Medals and Tokens

Public CCAC Meeting Scheduled for March 5

Public CCAC Meeting Scheduled for March 5

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for March 5, 2015. A public forum will occur the following day on March 6, 2015. Date: March 5, 2015. Time: 9:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Location: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther […]

By February 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Interesting Coins – Love Tokens

Interesting Coins – Love Tokens

On this Valentines Day, 2015, we figure we’d add in a numismatic twist. Love tokens are generally defined as coins where one side (or sometimes both sides) has been smoothed down and engraved with initials, names, phrases and/or scenes. These were often given to young ladies as “tokens of love” by suitors. The manufacture and […]

By February 14, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Collecting Love Tokens. VIDEO: 14:33

Collecting Love Tokens. VIDEO: 14:33

Richard Burdick, Member, Love Token Society Interviewer: David Lisot………. A romantic aspect of coin collecting includes love tokens. These are coins that have been engraved or enameled to show affection for someone or to commemorate an event. The Love Token Society had a booth at the ANA Convention in New Orleans. Longtime love token collector […]

By February 14, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Food Stamp Change Token Research Update – February 8, 2015

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Food Stamp Change Token Research Update – February 8, 2015

By Wayne Homren for The E-Sylum eNewsletter…. Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. Click here for part one. Regarding his call for assistance cataloging U.S. Food stamp Change Tokens, Scott Hopkins writes: Here are the folks who responded […]

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. Through a long chain of pious frauds and medieval myth-making, the February 14 feast day of St. Valentine, an obscure third century martyr, became a day for celebrating romantic Love in Western popular culture. It may be no surprise to the reader that classical numismatics has relatively little […]

Gold Medal Collection once belonging to Louis Eliasberg brings $62,891.88 at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale

Gold Medal Collection once belonging to Louis Eliasberg brings $62,891.88 at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale

by CoinWeek News Staff… A fifteen piece uncirculated gold medal collection once belonging to famed collector Louis Eliasberg has just brought $62,891.88 (with buyer’s premium) at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale, held in New York. The set, sold in individual lots, included a possibly unique Lincoln Indian Peace Medal (Lot 91, Realized with BP $15,275), a […]

By February 5, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
First Special Service Force Receives Congressional Gold Medal

First Special Service Force Receives Congressional Gold Medal

Members of the First Special Service Force (the Force), an elite American-Canadian joint combat group, were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Designed and struck by the United States Mint, the medal recognizes the Force for its superior service during World War […]

By February 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 3 Comments Read More →
Breaking: CCAC Approves 2015 High Relief Gold Coin Design

Breaking: CCAC Approves 2015 High Relief Gold Coin Design

Breaking News: 2015 High Relief Gold Coin design selected by CCAC. Correction: An earlier image of the approved design posted by CoinWeek contained the incorrect reverse design. We apologize for the confusion. The reverse chosen by the CCAC is presented above.     Update: CCAC also approved obverse and reverse designs for the Jack Nicklaus […]

By January 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Some Hawaiian Medals and Tokens – January 25, 2015

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Some Hawaiian Medals and Tokens – January 25, 2015

By Wayne Homren for The E-Sylum eNewsletter…. Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. Some Hawaiian Medals and Tokens Lots 1745-1750 of the Goldberg January 25-28, 2015 Pre Long Beach sale also caught my interest – a group of […]

By January 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CCAC Releases Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates

CCAC Releases Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates

By CoinWeek News Staff…. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) has released candidate designs for the 2015 High Relief 24 Karat Gold Coin and Silver Medal and the Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal. The designs will be reviewed and discussed at the CCAC’s upcoming public meeting, which takes place on Tuesday, January 27, from 9am […]

By January 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
In Memoriam: Susan Gamble, 1957-2015

In Memoriam: Susan Gamble, 1957-2015

  By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Artist and coin designer Susan G. Gamble died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. She was 57 years old. Gamble was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and grew up in Danville. She studied painting and graduated with a fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1978. […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Wayne’s Numismatic Diary – January 18, 2015

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Wayne’s Numismatic Diary – January 18, 2015

By Wayne Homren for The E-Sylum eNewsletter….   Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter   WAYNE’S NUMISMATIC DIARY: JANUARY 18, 2015 On Monday I received and forwarded several files of pages scanned from The Elder Monthly in response […]

By January 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mint Condition: U.S. Mint Coin Sales as of Jan. 11, 2015

