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  • The Royal Clipper Collection Offered in Auction #843
    We are excited to offer this wonderful 39-coin collection of better date coin & type coins as a part of our Guaranteed Auction Program (GAP). All coins are live now in our Sunday Auction #843 and listed with NO RESERVE!  Click here to view …
    - 3 Feb 15, 10:01pm -
  • DLRC F.U.N. Show Review
    John B, John F, Mike and myself just returned from a long but productive week in Orlando at the F.U.N. Show. We appreciate all of the customers that stopped by to say hello and looked at a few coins. It was an … Continue reading →
    - 14 Jan 15, 9:30pm -
  • Website Holiday Special – Enjoy 8% Off!
    Happy Holidays! We’d like to thank you for your continued business and support this past year.  We look forward to offering you the best selection and quality of certified rare coins in the market today. To celebrate the year ending, we … Conti…
    - 24 Dec 14, 7:17pm -
  • Classic Gold Commems Offered in Internet Auction #836
        The Forrest Hills Collection is a beautiful run of Classic Gold Commemoratives  all housed in PCGS Old Green Holders (OGH). This is a great opportunity to add these classic gold pieces to your collection or upgrade to a high-end, CAC ap…
    - 16 Dec 14, 8:06pm -
  • Central Park Collection Coins Just Added to Auction #834
    We just received a fresh group of 84 coins from the Central Park Collection and have added them in to Auction #834, closing Sunday, December 14th.  Highlights include an Incredible Fully Struck Gem - 1926-D 5c PCGS MS66+, an Important Rarity …
    - 5 Dec 14, 7:53pm -
  • Very Limited Offering of Rare French Gold Coins from 1904
    Limited Quantity Available Thanks to a lucky discovery in Europe, we are able to offer just a few handfuls of Dupré’s Angel 50 Franc coins. Each weighs one half troy ounce and is composed of 90% fine gold, struck at … Continue reading →
    - 6 Nov 14, 10:10pm -
  • Dixie Proof Shield Nickel Collection Offered in Auction #830
    Our Sunday Internet Auction #830 offers (20) fantastic PCGS registry-quality Proof Shield Nickels from the Dixie Collection. Click the tile below to browse and bid before the auction closes on Sunday, November 16th. Contact us for more details abou…
    - 6 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • River City & Winter Springs Collections Offered in Auction #828
    We are excited to be able to offer two unique customer collections in our Sunday Auction #828. The River City Collection offers a nostalgic group of family heirloom pieces that have not seen the light of day in over 40 … Continue reading →
    - 24 Oct 14, 4:15pm -

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Ancient Coin Collecting

  • CCPIA: Then and Now
    The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act of 1983 (CCPIA) has been in effect for more than 30 years and was massaged through the legislative process over a 13-year span.  The fact that this law has withstood many challenges and is still…
    - 22 days ago, 6 May 15, 9:04pm -
  • ACCG Comments at Italy CPAC Hearing
    Below is a transcript of the oral comments presented by Wayne G. Sayles, representing the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, at the 2015 hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee on April 8 at Washington, DC.  The hearing included public comme…
    - 44 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:54pm -
  • Surviving the chase
    Once I heard about a collector who didn't care what he had to pay for a coin, and cared even less what he could eventually sell his collection for.  I have yet to meet him, but he probably does exist—somewhere.  More typically, collectors envisio…
    - 11 Feb 15, 5:49pm -
  • Analysis: one of the joys of ancient coin collecting
    Mardin, Najm al-Din AlpiAD 1152-1176 (AH 547-572)Gemini / Virgo and MercuryDid you ever look at the image on an ancient coin and wonder, why did they choose this particular image? If the coin happens to bear the portrait of a king or emperor, the a…
    - 11 Feb 15, 4:53pm -
  • Did the Ancients believe the Earth was round?
    A debate over whether the ancients knew the world is round has been simmering for centuries, and still pops up now and then.  In the February 1998 issue of The Celator, Michael Marotta presented a well thought out argument for the affirmative ("Anci…
    - 11 Feb 15, 4:26am -
  • Truth is still important
    My post of last week provoked a response that deserves some attention.  A Punk Archaeologist @adreinhard posted on Twitter three Facebook profile photos of me with bold captioned "quotes":1. "The AIA taps your phones to find out where your archaeolo…
    - 9 Feb 15, 11:00pm -
  • Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins
    Some ACCG members have asked what they can do to assure that the purchases they make are legal.  One might theoretically ask the same question about many objects or substances that are traded domestically and internationally.  The ACCG web site off…
    - 28 Aug 11, 3:13pm -
  • The Roman Dodecahedron
    An article in Fox News recently asked for reader opinions on the purpose of an unusual artifact that is found in widely dispersed areas and has apparently stumped scholars for centuries.  Here's my guess as to its purpose:This is a game piece simil…
    - 12 Jun 11, 4:42pm -
  • Dancing with the Universe
    With kind permission of John HookerI'm sure that most are quite familiar with the infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates coins. As the link here describes, it was a badly mishandled discovery which became a major impetus for the new Treasure Act to…
    - 2 Feb 11, 5:48pm -
  • How old is "Ancient"?
    The classification of cultures generally tracks along two interrelated lines: chronological and geographical. For centuries, coin collectors struggled with the lack of a coherent system for cataloguing the vast array of issues from antiquity through…
    - 11 Nov 10, 9:44pm -

