184.
 
The list of stolen items includes:
  • One box of 20-1 ounce silver rounds
  • 3 full sets of Silver Eagles in Dansco albums
  • 2 Canadian Maple Leafs
  • 2 – 1oz. American Gold Eagles
  • 1 – South African Rand
  • 1 – Chinese Panda
  • 2 – 1/2 ounce American Gold Eagles
  • 7 – 1/10 ounce American Gold Eagles
  • 1 – 1/10 ounce Gold Panda
  • 4 – $5 US Gold Liberty pieces
  • 2 – $2 1/2 US Gold Indian Head pieces
  • 4 – $1 US Gold Pieces
  • 2 – Mexican Gold 2 Pesos
  • 28 coins in a tray
  • 8 slabbed coins
  • 1 – $20 US St. Gaudens from the John Dupont Collection
  • 2 – $3 Gold Pieces (AU-58 & AU55)
  • 1 – 1/2 ounce US Gold Eagle in a PCGS slab
For details, please see Downingtown Coins robbery

February 4, 2013: Fake American Eagle silver coins surface
 
A counterfeit 2011 American Eagle silver bullion coin recently passed as genuine at a coin shop in Toronto contains no silver, but does contain a trace amount of gold in its composition.
 
Andrew Greenham from Forest City Coins in London, Ontario, Canada, obtained the counterfeit from a second Toronto dealer who had acquired 10 examples from yet a third, unidentified, Toronto dealer, who was duped into purchasing the pieces from an unidentified seller, as genuine silver Eagles.
 
For details, please see Fake American Eagle silver coins

January 28, 2013: 1794 silver dollar realizes $10 million in sale
 
The finest known 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar, which some numismatic experts believe is the first U.S. silver dollar struck, brought a record $10,016,875 at public auction Jan. 24.
 
Legend Numismatics, Lincroft, N.J., placed the winning bid during the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York Americana Sale. The price eclipses the $7.59 million paid in the July 30, 2002, single-coin auction by Sotheby’s, in conjunction with Stack’s, for the purported King Farouk example of a 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagle.
 
For details, please see Silver dollar realizes $10 million

January 25, 2013: ANA board approves electronic voting for 2013 election
 
The ANA Board of Governors voted to allow both paper and electronic voting for the 2013 ANA election during a special session held Jan. 11 in Orlando, Fla. The motion passed 7-2, with Governor Clifford Mishler and Vice President Walter Ostromecki opposed.
 
The firm Survey and Ballot Systems will conduct the election. ANA members must opt-in to receive an electronic ballot; otherwise they will be mailed a traditional paper ballot. Members should login to the Members Only section of www.Money.org and select ANA Election Ballots to opt-in for the electronic ballot or to verify their mailing address for the paper ballot.
 
For details, please see ANA board approves electronic voting

January 22, 2013: PNG Sponsors YN Scholarship Competition for Summer Seminar
 
The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.com) will provide a scholarship to a deserving young numismatist (YN) to attend the 2013 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is the ninth consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational programs.
 
"Once again, the PNG is happy to provide a scholarship that will cover airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions in June or July, meals and six nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.
 
For details, please see YN Scholarship for Summer Seminar

January 21, 2013: Defining 'The Ultimate Silver Trophy Coin'
 
What coin comes to mind when you see the phrase “The Ultimate Silver Trophy Coin”? Heritage’s recent Florida United Numismatists auction used the phrase when describing the Proof 1895 Morgan dollar, calling the issue “a trophy that can actually be won by collectors who are not megawealthy.”
 
Philadelphia Mint 1895 Morgan dollars are available only in Proof format as no circulation strikes have been confirmed to exist despite a reported mintage of 12,000 pieces.
 
For more on this, please see The Ultimate Silver Trophy Coin

January 16, 2013: Papers on World’s Fairs wanted for Sundman Lecture Series
 
COLORADO SPRINGS – The American Numismatic Association is accepting papers on “Numismatics in its Relationship to World’s Fairs and Expositions" from authors and researchers who would like to be a part of the Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series.
 
Selected authors will be asked to deliver presentations in the Aug. 14 symposium at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This year marks the 120th anniversary of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the 70th anniversary of the Century of Progress International Exposition, both held in Chicago. Selected presenters will receive a $250 honorarium.
 
For additional details, please see Papers on World’s Fairs

January 14, 2013: PCGS offers reward for 1964-D Peace dollar
 
Professional Coin Grading Service officials are hoping that someone in the collecting community holds a genuine 1964-D Peace dollar, and the firm is willing to pay a $10,000 reward just for the opportunity to examine one of the legendary trial strikes from 1965.
 
PCGS officials announced the reward on Jan. 11 during the grading service’s luncheon at the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando.
 
For additional details, please see Reward

January 8, 2013: Buffalo Nickel Centennial: Black Diamond Shines Again
 
A century ago, the United States Mint was preparing to release what would become one of the country's best-loved coin designs. A North American bison named Black Diamond likely served as the model for the coin's iconic reverse.
 
"Buffalo Nickel Centennial: Black Diamond Shines Again" is the theme for the 90th annual National Coin Week, April 21-27.
 
For more details, please see Buffalo Nickel Centennial

January 7, 2013: 1943 bronze cent's origins puzzle researchers
 
A 1943 Lincoln cent struck on a bronze planchet of a composition whose purpose cannot be determined is crossing the auction block Jan. 24 in New York City.
 
The unique composition cent will be offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries as part of its Rarities Night session during its Jan. 22 to 24 New York Americana Sale.
 
