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Offbeat Numismatics: The Leper Colony Coins of Colombia

Offbeat Numismatics: The Leper Colony Coins of Colombia

by Crystal Gomez, content writer at Gainesville Coins   Between 1900 and 1930, Colombia made special coins for leprosy colonies. In this epoch, leprosy cases had reached an all time high. While statistics may have been exaggerated about the actual number of people with leprosy, the country was still left with the problem of keeping […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Paris Mint Transforms into a Chocolate Factory

Paris Mint Transforms into a Chocolate Factory

CoinWeek staff reports… Controversial American artist Paul McCarthy, who was in the news recently after his giant green inflatable “Christmas Tree” sculpture–installed in the heart of historic Paris–came under fire for being indecent, has opened a remarkable exposition at the newly renovated Monnaie de Paris (the Paris Mint). McCarthy’s installation, entitled Chocolate Factory, is the […]

By November 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Downies Conducts Final Australian Coin Auction in the Block Arcade

Downies Conducts Final Australian Coin Auction in the Block Arcade

Final hammer set to fall on Block Arcade auction venue… Almost 500 bidders are expected to attend the final Downies Australian Coin auction in the Block Arcade ahead of relocation to a more user-friendly venue in April 2015. The curtain will fall on a Melbourne institution when the final hammer comes down on Wednesday October […]

By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Money & Politics: Four Million 5 Rappen Coins Purchased for Exhibition about Money

Money & Politics: Four Million 5 Rappen Coins Purchased for Exhibition about Money

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… Money & Politics In what could best be described as a costly political stunt, activists from Generation Basic Income, a group lobbying in favor of universal basic income in Switzerland, dumped eight million five-rappen (five-cent) coins in historic Parliament Square in Bern last December. The goal of their campaign was […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Grades The Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part I

NGC Grades The Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part I

On November 10, 2014, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced that the service has graded Part I of the phenomenal collection of Donald G. Partrick. A serious student of Early American coinage, Partrick carefully assembled a cabinet that boasts a number of iconic Colonial and Early United States issues, including many unique and finest known specimens. Heritage […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Royal Mint releases the Winston Churchill Memorial Two Coin Set

The Royal Mint releases the Winston Churchill Memorial Two Coin Set

The Royal Mint has issued a two-coin set to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, one of history’s great figures. The Royal Mint’s newly released Winston Churchill 2015 Brilliant Uncirculated £5 coin is paired with an original Winston Churchill 1965 Memorial Crown in this special set that is sure to delight […]

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 2

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 2

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… In this, the second installment of CoinWeek’s coverage of the Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show, I talk to a collector from Pennsylvania about his pursuit of a rare obsolete bank note and take a quick look at the 10 coins that brought the most money on Rarities Night. I […]

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 1

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 1

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… The first day of the Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo, which runs from October 30 to November 2, kicked off quietly at 9:00 AM, with auction lot viewings by numismatic literature sellers Kolbe & Fanning and rare coin auction house Stack’s Bowers. A steadily increasing number of Early Birds soon began […]

The Royal Canadian Mint: A Decade of Remarkable Innovation

The Royal Canadian Mint: A Decade of Remarkable Innovation

Breaking new ground by launching the world’s first colored circulation coin on October 21, 2004, the Royal Canadian Mint has continuously raised the bar on innovation within the minting industry by introducing new technologies and coinage solutions. “The Royal Canadian Mint is a great example of made-in-Canada innovation,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of […]

NGC-Certified Million Dollar Chinese Coins to be Displayed During the Macau Numismatic Society Show

NGC-Certified Million Dollar Chinese Coins to be Displayed During the Macau Numismatic Society Show

A Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) – certified China 1898 Hunan Pattern Silver Dollar, which recently sold for over US $1 million, will be on display in Macau on November 29 in a special event sponsored by Champion Auctions in conjunction with the Macau Numismatic Society show. The finest of only six known examples, this important […]

Central Virginia Coin Club President Jim Ransom (1943-2014)