Coin Update

  • newUnited States Mint Goes to Three-Shift Operations in Philadelphia and Denver
    The United States Mint has announced that circulating coin production at its Philadelphia and Denver facilities are temporarily converting from two-shift to three-shift operations to accommodate an increase in production requirements. The Philadelphi…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 May 15, 5:54pm -
  • newWilliam B. Yeats 150th Anniversary of Birth Celebrated on New Silver Coin
    The Central Bank of Ireland have announced that a new silver coin will be issued in honor of one of the country’s most well-remembered and honored poets and authors, that of William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) on this the 150th anniversary of the…
    - 16 hours ago, 28 May 15, 12:15pm -
  • newUS Mint Sales Report: Top Sellers Include Annual Sets and Proof Silver Eagle
    Since there were no new product releases this week, the United States Mint numismatic product sales report will take focus on the top three sellers for the week. This included the three core annual sets and the 2015 Proof American Silver Eagle. The t…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 15, 1:18pm -
  • newPCGS Introduces New, Security Enhanced Holders
    Professional Coin Grading Service is launching the world’s most technically advanced holder for protecting coins and providing additional security against counterfeiting. The completely redesigned holders include an embedded hologram and a Quick Re…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 15, 11:16am -
  • newPreview of Heritage June 2015 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction
    The June 2015 Long Beach Expo includes a U.S. coin auction organized by Heritage. Offered are 4,414 lots, ranging from colonials to territorial gold coins, with auctions taking place between June 4th and June 7th. We have gone through the auction cat…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 15, 10:46am -
  • newStruve Geodetic Arc from UNESCO World Heritage List Featured on New Silver Coin
    The Bank of Lithuania have launched a silver coin which honors and celebrates one of the most remarkable human attempts to determine the Earth’s shape and size which required a very concentrated level of multi-national co-operation during a time in…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 15, 10:30am -
  • newView Pogue Collection Coins in Online PCGS Digital Albums
    Every collector can now admire the PCGS-certified coins in the first and the upcoming second auction of magnificent rarities in the fabulous D. Brent Pogue Collection. All the complete sets of the Pogue Collection that were in the May 19, 2015 auctio…
    - 6 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:45pm -
  • new1936 San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Commemorative Half Dollar
    Virtually anyone who ever visited the San Francisco Bay Area will either have traveled on or seen the Bay Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Oakland. Bigger, longer and older than it’s more famous orange-red brother the Golden Gate Bridge (which…
    - 6 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:22pm -
  • newItaly Centennial of the First World War Remembered on Silver Coin
    The IPZS (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato) or the Italian State Mint have issued a new silver coin which remembers the 100th anniversary of Italy’s entry in the Great War. One hundred years ago, on the 24th May 1915, the Kingdom of Italy e…
    - 6 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:13pm -
  • newThree Nation 3-Coin Set Observes 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
    The Royal Dutch Mint have launched a three coin set, which includes coins of their country as well as those of Belgium and the United Kingdom, to observe the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The pivotal battle, which took place on the 18t…
    - 7 days ago, 21 May 15, 8:04pm -

