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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

  • Cypriot coins recorded in IGCH as found in hoards outside the Republic of Cyprus
    Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH)The original ANS edition of IGCH (1973) was edited by Colin Kraay, Margaret Thompson and Otto Morkholm.  An enhanced digital edition has been created and hosted at by Sebastian Heath and Andrew Meadow…
    - 38 days ago, 21 Jun 15, 10:03pm -
  • 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 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

  • newLuxembourg Celebrates Congress of Vienna Bicentenary with New Silver & Color Coin
    The Banque Centrale de Luxembourg has announced the issue of a new coin celebrating the bicentenary anniversary of the Congress of Vienna, an accord that established the Grand Duchy of Luxenbourg as a separate geopolitical entity in association with…
    - 6 hours ago, 29 Jul 15, 8:40pm -
  • newCoin Fraud Watchdogs: Paul Montgomery and Lyn Stevens
    Editor’s Note: Paul Montgomery, past president of the Professional Numismatists Guild, and Lyn Stevens, a Texas-based attorney, operate a precious metals site, but most recently made the news because of their role in the PCA/PCI coin fraud case in…
    - 13 hours ago, 29 Jul 15, 1:18pm -
  • newHungarian Inventors & Inventions Series Continues with Latest Square Coin
    The National Bank of Hungary has issued its latest coin in the popular and informative “Hungarian Inventors and Their Inventions” series, which focuses on some of the country’s best known inventors. The 2015-dated coin highlights Kornél Szilva…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 15, 9:25pm -
  • newCollecting Half Dimes: Q. David Bowers on an Interesting and Varied Series
    Of the various denominations of silver coins, half dimes are among the smallest series in terms of different dates; they are also the most varied. Over the years, several numismatists have fallen in love with these coins, beginning with Harold P. New…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 15, 2:19pm -
  • newAntietam Commemorative Half Dollar
    The 1937 Battle of Antietam Commemorative half dollar (or simply “Antietam,” as it is generally referred to in the numismatic world) is the last in a series of classic commemoratives focusing on the American Civil War. The coin commemorates the B…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 8:01pm -
  • newFamed but Doomed Franklin Expedition Features on Canadian Silver Coin
    The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a coin which marks the 175th anniversary of a fateful expedition that was instrumental in defining Canada’s sovereignty over its Arctic territory. One hundred and seventy years after Sir John Franklin and his cr…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 1:59pm -
  • newWhitman Announces 25th-Anniversary Update to the Cherrypickers’ Guide
    On September 29, Whitman Publishing will release the sixth edition of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins in honor of the series’ 25th anniversary. Series creators Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton have partnered with…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 15, 7:30pm -
  • newMonaco Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Sovereign’s Accession
    The Treasury of the Principality of Monaco has launched a new gold coin marking the tenth anniversary of the accession of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco on April 6, 2005. His father, the late Prince Rainier III, had passed away after a reign of almo…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 15, 2:26pm -
  • newPobjoy Mint Utilizes High Relief Technique for Mount Rushmore Silver Coin
    The Treasury of the British Virgin Islands has announced the issuance of a new collector coin paying tribute to one of the most unique national monuments in North America: Mount Rushmore. The extraordinary monument, located in the state of South Dako…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Jul 15, 3:00pm -
  • new$1.9 million Fraud Judgment Raises Compelling Hobby Issues
    PCA Collectibles, a New York company associated with the former PCI Coin Grading company, was found liable for nearly $1.9 million in damages based on the impression that coins sold to the plaintiffs were graded independently according to industry st…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jul 15, 1:19pm -

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 -

  • newBlue Ridge Parkway 5 Oz Ounce Bullion Coin Sells Out
    Sales of the investment-grade 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin ended today, July 29, when the "total sold" reached 45,000. This marks the highest level for a coin in the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
    - 56 mins ago, 30 Jul 15, 1:15am -
  • newGold Climbs After Fed Statement; US Mint Sales Gain
    Gold settled lower for a second session in a row on Wednesday, though the two days of losses total less than gains on Monday. Gold prices did move higher in later electronic trading.Gold for August...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Jul 15, 8:56pm -
  • newUS Mint Sales: 2015 $1 Coin Uncirculated Set Debuts
    The United States Mint introduced one collectible product last week, the 2015 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set with its eight dollars featuring Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F....[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
    - 8 hours ago, 29 Jul 15, 6:03pm -
  • new2015 JFK Coin & Chronicles Set Limited to 50,000
    New details have emerged for the 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set. The United States Mint on Tuesday sent media outlets a product description of the set which also revealed an increased...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
    - 11 hours ago, 29 Jul 15, 3:25pm -
  • new2015 American $1 Coin & Currency Set Product Information Revealed
    Collectors can look forward to another unique coin, and a more interesting dollar bill in this year's American $1 Coin & Currency Set, according to new product information from the United States...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 15, 11:47pm -
  • newGold Little Changed; US Mint Coin Sales Surge
    Precious metals futures mixed it up on Tuesday. Gold was near unchanged, falling slightly and not far from an almost 5-1/2-year low. Silver edged higher.Gold for August delivery dipped 20 cents to...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 15, 9:08pm -
  • newUS Mint Gold Coin Prices May Decline on Wed., July 29
    There's a chance on Wednesday, July 29, that the United States Mint will reduce prices on its line of collectible gold coins by as much as $50 for every ounce of gold they contain. The opening price...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 15, 3:37pm -
  • newGold Bounces; American Silver Eagles Jump 1.3M in Return
    Gold, silver and platinum bounced some on Monday from their sharp losses last week. Gold futures rebounded 1% after closing on Friday at an almost 5-1/2-year low.Gold for August delivery rose...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 9:03pm -
  • newGold Ends Week at 5-1/2-Year Low; US Mint Gold Sales Soar
    Gold futures on Friday declined for the eleventh time in twelve sessions, closing near a 5-1/2-year low and registering their fifth straight weekly loss.Gold for August delivery shed $8.60, or...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 15, 5:34pm -
  • new2016 $20 Universe Silver Coin First in Star Gazing Series
    Unique imagery merges with the world's first combination of color, glow paint and borosilicate fine art glass to create the 2016 $20 The Universe 1 oz Fine Silver Colored Coin.This coin is...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 15, 4:26pm -