Central Virginia Coin Club President Jim Ransom (1943-2014)

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… James Jerome “Jim” Ransom, Sr., President of the Central Virginia Coin Club, died October 6 after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 71 years old. Jim, as he was known, was one of the club’s founding members, and had served as the organization’s president since it was established in […]

U.S. Mint News: Patricia Nixon Gold First Spouse Coin Designs

U.S. Mint News: Patricia Nixon Gold First Spouse Coin Designs

Michael White from the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications forwarded CoinWeek the following design candidates for the Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Bullion Coin. The First Spouse Gold Bullion Coin Program debuted in 2007, coinciding with the release of the Presidential Golden Dollar Coin Program. The obverse of the 24-karat First Spouse Gold Coins […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
U.S. Mint News: Betty Ford Gold First Spouse Coin Designs

U.S. Mint News: Betty Ford Gold First Spouse Coin Designs

Michael White from the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications forwarded CoinWeek the following design candidates for the Betty Ford First Spouse Gold Bullion Coin. The First Spouse Gold Bullion Coin Program debuted in 2007, coinciding with the release of the Presidential Golden Dollar Coin Program. The obverse of the 24-karat First Spouse Gold […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
U.S. Mint News: Jacqueline Kennedy Gold First Spouse Coin Designs

U.S. Mint News: Jacqueline Kennedy Gold First Spouse Coin Designs

Michael White from the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications forwarded CoinWeek the following design candidates for the Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Bullion Coin. The First Spouse Gold Bullion Coin Program debuted in 2007, coinciding with the release of the Presidential Golden Dollar Coin Program. The obverse of the 24-karat First Spouse Gold Coins […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
U.S. Mint News: Mamie Eisenhower Gold First Spouse Coin Designs

U.S. Mint News: Mamie Eisenhower Gold First Spouse Coin Designs

Michael White from the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications forwarded CoinWeek the following design candidates for the Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Bullion Coin. The First Spouse Gold Bullion Coin Program debuted in 2007, coinciding with the release of the Presidential Golden Dollar Coin Program. The obverse of the 24-karat First Spouse Gold Coins […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The U.S. Mint to Release Great Sand Dunes 5 Ounce Silver Coin Today

The U.S. Mint to Release Great Sand Dunes 5 Ounce Silver Coin Today

CoinWeek Staff Reports…. At noon Eastern today, the United States Mint will accept orders for the 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Great Sand Dunes National Park. The five ounce .999 silver coin is being issued at $154.95. At the current spot price of $18.62 per ounce, the bullion coin has a […]

By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Q&A with Former Congressman Mike Castle

CoinWeek Q&A with Former Congressman Mike Castle

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. Congressman Mike Castle served as governor of the state of Delaware from 1985 to 1992 and served almost eighteen years (1993-2011) as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Delaware’s at-large district*. While in Congress, Castle was the head of the United States House Financial Services Subcommittee […]

By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Tokens from the “Baldwin Basement” emerge  at auction for the first time in over half-a-century

Tokens from the “Baldwin Basement” emerge at auction for the first time in over half-a-century

A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd, one of the largest and longest established Numismatic dealers and auction houses, have delved into their Basement at Adelphi Terrace to offer a treasured collection of 18th Century Tokens. Auction 92 will be the first in a series of annual sales offering collectors a unique opportunity to purchase tokens that have […]

By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Royal Mint releases Lunar Year of the Sheep 2015 UK One Ounce Bullion Coins on 12 September, 2014

The Royal Mint releases Lunar Year of the Sheep 2015 UK One Ounce Bullion Coins on 12 September, 2014

The Royal Mint recently revealed its coin designs for the Lunar Year of the Sheep, an event that had been eagerly anticipated since the release of the 2014 Year of the Horse coins last year – the first time that Lunar coins had been produced specifically for the United Kingdom. The press release is attached. […]

By September 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ed Moy Honored at Standish Foundation 4 Children Event in Washington DC