Coin Collecting News

  • Five Proof America the Beautiful Quarters in First 2014 Set
    New from the United States Mint is its first coin collecting product in 2014 with America the Beautiful Quarters, and its first set of the year. Released Tuesday and on sale for $14.95 is the 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Pro…
    - 12 Jan 14, 1:33am -
  • 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Coins
    Commemorative coins celebrating the semicentennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are now available from the United States Mint, as authorized under Public Law 110-451. On Thursday, January 2, 2014, the US Mint starting accepting or…
    - 4 Jan 14, 4:10pm -
  • Sales Ending for Some 2012-2013 Coin Collecting Products
    Less than a half day remains until some of the coin collecting products from the United States Mint permanently go off sale, making way for 2014 coins and products. At Noon ET today, December 31, 2013, all 2013 commemorative coins and products with t…
    - 31 Dec 13, 12:21pm -
  • US Mint 2014 Coin Collecting Products
    Collectors can now plan ahead for what coin collecting products they want to buy in 2014 from the United States Mint. Earlier this month the US Mint listed nearly all the coins and sets it will release for the year. Many of them also have prices. Kic…
    - 22 Dec 13, 6:35pm -
  • First Spouse Coin Collecting Products End 2013
    Four of the five coin collecting products that the United States will end 2013 with are those featuring former First Ladies. Normally these products would have been issued earlier in the year but they were delayed due to production problems that shar…
    - 15 Dec 13, 9:36pm -
  • 2013 Limited Edition Set Offers Popular Silver Coins
    Out this week from the United States Mint is the 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set. Released on the 12th, this specially designed set for coin collectors has seven silver coins composed in 90% silver and one in 99.9% silver. The latter is the Min…
    - 14 Dec 13, 6:09pm -
  • Sold Out US Mint Products, Last Chance at Collector Coins
    Two United States Mint products for collectors sold out last week, and the bureau just published a list of other coin collecting products that will go off sale by year’s end. No longer available are the 2013-P Fort McHenry National Monument and His…
    - 9 Dec 13, 4:09am -
  • Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins
    Two more 2013 $10 First Spouse Gold Coins are among collectible products from the United States Mint to make an appearance in early December. Proof and uncirculated coins celebrating Helen Taft launch on Monday, December 2, 2013. They will start at p…
    - 1 Dec 13, 6:38am -
  • Last 2013 ATB Quarter Products for Collectors
    This week the United States Mint released the final two collector products holding 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters. 2013 Mount Rushmore America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets are available for $9.95 each and the new annual 2013 America th…
    - 23 Nov 13, 11:34pm -
  • Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins
    Two of the five 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins for collectors make their debut in November. The one-half ounce, 24-karat gold coins honoring Ida McKinley launched this past Thursday, November 14, 2013. Staring prices are $820 for the uncirculated coin…
    - 18 Nov 13, 5:19am -

