July 24, 2014

50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Two Coin Clad Set

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The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set. The two coin set includes copper-nickel clad coins carrying the original Kennedy portrait design from the start of the series in 1964. Shortly following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, legislation was introduced […]

Royal Generations Coins for Prince George’s First Birthday

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The Royal Canadian mint have launched two coins which celebrate the first birthday of the British (and Canadian) Royal family’s youngest Prince & heir to the throne, that of HRH Prince George of Cambridge – born one year ago on July 22, 2013. The little Prince, who is the son of HRH Prince William – […]

US Mint Sales Report: Grace Coolidge First Spouse Coins Debut

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The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the debut numbers for the 2014 Grace Coolidge First Spouse Gold Coins. An updated sales figure is available for the 2013 Proof Set, following the sell out last week. On July 17, 2014 the US Mint began accepting orders for the Grace Coolidge First […]

CCAC Discusses Potential 2015 Ultra High Relief Gold Coin

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During a teleconference meeting held on July 22nd, 2014, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) discussed the potential concept of a 2015 Ultra High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal. In attendance were Chairman Gary Marks, Dr. Michael Bugeja, Robert Hoge, Erik Jansen, Mary Lannin, Mike Moran, Donald Scarinci, Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, Thomas Uram, and Heidi […]

Lithuania to Join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015

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The European Central Bank and the Bank of Lithuania – Lietuvos Bankas have announced that Lithuania, the last of the three Baltic States to join the Eurozone, will do so from the 1st January 2015. The EU Council formally approved the accession of Lithuania to the euro area on 1 January 2015 and determined the […]

100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal Featured on New Coin

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The Government & Treasury of Niue have launched a new coin which marks the centennial of what is considered one of the greatest modern wonders of the world – that of the Panama Canal. When it became functional, the Panama Canal shortcut greatly reduced the time for ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific […]

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum Numismatic Collection

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Last year’s spectacular opening of this much-admired institution was further publicized internationally when the outgoing Queen hosted her last formal function, a state dinner on the eve of her official hand-over to the new King, which was attended by foreign royalty, dignitaries and VIP’s from all over the country itself. As the Netherlands marked the […]

The Life and Work of Laura Gardin Fraser

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One of the most prolific female sculptors of the early 20th century, Laura Gardin Fraser is known in both the art and the numismatic worlds. Besides numerous medals she is probably best remembered for her designs of several classic commemoratives, some of which were designed together with her husband, James Earle Fraser, whose life we […]

European Union Counterfeit Euro Banknote Statistics Released

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The European Central Bank have released their latest statistics on the detection of forged or counterfeit EURO banknotes which shows a slight increase from this time last year, but also a slight decrease from the second half of 2013. The total number of banknotes detected was reported at 331,000 representing value of almost 15 million […]

New Book Offers Advice for Online Coin Auctions

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Numismatic writer Michael Bugeja has assembled a new, updated work–Online Coin Auctioneering–intended for estate auctioneers considering or already selling on a portal such as AuctionZip, iCollector or Proxibid. The advice in this new work also pertains to eBay and coin dealer auctions. Bugeja writes that all online coin auctions, from the largest to the littlest, […]