Mint Condition: U.S. Mint Coin Sales as of Jan. 11, 2015

By CoinWeek News Staff…. Current coin sales figures*  from the U.S. Mint. Products listed are currently available for purchase. Items labeled ‘Out of Stock’ or ‘Sold Out’ on usmint.gov are not listed below. Sales figures for items older than 2010 are omitted from the Mint’s online records and therefore not included here. Listings change over […]

By January 19, 2015 0 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 →
2014 Coin and Chronicles Set – Franklin D. Roosevelt Available Dec. 22

2014 Coin and Chronicles Set – Franklin D. Roosevelt Available Dec. 22

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2014 Coin and Chronicles Set – Franklin D. Roosevelt (product code FR9) starting Dec. 22 at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST). The set, limited to 20,000 units, contains the following: One proof quality 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential $1 Coin One proof quality 2014 Roosevelt dime […]

By December 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
World War II Members of the Civil Air Patrol Receive Congressional Gold Medal

World War II Members of the Civil Air Patrol Receive Congressional Gold Medal

A Congressional Gold Medal was awarded collectively today to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The medal, designed and struck by the United States Mint, recognizes the organization for their humanitarian, combat, and national services during a critical […]

By December 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Russian Billionaire Buys Nobel Prize Medal, Pledges To Return To American Scientist

Russian Billionaire Buys Nobel Prize Medal, Pledges To Return To American Scientist

By CoinWeek News Staff Alisher Usmanov, who, according to Forbes, is the richest man in both Russia and Britain, has revealed himself to be the anonymous buyer of American scientist James Watson’s Nobel prize medal, recently auctioned by Christie’s for a record-breaking $4.76 million. In a statement released through his company USM Holdings, Mr. Usmanov […]

By December 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Amazing 15-Piece Gold Lincoln Medallic Set With Unique Gold Lincoln Indian Peace Medal

Amazing 15-Piece Gold Lincoln Medallic Set With Unique Gold Lincoln Indian Peace Medal

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist. Based on the lot description by John Kraljevich …. A Major Highlight in Stack’s Bowers February 2015 Americana Sale An amazing – not many other superlatives fit – 15-piece boxed “set” of Lincoln medals and medalets, all in gold, will be a focal point in the Stack’s Bowers upcoming February […]

By December 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Rare University of Notre Dame Laetare Medal for Sale on eBay

Rare University of Notre Dame Laetare Medal for Sale on eBay

By CoinWeek News Staff… In a year when two Nobel Prize medals have been sold at auction, it is perhaps no surprise that another prestigious award has now found its way to market. On Thursday, December 4, a Laetare medal–given annually by the University of Notre Dame to honor American Catholic groups and individuals for […]

By December 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Watson Nobel Prize Medal Sets Record at Christie’s Auction

Watson Nobel Prize Medal Sets Record at Christie’s Auction

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On Thursday, Christie’s of New York auctioned a unique Nobel Prize medal belonging to Dr. James D. Watson, one of the 20th century’s most preeminent microbiologists and one of a team of scientists credited with discovering the structure of the DNA double helix. As we reported on […]

Nobel Prize Awarded to Molecular Biologist James Watson for Sale at Auction

Nobel Prize Awarded to Molecular Biologist James Watson for Sale at Auction

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Once called the Caligula of Biology[1], now set to score big on the sale of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific medals… James Dewey Watson, an internationally recognized molecular biologist and part of the team of researchers responsible for discovering the double helix structure of DNA […]

Third Edition of George and Melvin Fuld’s U.S Civil War Storecards Released

Third Edition of George and Melvin Fuld’s U.S Civil War Storecards Released

It took more than forty years, but finally an updated Third Edition of George and Melvin Fuld’s standard reference U.S. Civil War Storecards has been published. John Ostendorf has overhauled the original, bringing forward new merchant biographies, historical insights, and collecting advice to a new 664 page, full color edition. Civil War Token Society members […]

By November 24, 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 →
Panama Canal 100 Year Anniversary Medals

Panama Canal 100 Year Anniversary Medals

The Panama Canal was completed in 1914, at that time it was considered a technological marvel. The canal was an important strategic and economic asset to the U.S., and revolutionized world shipping patterns. The canal saves 7,800 miles on a trip from New York to San Francisco by sea. The first ship to complete an […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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