Numismatic News

  • newGot your cash ready?
    Mass marketer or niche product producer, the Mint bounces back and forth between these two very different marketing approaches like a circus performer on a tightrope. Yesterday, from its mass marketing pole, the Mint set off and sold another 1,221,50…
    - 12 hours ago, 29 Jul 15, 2:03pm -
  • newWhen will Mint run out?
    Silver American Eagle one-ounce bullion coins were put back on sale by the U.S. Mint yesterday. The Mint had run out of the coins in early July. It took almost three weeks to build up a supply of 3 million … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 28 Jul 15, 2:47pm -
  • newSpecimen set leads ANA auction
    A complete denomination presentation set of small-size Federal currency specimens ($1-$10,000) consigned by the family of Assistant Treasury Secretary Henry Herrick Bond, who led the changeover from large-size to small-size U.S. paper money, is expec…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 9:16pm -
  • newRare Nevada notes in auction
    A large-size $10 from the McGill National Bank leads a group of 58 Nevada National Bank Notes that will be offered in a Holabird Western Americana Collections auction Sept. 11-13. The $10 note might be unique, Holabird said, and he … Continue readi…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 8:51pm -
  • newDix Noonan Webb sells Irish Rebellion gold
    One of the world’s rarest and most desirable gold coins is to be offered by Dix Noonan Webb as part of their Sept. 15-17 sale in London: an “Ormonde Money” pistole dating from 1646, KM-67. It is just one of … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 8:47pm -
  • newGreeks follow U.S. path
    While there may be some who have hopes that Greece’s debt problems may be resolved without a financial crisis, the long-term prospects are virtually nil. A review of U.S. monetary policy from 1944 to 1980 demonstrates just how difficult it … Cont…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 8:38pm -
  • newProtect their gold

    - 3 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 1:57pm -
  • newLetters to the Editor (08/11/2015)
    No living person should be on American coinage In one of the previous issues of Numismatic News, the question was raised about the Presidential dollar series continuing with still living Presidents of the United States.  I say no. It has … Continu…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 15, 7:11pm -
  • newAre people who still use coins costing taxpayers too much money?
    Editor Dave Harper wants to know: Are people who still use coins costing taxpayers too much money? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing Dave Harper here: … Continue readin…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 15, 2:56pm -
  • newSilver decline makes me think of quarters
    Is the sagging price of silver becoming a sore point for anyone? When I checked the Kitco website this morning, silver was trading for $14.46 a troy ounce. This is down from roughly $48 in April 2011. At today’s price, … Continue reading →
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 15, 1:50pm -

Mint News Blog

  • new2015 ATB Blue Ridge Parkway 5 Ounce Silver Coin Sells Out
    A press release from the U.S. Mint states that the 2015 America the Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway Five Ounce Silver Bullion coin is now sold out. This comes after the coin sold its entire 35,000 piece mintage on June 22, the day of its initial release…
    - 5 hours ago, 29 Jul 15, 9:26pm -
  • newRelease Dates Issued for 2015 American $1 Coin & Currency and JFK Coin & Chronicles Sets
    The U.S. Mint has announced dates for two upcoming releases that are likely to be greeted by high demand. The first will be the 2015 American $1 Coin and Currency Set, set to go on sale on August 24 at a cost of $14.95 per unit. The set includes one…
    - 10 hours ago, 29 Jul 15, 3:55pm -
  • newU.S. Mint Resumes American Eagle Silver Sales with 3 Million Ounce Inventory
    After running out of 2015 1 oz. American Eagle silver bullion coins on July 7, the U.S. Mint has resumed sales to authorized purchasers. Reuters notes that the mint’s current inventory includes three million ounces—a modest head-start on producti…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 15, 6:31pm -
  • newDesigns Revealed for 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Program
    The U.S. Mint has revealed the five reverse designs that will appear as part of the American the Beautiful Quarters Program in 2016. The quarters commemorate the designation of U.S. sites as National Parks, Monuments, or protected areas in the order…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Jul 15, 7:14pm -
  • new2015 American Silver Eagle Bullions Will Return July 27
    The United States Mint will resume sales of the 2015 American Silver Eagle bullion coin on July 27, according to Reuters. The coin sold nearly three million units on Jan. 12, the day of its release, a number that grew to 21,786,000 by the time sales…
    - 8 days ago, 21 Jul 15, 6:29pm -
  • Update: 2015 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin
    U.S. Mint Public Affairs Specialist Lateefah Simms has issued a statement saying that the 2015 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin, due for release at noon (EDT) on July 30, will have a mintage limit of 50,000 coins, with per-household sales rest…
    - 13 days ago, 16 Jul 15, 7:35pm -
  • 2015 US Mint Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set
    The U.S. Mint has announced that the 2015 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set will go on sale at noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 21, for $16.95. The set’s coins bear the portraits of four mid-century Presidents: Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eise…
    - 14 days ago, 15 Jul 15, 4:39pm -

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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