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1936 Lynchburg, Virginia Sesquicentennial Half Dollar

In 1936 Lynchburg, Virginia celebrated the 150th anniversary of receiving a city charter, with festivities held in the fall of that year. Part of the celebrations included the issuance of a commemorative half dollar, something quite commonplace in this year, even if the subject commemorated was of mostly local interest. In this, the Lynchburg, Virginia Sesquicentennial Commemorative Half Dollar is … [Read More...]

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Rarities from the Pogue Collection on Display at Long Beach Expo

Three numismatic national treasures from the eagerly-anticipated D. Brent Pogue Family Collection will make their West Coast debut at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo held from January 29 – 31, 2015. The historic coins include the 1822 and 1854-S Half Eagles and the Dexter 1804 Silver Dollar. The three coins […]

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Numismatic Curiosities, Part 3

This week, I continue with “numismatic curiosities,” some well known and some obscure. • The 75th anniversary of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg was really celebrated in 1938, but in an attempt to cash in on the 1936 commemorative coin boom, the issuers jumped the gun and dated the coins 1936. • In the summer […]

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Three Coins Honor Famed Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius

The Mint of Finland have announced the issue of three new coins which mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) the famed composer whose remarkable oeuvre and influence on the Finnish national character and Finnish classical music is considered invaluable to the nation’s consciousness. The Sibelius collector coin touches every Finn […]

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Resumption of Royal Mint Refinery Branded Bullion Products Announced

The Royal Mint have announced that after an absence of 47 years from the bullion bar & ingot product field, they will resume production of these items with the exclusive RMR or Royal Mint Refinery brand proudly displayed. The Royal Mint Refinery brand originally dates back to 1852 and was operated for more than 100 […]

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US Mint Sales Report: 2015 Special Occasion Sets Debut

The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the debut figures for the two recently released 2015-dated special occasion sets. The 2015 Proof Silver Eagle made a stronger showing in its third appearance within the weekly reports. On January 13, 2015, the US Mint began accepting orders for the 2015 Birth Set […]

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Reintroduced Bill Seeks To Terminate Presidential Dollar Program

On January 7, 2015, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana introduced a bill in the Senate which seeks to terminate the Presidential Dollar Program. Sen. Vitter has previously introduced identical bills in 2011 and 2013, which had gained little traction. Back in 2011, the Presidential Dollar Program had come under scrutiny due to the build up […]

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Spain: 2015 Europa Series Coins Mark 70 Years of Peace

The Casa Real de Espana in conjunction with the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre have announced their first collector’s coins for 2015 which highlight one of Europe’s most important anniversaries this year, that of the 70th anniversary of continued peace between nations since the end of the Second World War. Despite the differences between […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal

The United States Mint is currently offering 1.5-inch and 3-inch bronze medals honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. These medals represent duplicate versions of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously in recognition of their contributions to the Nation on behalf of the civil rights movement. The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded […]

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New Coins Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag

The Royal Canadian Mint have launched three new coins which celebrate and pays tribute to one of this North American country’s most treasured symbols of nationhood, that of the Canadian Flag. For many, no other symbol is as synonymous with Canada as its distinctive red-and-white flag. As the National Flag of Canada celebrates its 50th […]

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Latest Irish Science and Inventions Coin Honors Ernest Walton

The Central Bank of Ireland have launched their latest silver crown coin which further highlights contributions of Irish scientists and inventors. The new coin honors the work of Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton (1903 – 1995), the only Irish person to win a Nobel Prize in Physics. His achievement in artificially splitting the atomic nucleus was […]