For more on this story, please see 1943 bronze cent

December 31, 2012: Metals testing will continue
 
While two years of initial research and development by the U.S. Mint into coinage metals and alloys offer some promising composition alternatives, some factors have to be examined further to ensure a seamless transition should changes be approved, says Deputy U.S. Mint Director Richard A. Peterson.
 
Peterson said the U.S. Mint has an active plan in place to continue its research and development efforts in 2013.
 
For more information, please see Metals testing

December 31, 2012: Color changes possible for some U.S. coins
 
Of the current top three contenders for a change in composition for the copper-nickel Jefferson 5-cent coin, two exhibit a yellowish hue and the third is golden in color, according to a report to Congress submitted Dec. 13 by the United States Mint.
 
One of those three alternatives — multi-ply-plated steel — is produced by a process patented by the Royal Canadian Mint. Its use would likely require the U.S. Mint pay a licensing fee.
 
For more information, please see Color changes possible

December 28, 2012: Summer Seminar scholarships available for talented Young Numismatists
 
Young Numismatists have the opportunity to earn full and partial scholarships for the American Numismatic Association’s highly acclaimed 2013 Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo.
 
The two, one-week sessions are scheduled from June 22-28 and June 29-July 5. Scholarship applications from ANA members between the ages of 13-22 are due by Jan. 31.
 
For more information, please see ANA Summer Seminar scholarships

December 19, 2012: Mint reorganizes upper, middle management
 
The U.S. Mint has implemented an extensive reorganization of its middle and upper management in an effort, officials say, to maximize its human resources and to better serve its external and internal customers.
 
The Mint reorganization was announced Dec. 11 by Deputy U.S. Mint Director Richard A. Peterson. The assignments become effective Jan. 2.
 
For more information, please see Mint reorganizes

December 19, 2012: ANA sued by former executive director Larry Shepherd
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The American Numismatic Association was recently served with a lawsuit by former Executive Director Larry Shepherd.
 
The ANA has stated "There is no merit to any of the allegations contained in the lawsuit, and it will be vigorously defended. The ANA will make no further comment with regard to this pending litigation."
 
For more, please see ANA sued

December 17, 2012: Mint wants more time to study compositions
 
The U.S. Mint’s report to Congress on alternative metals for circulating coinage calls for additional testing before any recommendations on replacements are made.
 
The findings in the report are the result of nearly two years of extensive research by the U.S. Mint into alternative metals for circulating coins.
 
For additional information, please see Mint wants more time

December 17, 2012: 2013 Kicks Off With NYINC
 
The New York International Numismatic Convention, now in its 41st year, will take place at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Jan. 10-13, 2013.
 
The bourse area will feature dealers from 21 states and 15 foreign countries, said Kevin Foley, bourse chairman.
 
For more information, please see New York International Numismatic Convention

December 13, 2012: U.S. Mint redesigns, updates website for faster navigation
 
The United States Mint has redesigned and updated its website at www.usmint.gov. Mint officials say the changes should make user navigation of the website easier.
 
The catalog section, accessible from a link on the Mint website’s home page, now has the same navigation features as all other pages of the website.
 
For more information, please see U.S. Mint website

December 11, 2012: BEP to offer anniversary set
 
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing will begin offering its 150th Anniversary Currency set on Dec. 11. The BEP marked the 150th anniversary of its formation in 2012.
 
The limited edition two-note set features a Series 2009 $2 Federal Reserve note printed for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a Series 2009 $5 FRN printed for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
 
For the more information, please see BEP anniversary set

December 10, 2012: Unusual 1942 pattern 'cents'
 
In the last several years, collectors have had to pay increasingly stronger prices at auction for experimental 1942 pattern “cents” made of plastic, glass and other unusual compositions. A large part of this increased demand likely stems from the pieces reaching a larger audience via inclusion in reference books.
 
The history of these interesting pieces was described by researcher Roger W. Burdette in the Nov. 26 issue of Coin World. The 1942 pieces were tests of experimental compositions and were privately produced at the request of the United States Mint.
 
For the rest of this story, please see 1942 patterns

December 10, 2012: Liberty Dollars ban goes into effect at eBay
 
At the request of the U.S. Secret Service, eBay has begun purging the online auction site of listings offering for sale Liberty Dollar medallions in gold, silver, platinum and copper.
 
Officials at eBay indicate the systematic removal beginning Nov. 29 of the listings is intended to conform with its policy implemented Feb. 20 banning the listing of counterfeits and replicas on eBay.com.
 
For more information, please see Liberty Dollars ban

December 6, 2012: RCM selling century-old gold $5, $10 coins
 
The newest fast-selling product from the Royal Canadian Mint is 100 years old.
 
The RCM, in a joint announcement Nov. 28 with the Bank of Canada, announced that it would immediately begin offering 1912, 1913 and 1914 Canadian $5 and $10 coins that the Bank of Canada vaults have held since the bank opened in 1935. Before that the coins were held by the nation’s Ministry of Finance, which retains ownership of the coins today.
 
For more information, please see Century-old gold

December 3, 2012: 'Demise' of 1c, 5c premature
 
A Nov. 11 online article meant as satire indicating that U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner ordered the removal of Lincoln cents and Jefferson 5-cent coins from circulation beginning in January 2013 was picked up by an unknown number of online blogs and reposted as fact.
 
Henry Wallen, a staff writer for SkewNews.com, which published his original satirical article, posted a retraction at 7:45 p.m. Eastern Time Nov. 29 on the Sutori.com website. “Most of our regular readers understood that it was fiction, but some people did not,” Wallen posted on Sutori.com. “The story went viral and has been viewed by several hundred thousand people.
 