Ed Moy Honored at Standish Foundation 4 Children Event in Washington DC

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. On Tuesday, September 9, Ed Moy, former Mint Director and author of American Gold & Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs, was honored by the Standish Foundation 4 Children at a charitable gathering at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Standish Foundation 4 Children works […]

By September 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Odyssey Marine Releases Preliminary List of Numismatic Items Recovered from SS Central America

Odyssey Marine Releases Preliminary List of Numismatic Items Recovered from SS Central America

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) published its fourth operational report Report #14-04 (PDF), which details the firm’s ongoing salvage operations at the site where the SS Central America–the famed “Ship of Gold”–sank more than 150 years ago. The court-appointed Receiver for the firms Recovery Limited Partnership, LLC […]

CoinWeek Q&A with U.S. Gold Coin Expert Douglas Winter

CoinWeek Q&A with U.S. Gold Coin Expert Douglas Winter

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… Douglas Winter’s love for numismatics began at the young age of seven. He has actively traded in coins since the age of ten, and has since devoted much of his life immersed in the the study of coins. Winter is a U.S. gold coin expert, nationally-known coin dealer, Red Book […]

The Kennedy Gold Proof Launch and the Modern Coin Market

The Kennedy Gold Proof Launch and the Modern Coin Market

By Charles  Morgan, Scott Purvis, and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… In a hobby already prone to hyperbole, the recent release of the Kennedy Gold Proof inspired a mixture of vocal opinions and raised many questions. Some saw the hysteria and dealer-driven speculation as a blight on the hobby, calling the coin’s roll-out the straw that’ll break the […]

American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Wrap Up

American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Wrap Up

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. Obviously, the Kennedy gold half dollar release was the big story of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money and CoinWeek was on the ground as it happened. Expect to see that report by Monday. In the interim, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about numismatic topics beyond […]

World’s Fair of Money Photo Diary

World’s Fair of Money Photo Diary

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… One man, one week, one still camera and the largest numismatic convention of the year. This is what happens: An ANA World’s Fair of Money Photo Diary. Here are just a few of the moments I captured with my camera as I walked the bourse and took in the many […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report: Is this January or One Awesome Dream?

Legend Numismatics Market Report: Is this January or One Awesome Dream?

Legend Numismatics Market Report… Legend Numismatics has done RECORD business for the month of July. We could shut the doors today and be at all time record sales. We have been BOTH BUYING and SELLING. Business is so crazy we cannot stop even for a day. We have been working through weekends and have traveled […]

Raleigh Money Expo Show Report

Raleigh Money Expo Show Report

By Charles Morgan by CoinWeek…. A few months ago, CoinWeek contributing writer Dave Provost invited me to the Raleigh Money Expo, a growing regional show put on by the members of the Raleigh Coin Club. The event, held this year in a 50,000 square foot exhibition space at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, boasted more […]

First Islamic Coins to be Offered by Baldwin’s

First Islamic Coins to be Offered by Baldwin’s

Rarely offered Islamic coins highlight upcoming auction… The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar, will be drawing in the collectors at A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd.’s forthcoming Islamic Coin Auction 26. The sale will be held on Wednesday 6 August 2014 in London. Graham Byfield, Islamic Coin specialist at […]

CoinWeek Summer FUN Show Report

CoinWeek Summer FUN Show Report

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. While the July FUN Show might not be as boisterous or headline-grabbing as its much bigger January sibling, the Orlando, Florida-based summer show is a fantastic opportunity for collectors to take in a Heritage Auctions Coin Auction and walk a bustling bourse floor replete with the wares of more than […]

The Royal Mint Edge Strikes Gold Britannia Bullion Coins for First Time

The Royal Mint Edge Strikes Gold Britannia Bullion Coins for First Time

The Royal Mint announces new gold Britannia bullion coin program…. Following the highly successful launch of an edge struck silver Britannia coin, The Royal Mint has now introduced a new gold Britannia bullion coin for 2014 which bear an intricate horse design around its milled edge. Last year The Royal Mint announced a strategic partnership […]

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