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Brief History of the National Numismatic Collection

My first encounter with the Smithsonian collection of numismatics occurred nearly three decades ago. While in the Washington D.C. area I planned a visit to the Smithsonian Museum of American History to see what coins they might have on exhibit.   My interest in rare coins was still fresh and very impressionable.   I can still remember the sense of awe when viewing the nearly 3,000 square feet of … [Read More...]

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2015 United States Mint Proof Set Available

Today, March 24, 2015, the United States Mint started accepting orders for the 2015 Proof Set. The product features 14 different proof quality coins struck at the San Francisco Mint in their standard compositions. This year’s set features the sixth annual release of five coins from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The reverse designs […]


Isle of Man Issues Penny Black 175th Anniversary Coins

The Treasury of the Isle of Man Government have announced the issue of special anniversary coins to mark both their win in 1990 of the Coin of the Year Award as well as the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black stamp, which the original coin commemorated in 1990 when it was 150 years old. It […]

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Künker March Sale Reaches Total Hammer Price of 9.6 Million Euros

9-13 March 2015 Fritz Rudolf Künker, Osnabrück Auction 259-262 Künker’s March sale reached a total hammer price of 9.6 million euros, exceeding the estimate by about 50%. It goes without saying that this was due to some extraordinary results, including 180,000 euros for a Siculo-Punic tetradrachm. From the first day to the last, the March […]


New Coins Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence

The Bank of Lithuania have issued two new coins which for many Lithuanians, is a very special anniversary in their history as a country overall, that of the celebration of the 25th year of the restoration of its independence from Soviet rule. This restoration anniversary is recognized as a very separate occasion from Lithuania’s initial […]


US Mint Offers 2015 Native American Dollars

The United States Mint has started accepting orders for circulating quality examples of the 2015 Native American Dollars in rolls, bags, and boxes. This represents the seventh release within the ongoing $1 coin series created to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Native Americans. The reverse design of the 2015 Native American Dollar commemorates the […]


Gold and Silver Coins Issued for FIFA Women’s World Cup Tournament

The Royal Canadian Mint have announced that a series of ten coins will be issued in honor of the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament which is to be hosted this year in Canada. From June 6th to July 5th 2015, Canadians will have the world’s best female soccer teams playing right in their own backyards […]


US Mint Sales Report: 2015 Proof American Gold Eagles Debut

The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the debut numbers for the 2015 Proof American Gold Eagles, 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Commemorative Coins, and the 2015 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set. The First Spouse Gold Coins also saw a sales boost. The US Mint opened sales for the 2015 […]


Next Generation United Kingdom One Pound Coin Revealed

The Finance Minister of the United Kingdom, Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled (17th March) the design for the country’s next generation one pound coin ahead of his budget which he plans to announce to Parliament. It was announced last year that the coin, in circulation since 1983 had been compromised over the years with countless […]

2014 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

Sales Open for 2014 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

The United States Mint has opened sales for the 2014 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set. The annual set brings together 90% silver proof coins and the popular Proof American Silver Eagle within a specially packaged set. The release of the product which features 2014-dated coins was delayed due to packaging improvements the Mint implemented based […]