For more on this story, please see Demise of 1c, 5c

December 3, 2012: Nominations for the American Numismatic Association's 2013 ANA Board of Governors
 
Nominations for the American Numismatic Association's 2013 ANA Board of Governors election will be accepted from December 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013.
 
Because of incumbents' expiring terms, all nine offices will be open. Those elected to fill these vacancies will be installed at the ANA's 122nd Anniversary Convention in Chicago, and will compose the Board of Governors for the following two years.
 
For more details, please see Election Center

December 3, 2012: Nominations for the American Numismatic Association's 2013 ANA Board of Governors
 
Nominations for the American Numismatic Association's 2013 ANA Board of Governors election will be accepted from December 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013.
 
Because of incumbents' expiring terms, all nine offices will be open. Those elected to fill these vacancies will be installed at the ANA's 122nd Anniversary Convention in Chicago, and will compose the Board of Governors for the following two years.
 
For more details, please see Election Center

November 29, 2012: Mint reveals design for Native American coin
 
United States Mint officials revealed Nov. 20 the approved design for the 2013 Native American dollar.
 
The adopted design features a turkey, howling wolf and turtle — all symbols of the clans of the Delaware Tribe — and a ring of 13 stars to represent the original Colonies. It was sketched by U.S. Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
 
For more the rest of this story, please see Native American coin

November 12, 2012: Occluded gas bubbles can be mistaken for die defects
 
Readers of this column are well aware that a raised blemish on a coin can have any number of explanations.
 
The 1949 Lincoln cent shown here has two elevations in the field, one above and one below LIBERTY. If solid, they could represent some kind of die defect. Some support for this conjecture can be found in the failure of either mound to flex when pressed with the tip of a toothpick.
 
For more information and pictures, please see Occluded gas bubbles

November 8, 2012: Sandy disrupts coinage production, businesses
 
Superstorm Sandy’s deadly trip up the East Coast Oct. 29 forced a two-day shutdown of the Philadelphia Mint and affected collectors and dealers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
 
In many instances, the disruptions took the form of staffing problems. Staff members were unable to reach their places of employment and were simultaneously dealing with storm effects at their residences.
 
For more about this storm, please see Sandy disrupts coinage production

November 5, 2012: Erie Canal Completion medal brings $156,000
 
The 18-karat gold 1826 Erie Canal Completion so-called dollar medal presented to President John Quincy Adams by the Common Council of the City of New York sold at public auction Oct. 28 by Skinner Inc. for $156,000.
 
The 1826 so-called dollar medal celebrates the completion of the Erie Canal, which took more than eight years and $7 million to construct. The canal connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.
 
For more information, please see Erie Canal Completion medal

November 1, 2012: Stack's Bowers sets Baltimore Expo auction
 
An 1852-O Coronet gold $20 double eagle counterstamped by gold pen manufacturer Dawson, Warren & Hyde is one of the many U.S. coin highlights in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Nov. 14 to 16 auction in Baltimore.
 
The auction is being held in conjunction with the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center.
 
For more about this auction, please see Baltimore Expo auction

October 29, 2012: Gold coin hoard find in UK among largest
 
What is regarded as one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards ever found in the United Kingdom was discovered in early October.
 
The hoard of 159 late Roman gold solidus coins, found by an anonymous metal detectorist on private land in the north of the district of St. Albans in Hertfordshire, was announced Oct. 16 by local officials. While larger hoards have been discovered in the United Kingdom, those have been composed predominantly of bronze or silver coins, or sometimes both, with few if any gold coins included.
 
For more on this story, please see Gold coin hoard

October 25, 2012: FBI investigates theft of notes
 
Law enforcement officers are investigating the theft of $20,000 worth of new colorized Series 2009 $100 Federal Reserve notes.
 
The redesigned notes were shipped aboard a commercial airliner from Dallas to Philadelphia on Oct. 11. The airliner landed at the Philadelphia International Airport at approximately 10:25 a.m., according to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Philadelphia.
 
For more about this story, please see FBI investigates theft of notes

October 13, 2012: 2009 Ultra High Relief double eagle realizes apparent record
 
A 2009 Saint-Gaudens, Ultra High Relief gold $20 double eagle auctioned Sept. 30 brought a price believed to be the highest paid for an example of the issue.
 
An unidentified East Coast collector paid $20,903.30 to acquire the coin in an online sale conducted by GreatCollections. The price included a 10 percent buyer’s fee. The coin is graded Mint State 70 Prooflike, by Professional Coin Grading Service, and encapsulated by the third-party grading service with a First Strike designation on the grading insert.
 
For more on this story, please see 2009 Ultra High Relief

October 4, 2012: BEP confirms 1998 DuraNote polymer testing
 
Bureau of Engraving and Printing officials confirmed Sept. 7 that in 1998 as many as 40,000 sheets of Federal Reserve notes were printed on a polymer substrate known as DuraNote.
 
All of those sheets were evaluated by BEP officials and destroyed, a BEP spokeswoman said Sept. 7. Coin World articles covering the BEP’s experimentation with a polymer substrate date back to 1997, but BEP officials had never provided specific details about the type of polymer substrate or the number and denomination of any FRNs printed on the substrate.
 
For more about these polymer notes, please see BEP confirms polymer testing

September 27, 2012: 1934 Peace dollar exhibits some unusual characteristics
 
Unusual characteristics of a 1934 Peace dollar have some numismatic experts who have examined it divided as to whether it is genuine or a cleverly manufactured counterfeit.
 
Various abnormalities led members of the ANACS grading staff who examined the submitted coin to conclude they were looking at a highly deceptive counterfeit struck from transfer dies. These include reed mark depressions in the left obverse field and on Liberty’s eyebrow, repeating depressions on the obverse and reverse, and various patches of tooling marks, including some inside the o of god, and an unusual surface sheen when rotated under light.
 