Coinnews.net

  • newGold and Silver Snap Losing Streak
    Gold prices settled higher on Thursday for the first time in five sessions, and bounced slightly from a more than two-week low.Gold for August delivery added $2.30, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,188.80...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 7 hours ago, 28 May 15, 9:32pm -
  • newUS Mint Expanding Operations and Hiring
    Demand for U.S. circulating coins is increasing, and the United States Mint is expanding operations as a result. Coin production figures have jumped above at least 1.2 billion each month this year,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 May 15, 6:22pm -
  • newUS Mint Sales: Core 2015 Sets Lead
    The U.S. Mint's trio of core annual sets and its proof Silver Eagle topped sales charts. Leading the pack was the recently issued 2015 Silver Proof Set.This set of 14 proof coins, with 7 of them in...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
    - 12 hours ago, 28 May 15, 4:21pm -
  • newGold Marks Fourth Straight Session Loss
    Gold prices on Wednesday ended lower for a fourth session in a row, marking their longest slump since the first week in March and holding at a more than two-week low.Gold for June delivery dipped...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
    - 1 day ago, 27 May 15, 9:51pm -
  • newPCGS Reveals Security-Enhanced Coin Holders
    New security-enhanced holders for PCGS-certified coins are now in use, Professional Coin Grading Service announced Tuesday, May 26. The holders have both obvious and hidden security features to...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 15, 3:08pm -
  • newD. Brent Pogue Collection, Part I, Realizes Over $25M
    Records fell on Tuesday, May 19, when the first of the seven part D. Brent Pogue Collection went under the hammer. Presented jointly by Stack's Bowers Galleries and Sotheby's in New York, more than...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 15, 5:47am -
  • newUS Mint Gold Coin Prices May Decline Wed., May 27
    Prices of collectible gold coins produced and sold by the United States Mint could go down on Wednesday, May 27.It'll be close, whether or not that happens. The U.S. Mint averages London gold...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 2 days ago, 26 May 15, 10:22pm -
  • newGold Starts Trading Week at 2-Week Low
    Gold prices posted a more than two-week low to start the new trading week on Tuesday after the U.S. holiday break on Monday for Memorial Day.Gold for June delivery settled down $17.10, or 1.4%, to...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 2 days ago, 26 May 15, 8:18pm -
  • newGold, Silver Drop on Week; US Mint Coin Sales Improve
    Gold, silver and platinum declined heading into the three-day weekend with U.S. markets closed on Monday for Memorial Day.Gold for June delivery was actually almost flat on the day, dropping a dime...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
    - 6 days ago, 22 May 15, 9:53pm -
  • new2015 $20 Polar Bear Silver Coin with Canadian Jade
    A unique collector coin from the Royal Canadian Mint sports a polar bear in jade with two engraved cubs in an Arctic scene.Limited to 8,500 and struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality, the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
    - 7 days ago, 22 May 15, 12:58pm -

Numismatic News

  • newWill the new reverse proofs make the Presidential dollar series more valuable?
    Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Will the new reverse proofs make the Presidential dollar series more valuable? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing Dave Harper … Continu…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 May 15, 9:51pm -
  • newBullion sales continue to slump
    May could become the worst month of the year for bullion coin sales. As of May 27, Authorized Purchasers had ordered just 9,500 one-ounce, 2,000 half-ounce, 6,000 quarter- ounce and 30,000 tenth-ounce gold American Eagles. They also acquired 7,000 on…
    - 7 hours ago, 28 May 15, 9:17pm -
  • newMarch of Dimes set prices advance
    Prices are on the rise for the March of Dimes silver proof set on the secondary market. If you own one or are thinking about purchasing a set, be sure to read on so you can keep up to date. … Continue reading →
    - 9 hours ago, 28 May 15, 7:49pm -
  • newBye, bye silver, or buy, buy silver?
    Silver advocates might still be forecasting the price of the metal will head for the moon, but down-to-earth silver buyers are acting as if this outcome is not in prospect. The Mint will end its rationing program called allocation for … Continue re…
    - 9 hours ago, 28 May 15, 7:49pm -
  • newPCGS creates new holder
    A new holder has been introduced by the Professional Coin Grading Service. It will help preserve the coins in them as well as fight counterfeiting, the firm says. The completely redesigned holders include an embedded hologram and a Quick Response ……
    - 9 hours ago, 28 May 15, 7:42pm -
  • newCollecting errors a mistake?
    When you read stories about wonderful circulation finds that turn out to be valuable, they are almost always about error coins. My recent blog about the finds of doubled-die Homestead quarters is a case in point. Searches by collectors for … Contin…
    - 14 hours ago, 28 May 15, 2:06pm -
  • newCPMX show dates announced
    The 22nd Annual Chicago Paper Money Exposition will be held Friday through Sunday, March 18-20, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, Ill. Booth setup and Professional Preview Day will be Thursday, March 17, 201…
    - 1 day ago, 27 May 15, 9:44pm -
  • newDon’t you dare colorize euros
    Colorized U.S. coins have been sold in the American coin collecting hobby for years. Some are mass produced, such as gold-plated state quarters. Some are hand-colored artwork on classic designs such as the Buffalo nickel. When these pieces are found…
    - 2 days ago, 27 May 15, 2:12pm -
  • newSave us from zombies
    There might be fewer money zombies walking among us in future thanks to the current national discussion of who should be on the $20 bill. However you might feel as a collector about the issue of replacing President Andrew Jackson … Continue reading…
    - 3 days ago, 26 May 15, 2:45pm -
  • newSwiss bank UBS to cooperate with Justice Department

