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Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed (UPDATED MARCH 28)

Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed (UPDATED MARCH 28)

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   UPDATE: According to the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Patrick McMahon, the time capsule will be reburied some time after April 2015. So if you get the chance or just happen to be in the area, check out the time capsule’s contents at the MFA before the exhibit ends […]

CCAC Makes Design Recommendations for Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin, Mark Twain Commemorative, Among Others

CCAC Makes Design Recommendations for Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin, Mark Twain Commemorative, Among Others

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. At its March 5 public meeting in conjunction with the ANA National Money Show in Portland, Oregon, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) made recommendations from the available design candidates for the Mark Twain commemorative coin program, the Rosebud Sioux Code Talker Congressional gold medal, the Monuments Men Recognition Congressional […]

CCAC Meeting Reveals How New Coin Design Process Works, Part 1: The Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal

CCAC Meeting Reveals How New Coin Design Process Works, Part 1: The Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Who’s responsible for bad coin design? Not the CCAC, says CoinWeek Assistant Editor Hubert Walker in this three-part report and commentary. Last week I spent the most educational seven hours on the phone that I’ve ever sat through in my entire life. I learned a lot about contemporary coins, coin […]

By February 2, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
Pope Francis Commemoratives Mark Travels to Philippines, Sri Lanka

Pope Francis Commemoratives Mark Travels to Philippines, Sri Lanka

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Pope Francis I is currently on a tour of Southeast Asia, and a few nations are commemorating his travels with limited-edition coins. This includes Sri Lanka, where the pope adorns a 500-rupee silver piece, and the Philippines, where a special four-coin set will be released two at a time over […]

By January 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
ANZAC Centenary Commemorative 1st Coin of 2015 for Royal Australian Mint

ANZAC Centenary Commemorative 1st Coin of 2015 for Royal Australian Mint

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On Thursday, January 1, the Royal Australian Mint in the capital city of Canberra introduced the first Australian coin of 2015, with the unveiling of a new AU$1 commemorating the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). The coin is part of the Official ANZAC Centenary Coin Program, which honors […]

Israel Recovers Ancient Coins Stolen from Site

Israel Recovers Ancient Coins Stolen from Site

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On December 31, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that it had recovered over 800 ancient coins from the house of a Beit Shemesh man who confessed to looting items from a local archaeological site. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was apprehended by border police while on […]

United States Mint Opens Sales for 2015 American Eagle Silver Proof Jan. 2

United States Mint Opens Sales for 2015 American Eagle Silver Proof Jan. 2

By US Mint….   The United States Mint will open sales for the 2015 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin (product code ES6) on Jan. 2 at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST). The American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is the collector version of the United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin. The coin’s obverse (heads […]

Spanish Police Arrest Alleged Forgers of €2 Euro Coins

Spanish Police Arrest Alleged Forgers of €2 Euro Coins

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Police in Madrid arrested three individuals yesterday on charges of counterfeiting up to 12,000 two-euro coins over five years. The three appeared to be running the counterfeiting operation out of their houses, using equipment readily-available at the average home improvement store. During the arrests, officers found a total of […]

By December 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New Set of Swedish Coins and Bank Notes in 2015

New Set of Swedish Coins and Bank Notes in 2015

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Central Bank of Sweden (Sveriges Riksbank) announced recently that a new series of Swedish coins and bank notes will be introduced in October 2015, replacing over 300 million notes and two billion coins currently in circulation. The Riksbank announced a design contest for the new notes in spring 2011. […]

By December 30, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Where Did the Mint Get Aluminum? – December 28, 2014

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Where Did the Mint Get Aluminum? – December 28, 2014

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. Bruce W. Smith submitted this question about U.S. aluminum coinage patterns. Can anyone help? -Wayne Homren, Editor   Because I collect aluminum type coins of the world, pre-1900 aluminum medals and medals […]

By December 29, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Royal Mint Unveils Limited Edition £100 Silver Coin

Royal Mint Unveils Limited Edition £100 Silver Coin

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Royal Mint has an end-of-the-year surprise for you. On December 27, the venerable institution unveiled a new, limited-edition £100 silver coin featuring the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London–otherwise known as “Big Ben”*–on the reverse. This is the first time the Mint has issued a coin […]

By December 28, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
National Park Service Centennial Commemorative Coins Set for 2016

National Park Service Centennial Commemorative Coins Set for 2016

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On December 19, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. Folded into the bill this year (a version of which must be approved annually) was the National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. As a result, the United States Mint is authorized […]

By December 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Angola Issues New 20-Kwanza Coins; 50- and 100-Kwanza Coins Set for 2015

Angola Issues New 20-Kwanza Coins; 50- and 100-Kwanza Coins Set for 2015

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. To celebrate Angola’s 40th anniversary of independence from Portugal, the National Reserve Bank of Angola (Banco Nacional de Angola, or BNA) will issue new 50- and 100-kwanza coins in 2015. BNA governor José de Lima Massano announced the new denominations on December 23, at the release ceremony for the the […]

By December 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Texas Coin Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years for Theft

Texas Coin Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years for Theft

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On December 18, Edwin Chauncey, the former owner and operator of Chauncey’s Rare Coins and Currency in Lubbock, TX, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for swindling $1.24 million from customers. Standing before Judge Brad Underwood of the 364th District Court in Lubbock County, Chauncey, 66, plead guilty in […]

By December 26, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
US Mint Releases Second Report on Alternative Ways to Manufacture Coins

US Mint Releases Second Report on Alternative Ways to Manufacture Coins

by Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… If you read nothing else concerning the US Mint’s December 12 biennial report on coin production costs and research into production alternatives, then here are the report’s conclusions: There is no material that can make cent production cheaper. Currently, the costs to industries that make use of coin-accepting machines (such as […]

By December 16, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
Microsoft Now Accepting Bitcoins for App and Game Purchases

Microsoft Now Accepting Bitcoins for App and Game Purchases

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The tide is gradually changing in favor of Bitcoin. Software giant Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has long been considered by many to be relatively slow to respond to changes in the market. However, with this year’s departure of CEO Steve Ballmer and promotion of Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella, that appears to […]

By December 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bitcoin Embassy in Amsterdam Latest in Series of Global Outreach Centers

Bitcoin Embassy in Amsterdam Latest in Series of Global Outreach Centers

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com… On December 12, a Bitcoin “embassy” will open in Amsterdam. In the interest of encouraging the adoption of Bitcoin as a viable electronic currency, the non-profit Bitcoin Embassy Amsterdam will serve as an outreach center to all members of the public who may be interested in decentralized digital currencies such […]

By December 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Kickstarter Campaign for 3rd Edition Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide

Kickstarter Campaign for 3rd Edition Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Rick Snow, numismatic author and owner of Eagle Eye Rare Coins in Tucson, AZ, is offering readers a special pre-publication deal on the upcoming 3rd edition of the Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide. First published in 1992 as simply Flying Eagles and Indian Cents, the “Snow” book started […]

Recent Developments in the Mt.Gox Saga and a Bitcoin Phishing Scam

Recent Developments in the Mt.Gox Saga and a Bitcoin Phishing Scam

By Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek………. Much has been said in the last week regarding the fall of Mt.Gox from its privileged position in the Bitcoin community. Most of it means little as far as Bitcoin is concerned. Last month, documents were leaked that revealed how much the management of Mt.Gox knew about the $460 million allegedly […]

 
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