For more information, please see 1934 Peace dollar

September 24, 2012: Big tax whack coming?
 
It is no surprise that the reference to what could be a call to return to a gold standard made in the Republication Party’s national platform got most of the headlines.
 
However, there is another item in the platform that should be of even greater interest to active coin collectors. As part of a reform of the federal tax structure, the party has endorsed a value added tax, which essentially is a national sales tax, especially when it comes to its application to numismatic sales.
 
For more on this story, please see Big tax whack coming?

September 20, 2012: ANACS warns of possible fake 1934 dollar
 
Graders at ANACS have identified what could be a deceptive struck counterfeit 1934 Peace dollar produced on blanks of 90 percent silver like those used for genuine coins.
 
Senior ANACS Numismatist Michael Fahey said Sept. 11 that the fake has the weight (26.73 grams), diameter (38.1 millimeters) and thickness of a genuine Peace dollar, and also has the specific gravity of 10.3 that would suggest the piece is composed of the 90 percent silver alloy used for a genuine silver dollar. The counterfeit also as the same edge reed count as a genuine Peace dollar.
 
For more information about the fake 1934 dollar, please see Fake 1934 dollar

September 17, 2012: Money Museum Debuts Kids Zone to Teach Kids About Money
 
The American Numismatic Association debuts the "Kids Zone," an interactive exhibit designed to teach children about money, with a free opening reception from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs.
 
The Kids Zone teaches kids about money the way they learn best: by doing and playing. Through fun activities, children can pick up basic and advanced concepts - from how to make change to understanding monetary systems. The exhibits teach children about history, geography, trade, art, world cultures and more.
 
For more information about the Kids Zone, please see The Kids Zone

September 13, 2012: Judge confirms jury decision on 1933 case
 
Judge Legrome D. Davis has confirmed a jury’s 2011 decision that the Langbord family’s 10 1933 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagles are the property of the government.
 
On Aug. 29 in Philadelphia’s U.S. District Court, Judge Davis ruled in favor of the government, stating that the 10 1933 double eagles were not lawfully removed from the U.S. Mint and that as a matter of law they remain the property of the government regardless of how the coins came into the Langbord family’s possession.
 
For more on this ruling, please see Judge confirms jury decision on 1933 case

September 12, 2012: NCIC course for law enforcement
 
The Numismatic Crime Information Center will offer a one-day training course Oct. 18 for law-enforcement personnel who investigate numismatic crimes.
 
The goal of the one-day class is to help law-enforcement personnel, including patrol officers, detectives, investigators and prosecutors, better understand the world of numismatics and the unique challenges criminals pose to the industry. The course, held at the Dallas Convention Center, Rooms 171/173, is free for law-enforcement personnel. Topics to be covered in the one-day seminar include: types of coins, medals, tokens and paper money; factors effecting numismatic crime, especially as it relates to counterfeiting; precious metals, including new laws governing the purchase of such metals; jurisdictional issues; and a look at the victims of numismatic crimes.
 
For more about this course, please see NCIC course for law enforcement

September 10, 2012: Sparking interest
 
Almost two years ago, when I was president of the Ames Coin Club in Iowa, a student at my university emailed me about joining our local organization. She was an avid coin collector and liked working with young hobbyists.
 
I encouraged her to join because several children attend our club meetings once a month at our senior services center. We bring young and old collectors together with the magic and allure of coins. We also emphasize the importance of youth numismatics by beginning our club meetings 15 minutes early to focus on children, featuring several fun games.
 
For more about sparking interest in young collectors, please see Sparking interest

September 3, 2012: Philadelphia Mint tours get new appearance
 
Collectors planning a visit to the Philadelphia Mint will be treated to a newly renovated, and still free, self-guided tour that traces the U.S. Mint’s 220-year coinage history from 1792 to the present.
 
The tour area and visitors’ center was reopened to the public July 3 after a more than six-month, $3.9 million renovation executed by Quatrefoil of Laurel, Md. The tour includes exhibits showcasing an assemblage of the facility’s “heritage assets” of historical artifacts, tracing design, engraving and production techniques.
 
For more about the mint, please see Philadelphia Mint tours

August 28, 2012: Cleaning meaning
 
A recent letter from Indiana reader John W. commented on an article I wrote in the July 9 issue of Coin World:
 
“Not only is there a need for a book on ‘conservation’ but there is a crying need, in my opinion, for a complete written discussion and pictorial elaboration on ‘improperly cleaned,’ ‘surface altered,’ etc. as designated by the grading services. Such a project should include every single known technique of cleaning, toning, etc.; all the methods of ‘coin doctoring’ complete with detailed pictures and descriptions of how to identify and accomplish the ‘doctoring’ or whatever one chooses to call it. Sometimes I tend to believe the best identifiers are those who are/were practitioners of the given ‘art.’
 
For more about this subject, please see Cleaning meaning

August 27, 2012: Cleveland dollars missing edge inscriptions
 
At least four 2012-P Grover Cleveland, First Term Presidential dollars missing the edge inscriptions have surfaced, in three different states.
 
According to Encino, Calif., error coin dealer Fred Weinberg, who owns two of the four dollars, the Grover Cleveland coins are the first Presidential dollars lacking edge inscriptions to appear since the same error was detected on the James Buchanan dollar, which was released into circulation Aug. 19, 2010.
 