    - 6 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:34pm -

Mint News Blog

  • newBills Proposing Congressional Gold Medals Introduced in the 114th Congress
    To follow up on the previous post summarizing coin related legislation introduced in the 114th Congress, I wanted to have a separate post summarizing the bills introduced which propose the award of Congressional Gold Medals. The Congressional Gold Me…
    - 17 hours ago, 28 May 15, 11:15am -
  • newCoin Related Legislation Introduced in the 114th Congress
    With a lull in the United States Mint’s numismatic product schedule, I wanted to take a post to summarize the coin related legislation introduced in the 114th Congress. Many aspects of circulating, commemorative, and bullion coin production are dir…
    - 2 days ago, 26 May 15, 8:23pm -
  • newApplications Sought for New CCAC Member
    The United States Mint recently published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that they are seeking membership applications for a new member of of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCCA). The CCAC advises the Secretary of the Treasury…
    - 7 days ago, 22 May 15, 1:41pm -
  • newAmerican Fighter Aces Bronze Medal
    Earlier today, the Congressional Gold Medal was collectively awarded to the American Fighter Aces in recognition of their heroic service to the United States throughout the history of aviation warfare. The award of the medal was authorized under Publ…
    - 8 days ago, 20 May 15, 8:41pm -
  • 2015 ATB 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin Update

    - 10 days ago, 18 May 15, 9:20pm -
  • 2015 United States Mint Silver Proof Set
    Today, May 14, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2015 Silver Proof Set. This 14-coin set includes seven coins struck in a special composition of 90% silver. Each 2015 Silver Proof Set includes the following proof c…
    - 15 days ago, 14 May 15, 3:16pm -
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set, March of Dimes Set Update
    Today, May 12, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set featuring Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower. Each set contains an uncirculated Dwight D. Eisenhower…
    - 17 days ago, 12 May 15, 3:07pm -

Coin World

  • Wrong planchets can suffer from defective plating process
    By Mike DiamondCollectors’ Clearinghouse: Errors & Varieties by Mike Diamond: Wrong planchets can suffer from defective plating process...Since their introduction in 1982, the copper-plated zinc planchets used for Lincoln cents have been affected…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:59pm -
  • Howling Wolf on new RCM gold bullion coin
    By Jeff StarckThe Royal Canadian Mint used the World Money Fair in that city to showcase Canada’s new silver and gold bullion coins fe...Berlin may be an unfamiliar setting for Canadian wildlife, but on Feb. 5 the Royal Canadian Mint used the Wor…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:58pm -
  • ANACS certifies Liberty Dollar medallions
    By Paul GilkesANACS is certifying Liberty Dollars. These were introduced as a private, voluntary barter currency in 1998 by monetary a...Collectors are submitting Liberty Dollar medallions for third-party certifications and encapsulation. ANACS has…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:57pm -
  • George Walton heirs donate $100,000 to ANA
    By Paul GilkesThe American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Diploma Program will be updated and digitized thanks to the donation.The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Diploma Program will be updated and digitized thanks to a $100,…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:56pm -
  • The 'other' 1859 cent
    By Q. David BowersThe Joys of Collecting by Q. David Bowers: The 'other' 1859 cent — Issue struck with reverse of 1860You probably know about the regular 1859 Indian Head cent — an issue for which 36.4 million coins were struck.The Flying E…
    - 21 Feb 14, 2:59pm -
  • Seated Liberty dime varieties
    By Steve RoachGerry Fortin’s online resource the “Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Varieties” will be used by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.Numismatic Guaranty Corp. recently announced that it will attribute Seated Liberty dime varieties listed in Gerr…
    - 21 Feb 14, 2:58pm -
  • Mint State silver Eagles
    By Scott SchechterMaking Moderns by Scott Schechter: Mint State silver Eagles — Building a basic set of popular issue.Silver American Eagles have emerged as the most popular collector series of the 2010s. As evidence, consider that 43 million Ame…
    - 21 Feb 14, 2:57pm -

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