For additional details, please see Cleveland dollars missing edge inscriptions

August 23, 2012: ANA Seeking Money Talks Proposals for Dallas National Money Show
 
American Numismatic Association members are encouraged to share their ideas and research with fellow hobbyists by delivering a Money Talks presentation at the ANA’s 2012 Dallas National Money Show, Oct. 18-20 at the Dallas Convention Center.
 
Money Talks consist of 30-45 minute presentations on a wide range of topics, and are a chance for collectors to share their expertise with the numismatic community. Presentations from previous shows include “The Comstock Lode and the Carson City Mint,” “The S.S. Central America Treasure” and the “Texas Notes and Paper Money: The Paper Republic."
 
For additional details, please see ANA Seeking Money Talks Proposals



August 21, 2012: ANA advises members to check credit, debit statements
 
The American Numismatic Association has received reports that several members had credit or debit card numbers stolen during their stay in Philadelphia for the World's Fair of MoneySM. In light of this, the ANA advises members to check their credit and debit cards for unusual charges.
 
The stolen credit card numbers did not come from a compromise of ANA databases, its websites or from credit card charges made during the World's Fair of Money.
 
For more details, please see
ANA advises members to check credit, debit statements



August 15, 2012: Board of Governors supports updates to Amend Hobby Protection Act. Members encouraged to call their congressional representatives
 
The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors voted unanimously to issue a resolution of support for a bill that will extend and strengthen provisions of the Hobby Protection Act, during an Aug. 10 meeting during the World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia.
 
The House of Representatives bill, HR-5977, will enable citizens to take legal action against and recover damages from those who sell counterfeit coins. It expands targets of litigation to include "any person" who provides substantial assistance or support to any manufacturer, importer, or seller "knowingly engaging in any act or practice that violates the Act." It also adds trademark violation provisions to criminalize the counterfeiting of certification service packaging and capsules.
 
For the rest of this story, please see Hobby Protection Act

August 15, 2012: ANA Announces 2012 World’s Fair of Money Exhibit Awards
 
The American Numismatic Association presented 53 competitive exhibit awards at the 2012 World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia. Winners were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception on Aug. 10, and at the awards banquet that evening.
 
Forty exhibitors of all ages and experience levels, showing 51 exhibits, competed in this year's program. There were also five non-competitive exhibitors showing 11 additional exhibits.
 
For details, please see 2012 World’s Fair of Money Exhibit Awards

August 14, 2012: 1873-CC No Arrows dime tops $1 million
 
The 1873-CC Seated Liberty, No Arrows dime broached the $1 million level for the first time when it was sold during Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ auction of the Battle Born Collection Aug. 9.
 
The unique dime realized $1.84 million with the 15 percent buyer’s fee during the official auction of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia.
 
For more on this story, please see 1873-CC No Arrows dime tops $1 million

August 13, 2012: A million dollar pocket piece
 
Coin collectors never seem to get bored with the work of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Heritage Auctions’ Aug. 2 to 5 sale held prior to Philadelphia’s big American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money realized a robust $27,535,036. Leading the way was a 1907 Saint-Gaudens, Roman Numerals, Sans Serif Edge, Ultra High Relief gold $20 double eagle, graded Proof 58, that sold for $1,057,500.
 
The lot description indicates that it is one of the first three Ultra High Relief patterns struck and was “Undoubtedly carried as a pocket piece by some early recipient.” Another Ultra High Relief coin graded Proof 69 sold at a June 29 sale for $2.76 million.
 
For more on this story, please see A million dollar pocket piece

August 8, 2012: Patrick Heller Named 2012 Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year
 
Patrick Heller is the 2012 recipient of the American Numismatic Association Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, which was presented Aug. 7 at the World's Fair of Money Kick-Off event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
 
The award is presented annually to an ANA-member dealer who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the Association. The award is named in honor of the late Harry J. Forman, a Philadelphia coin dealer, author and ANA life member.
 
For more on this story, please see Patrick Heller Named 2012 Dealer of the Year

August 6, 2012: American Eagles lose some of their luster
 
American Eagle and American Buffalo gold and American Eagle silver bullion coins lost some of their luster with investors in July, as sales by the U.S. Mint to its authorized purchasers dropped significantly from the previous month.
 
Combined sales of American Eagle 1-ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce and tenth-ounce gold coins in July reached 30,500 ounces, slightly more than half the number of ounces sold in June. July’s sales did not include any half-once gold American Eagles.
 
For more on this, please see American Eagles lose some of their luster

August 4, 2012: Before Olympics start, Royal Mint ready to 'hand over' to Rio
 
As soon as the 2012 London Olympic Games close, the Royal Mint in Britain will begin delivering what it promises are the “final coins of London 2012.”
 
The Handover to Rio £2 coins will close out what has been a record commemorative coin program that, in the most liberal tally, measures 150 different coins available to collectors. That number will hold only if the Royal Mint issues no more coins before or during the Games.
 
For more, please see Royal Mint ready to 'hand over' to Rio

August 2, 2012: Sacagawea dollar with edge inscription realizes $17,161
 
The only reported example of 2007-D Sacagawea dollar with Presidential dollar edge lettering, graded MS-62 by PCGS, sold for $17,161.10 in a July 15 auction by GreatCollections.
 
The price realized for the error coin, graded Mint State 62 by Professional Coin Grading Service, included a 10 percent buyer’s fee added to the $15,601 final hammer price. The coin attracted 59 bids from nine different bidders.
 
For additional details, please see Sacagawea dollar with edge inscription realizes $17,161

August 1, 2012: David E. Schenkman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
 
Author and Summer Seminar instructor David E. Schenkman will receive the American Numismatic Association's Lifetime Achievement Award on Aug. 10 during the World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia. For details please see David E. Schenkman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
 
Brian Fanton Receives Adna G. Wilde Jr. Memorial Award. For details please see Brian Fanton Receives Adna G. Wilde Jr. Memorial Award
 
Medals of Merit Awarded to Lightermans, Nebel. For details please see Medals of Merit Awarded to Lightermans, Nebel
 
Robert W. Julian Named 2012 ANA Numismatist of the Year. For details please see Robert W. Julian Named 2012 ANA Numismatist of the Year
 
Whitman Publishing Receives Exemplary Service Award. For details please see Whitman Publishing Receives Exemplary Service Award

July 30, 2012: Rare 1992-D Close AM cent realizes $20,700
 
A 1992-D Lincoln, Close AM cent, graded Mint State 64 red and brown by Professional Coin Grading Service, sold for $20,700 during Heritage Auctions’ sale at the Florida United Numismatists summer convention.
 
The coin was struck from a reverse die that had been prepared for use on circulation strikes of 1993 but was used prematurely in striking a few pieces in 1992. Specialists call the design Reverse 7 or Reverse G, and consider a 1992 cent struck with the 1993 reverse to be a transitional design.
 
For additional details, please see 1992-D Close AM cent realizes $20,700

July 23, 2012: Philadelphia: A connection with history
 
As the summer heat becomes nearly unbearable in most parts of the country, imagine what summer was like in Philadelphia at the end of the 18th century.
 
The summer of 1793 in Philadelphia was much like the current summer in Ohio where Coin World is published: dry and hot. In 1793, residents complained about tropical mosquitoes, which would become more than a mere inconvenience as they would spread yellow fever that would terrorize Philadelphia over the next several years.
 
For more on this article, please see Philadelphia: A connection with history

July 23, 2012: Who wants to leave early?
 
Early show departure has become a hot topic in the pages of Numismatic News in the last several weeks. Dealers have claimed the right to depart when they want to go. Collectors have insisted dealers stay at their tables until the last minute of the last hour of the last day of the show has elapsed.
 
As someone who attends shows regularly, I see how this plays out in reality. Shows near the end are virtually empty. Dealers are sitting there and looking at the four walls, that is they are unless somebody just happens to amble along.
 
For more on this topic, please see Who wants to leave early?

July 19, 2012: Mint places Order Management System upgrades on hold
 
Development of a fully integrated Order Management System for the U.S. Mint, including a revamped website, has been placed on hold while officials assess whether the efforts are in the right direction.
 
U.S. Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson informed employees at all Mint facilities July 12 that the Mint’s contract with the primary information technology contractor, British-based Venda, to develop a state-of-the-art system to replace the current decade-old system, had been suspended indefinitely the week before.
 
For more on this story, please see Order Management System upgrades on hold



July 17, 2012: Money.org re-launch delayed
 
Because of a technical problem, the planned re-launch of the American Numismatic Association's primary website, www.Money.org, will not be happening as scheduled on Monday night, July 16. [The website was successfully re-launched on July 24.]
 
The problem was discovered very late in the day on Monday. After a discussion with the association's technology partner firms, the decision was made to reschedule the re-launch of www.Money.org after the technical problem can be addressed. The ANA will announce the next attempt to re-launch www.Money.org through email, social media channels and on the website.
 
For more information, please see Money.org re-launch delayed.



July 16, 2012: MacNeil models to appear in ANA auction
 
Four different models crafted by Hermon A. MacNeil during his creation of the [1916] Standing Liberty quarter dollar design are slated to be auctioned by Stack’s Bowers Galleries during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, held Aug. 7 to 12. Two of the models are composed of plaster; the other two models are made of bronze.
 
The two plaster pieces — a bas-relief model depicting MacNeil’s Standing Liberty, Bare Breast, or Type I, obverse design, and a bas-relief model of MacNeil’s Flying Eagle, Stars Below Eagle, or Type II, reverse design — have been consigned to auction by descendents of MacNeil’s second wife, Cecelia W. (Muench) MacNeil and are making their first-ever auction appearance.
 
For more information, please see MacNeil models in ANA auction.



July 15, 2012: VAM-6A 1888-S Morgan $1
 
Jeff Oxman’s book, SSDC Official Guide to the Hot 50 Morgan Dollar Varieties, has helped specialized collectors focus on a select group within the series for more than a decade. With added attention and experience, some of the listed components have been redefined. Seeing how some of the more noteworthy varieties fit into the larger picture of a mint’s annual production often further adds to their appeal.
 
In 1998, one of the true pioneers of Morgan dollar variety research, Terry Armstrong, first reported an 1888-S Morgan dollar with a strongly pitted reverse. It was originally designated as VAM-1B in the first annual installment of New VAM Varieties of Morgan & Peace Dollars by Leroy Van Allen. The stage was reclassified as VAM-6A in 2009 when its repunched Mint mark was noted.
 
For additional details, please see VAM-6A 1888-S Morgan $1.



July 13, 2012: Money.org to be re-launched on Monday night
 
The American Numismatic Association's primary website, www.Money.org, will be re-launched Monday night, July 16, at approximately 10 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Website users may experience some problems or find that the site is not operating normally for about 60 minutes while the transition from the old site to the new site is completed.
 
For the past several weeks, users of www.Money.org have experienced a number of problems when trying to access content in the Members-Only area. The work that will be completed Monday night is designed to fix those issues and make for a better overall user experience for ANA members.
 
For more information, please see Money.org to be re-launched.



July 11, 2012: Arthur and Prue Fitts to be honored with Farran Zerbe award
 
Arthur and Prudence “Prue” Fitts, of Wolfeboro, N.H., are the 2012 recipients of the American Numismatic Association’s Farran Zerbe Memorial Award. The Association’s most prestigious award is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics.
 
The Fittses will be presented with the award at the World’s Fair of Money during the ANA banquet from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the downtown Philadelphia Marriott.
 
For more about the Fittses, please see Arthur and Prue Fitts to be honored.



July 10, 2012: First director of U.S. Mint featured on medal for American Numismatic Association’s 121st Anniversary Convention
 
First director of the United States Mint David Rittenhouse is honored on the official medal for the American Numismatic Association's 121st Anniversary Convention, Aug. 7-11, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia.
 
Designed by Jamie Franki, an art professor and former master designer in the U.S. Mint's Artistic Infusion Program, the piece celebrates Rittenhouse's contributions to science and American coinage history. Largely self-educated, Rittenhouse is known for his skills in astronomy and surveying and for constructing a variety of instruments to help him in his work.
 
For more on this story, please see First director of U.S. Mint featured on medal.



July 9, 2012: Huge Bourse, Spectacular Exhibits and Educational Programs Highlight ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia
 
A massive bourse and best numismatic inventory in American Numismatic Association history awaits attendees of the World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 in Philadelphia. The country’s premier coin show and convention, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in historic downtown Philadelphia, will also feature spectacular educational programs and events as well as the most stunning collection of early American rarities ever assembled for the ANA’s signature Museum Showcase.
 
“We have an absolutely amazing show planned for this year’s World’s Fair of Money,” said Jeff Shevlin, the ANA’s executive director. “Whether it’s the stunning specimens in the Museum Showcase, the top-notch educational programs or the largest bourse of the year, there should be something for every hobbyist and every dealer to enjoy in Philadelphia.”
 
For more information about this show, please see Huge Bourse, Spectacular Exhibits and Educational Programs.



July 5, 2012: Hoard yields thousands of Iron Age coins
 
Persistence paid off for a pair of metal detectorists who discovered a hoard containing an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 Celtic coins on Jersey, the largest of the archipelago of islands in the English Channel off the French coast of Normandy.
 
Finding the hoard, worth an informal estimate of up to £10 million (about $15.5 million U.S.), was more than 30 years in the offing, based on anecdotal evidence shared with them by a woman whose father found other coins in the area when he uprooted a hedge. She could not remember the exact spot of the find, just its general location, and Mead and Miles had only a limited opportunity every year to trace the field for signs of a hoard.
 
For the rest of this story, please see Hoard yields thousands of Iron Age coins.



July 4, 2012: 'Discovery' coin out of hiding after 30 years
 
Some 30 years or so ago, a collector walked into a Maryland coin shop with a 1973-S Eisenhower dollar, an album and a problem: he couldn’t find a hole for the coin in the album.
 
Dealer Peter Boyer of Coins of the Realm, Rockville, Md., took the customer’s coin and album, and attempted to find a spot for the coin. He failed, and after ruling out a problem with the album and checking further, told the customer that the coin shouldn’t exist.
 
For more on this story, please see 'Discovery' coin.



July 3, 2012: Bill seeks to bolster Hobby Protection Act
 
Legislation is now pending in Congress that would expand the Hobby Protection Act to cover sales of replica numismatic items that violate the act, and also afford greater trademark protection to grading services’ slabs.
 
The amendment seeks to strengthen the act was introduced in response to the growing concern about the proliferation of counterfeit U.S. coins produced in China, or anywhere else, and sold in the United States.
 
For more, please see Bill seeks to bolster Hobby Protection Act.



June 28, 2012: ANA, ANS partner for early U.S. Mint exhibit at World’s Fair of Money
 
The American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the American Numismatic Society in New York City, are joining together to present a stunning exhibit of the U.S. Mint’s first issues as part of the Museum Showcase during the World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
 
The ANS is loaning a complete collection of the first issues of each coinage denomination minted by the Philadelphia Mint from 1792-1796. This one-time exhibit highlights Philadelphia’s storied numismatic history.
 
For more, please see ANA, ANS partner for early U.S. Mint exhibit.



June 25, 2012: Sharpen Skills with ANA Grading, Photography Courses in Philadelphia
 
The American Numismatic Association will offer a pair of informative two-day courses for collectors prior to the World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Held Aug. 5-6, both courses teach collectors skills that will be useful for a lifetime: grading, conservation and digital photography.
 
For more information, please see ANA Grading, Photography Courses in Philadelphia.



June 25, 2012: CFA reviews five-star generals coin designs
 
The U.S. Mint has decided that Gen. Douglas MacArthur gets the gold coin in a set of three coins to be issued next year.
 
When Congress approved coins for the nation’s five-star generals it didn’t specify how the five men being honored in the program should be placed on the three coins.
 
For find out more, please see Five-star generals coin designs.



June 20, 2012: ANA Museum Showcase in Philadelphia Features Stellar Rarities
 
The American Numismatic Association’s signature Museum Showcase will feature spectacular examples of some of America’s first coins and paper money, along with many other rare and historically significant numismatic treasures, at the 2012 World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
 
The showcase includes rarities from the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, Banco de México and numerous private collections.
 
For more, please see ANA Museum Showcase in Philadelphia Features Stellar Rarities.



June 18, 2012: Rare opportunities, the 1873-CC Seated Liberty, Without Arrows dime
 
Some coins are so rare that the opportunity to buy one may never pop up in a collector’s lifetime.
 
Our cover feature tells the story of the only known example of the 1873-CC Seated Liberty, Without Arrows dime and the many colorful individuals who have bought, owned and sold the coin during its well-documented yet still mysterious history.
 
For more, please see the 1873-CC Seated Liberty, Without Arrows dime.



June 18, 2012: Fourth 1853-O Without Arrows and Rays 50-cent surfaces
 
An 1853-O Seated Liberty, Without Arrows and Rays half dollar, only the fourth known example, is headed to auction in August after a dealer briefly dismissed it as only of melt value.
 
While the discovery of a previously unknown example of an 1853-O Seated Liberty, Without Arrows and Rays half dollar is a remarkable story, the ending could have been tragic. The dealer who first saw the coin could have mistakenly purchased the coin for its silver content, about $15, but the husband of the coin’s owner was persistent in believing that the coin might be rare.
 
For whole story, please see 1853-O Without Arrows and Rays 50-cent surfaces.



June 12, 2012: Philadelphia Mint tours to reopen July 3
 
Six months after the public tour areas of the Philadelphia Mint were closed for renovations, the self-guided tours are on schedule to resume at 1 p.m. July 3.
 
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Public Affairs, said June 5 that the $3.9 million facelift by Quatrefoil in Laurel, Md., for renovations and installation of interactive exhibits and videos is on schedule for completion and is within budget.
 
For additional details, please see Philadelphia Mint tours to reopen July 3.



June 11, 2012: 'Goodbye' to error dollars?
 
For collectors, the news that the U.S. Mint has tested new minting procedures intended to eliminate potential errors, including “mules” (a wrong pairing of dies in a coinage press) and edge lettering errors, is both welcome and disheartening.
 
It is welcome, as it shows the Mint is taking tangible steps to improve its product.
 
It is disheartening because, if successful, likely fewer error dollars will enter the marketplace.
 
For more, please see Goodbye to error dollars?.



June 6, 2012: Money Talks new name for Numismatic Theatre presentations
 
The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Theatre presentations at its conventions will now be called Money Talks. The new name will debut at the American Numismatic Association’s 2012 World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
 
Money Talks will serve as the umbrella term for all talks hosted by the ANA: From live presentations at the World’s Fair of MoneySM, National Money ShowSM, and Summer Seminar; to audio tours in the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and the traveling Museum Showcase; and soon, to podcasts available on the ANA’s website, www.money.org.
 
For more information, please see Money Talks.



June 4, 2012: Robots package coin sets at San Francisco
 
Robotic systems form a strong component of coinage production at the San Francisco Mint, including the automatic packaging operations used in assembling sets of coins.
 
Multiple primary packaging lines can be dedicated to specific numismatic products. During Coin World’s May 14 visit, the four-coin 2012-S Presidential $1 Proof set, containing coins depicting Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland (two coins, one for each nonconsecutive term) and Benjamin Harrison, was being packaged.
 
For more information, see Robots package coin sets.



May 28, 2012: Population for rare die variety grows by one
 
A fourth, previously undisclosed example of the 1842 Seated Liberty, Small Date, Small Letters half dollar has been acquired by Hershey, Pa., dealer Rich Uhrich.
 
The variety pairs a Small Letters reverse of the style used at the Philadelphia Mint from 1839 to 1841 with an 1842 obverse of the Small Date style. The 1842 obverse should have been paired with a Large Letters reverse, a new style introduced at the beginning of 1842 as a replacement for the Small Letters design.
 
For more information, please see Population for rare die variety grows by one.



May 25, 2012: Jeff Shevlin Named New ANA Executive Director
 
Jeff Shevlin has been appointed executive director of the American Numismatic Association, the Board of Governors announced today. Shevlin brings a wealth of valuable management and leadership experience with him when he joins the ANA on June 18.
 
“I am exceedingly energized about the opportunity to manage the day-to-day operations of the ANA staff and to work with the Board of Governors to fulfill our shared vision of what the ANA can be,” Shevlin said. “I plan to start working in Colorado Springs the week before the Summer Seminar so I have a chance to meet with the ANA staff and get ready to greet the ANA members who will be attending.”
 
For more information, please see Jeff Shevlin Named New ANA Executive Director.



May 24, 2012: Two More Grading Firms Make eBay Requirements
 
Two more third-party grading services have now met the new listing requirements imposed by eBay for coins offered on the Internet auction and sales site.
 
The Independent Coin Grading Service and ANACS join the Professional Coin Grading Service and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as qualified to have their coins listed on the eBay website with numerical grades in their titles and descriptions.
 
For more information, please see Two More Grading Firms Make eBay Requirements.



May 22, 2012: Hobo nickels sell for $170,000
 
A collection of 218 hobo nickels was purchased May 11 in Denver for $170,000 by Tiburon, Calif., collector Candace DeMarco Kagin.
 
Nearly a third of the total were carved by premier hobo artists Bertram “Bert” Weigand and his protege, George Washington “Bo” Hughes, who practiced the art form from about 1913 to the mid-20th century.
 
For more the whole story, please see Hobo nickels sell for $170,000.



May 16, 2012: RCM official touts MintChip as the future of digital money
 
“Money as we know it today is fine, but tomorrow is another story,” said J. Marc Brûlé, vice president of finance and administration and CFO of the Royal Canadian Mint, as he explained the RCM’s new digital currency, called MintChip.
 
During the lead presentation May 7 of the 27th Mint Directors Conference in Vienna, Austria, Brûlé outlined the growth of the project. MintChip is “mobile commerce meets social commerce,” he said.
 
For more on this story, please see MintChip as the future of digital money.



May 15, 2012: Canada strikes its last cent for circulation
 
Canada’s last cent struck for circulation will be placed on public exhibit in the nation’s capital. In a May 4 ceremony held at the Royal Canadian Mint’s high-speed manufact