April 24, 2014

Open Cube Shaped Coin Honors Canonization of Pope John Paul II

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The Government & Treasury of Niue Island have launched a new concept in coinage never previously seen. The new coin, a creation in the shape of an open cube with images and artwork on each side, make this item unique among coins based on its design, shape, and production. The coin is designed by artisan […]

US Mint Sales Report: Proof Silver Eagles Top Seller

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The 2014 Proof American Silver Eagle was the top selling product in the latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report. Strong sales were also seen for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Clad Half Dollars, which represent the only option remaining available from the popular commemorative coin program. For the weekly period ending […]

CCAC Exit Interview with Michael Olson

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Michael Olson, one of the four members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) who is nominated from the leadership of Congress, attended his last meeting in March 2014, after 4-1/2 years of service. He was kind enough to answer a few questions about his time on the committee. How did you start coin collecting, […]

The Coinage of New Guinea

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In this first article of a series we will take a look at the coins of countries and territories that can be a great introduction to the collecting of world coinage. While many countries have issued coins for centuries and a complete collection is out of reach to even the most advanced collector, there were […]

Whose Terms Prevail in Online Coin Auctions?

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Readers of Coin Update News often bid on or order coins online, typically from portals like eBay, iCollector, Auction Zip or Proxibid. Sellers on eBay are more astute when it comes terms of service, primarily because they want good feedback on their sales. Not so with auctioneers who sell coin estates, often through Proxibid, which […]

US Mint Sales Report: Strong Debut for Great Smoky Mountains 5 oz Silver Coins

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The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the opening figures for a number of recently released products. This includes the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Dollars, 2014-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle, and the 2014-P Great Smoky Mountains National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins, which saw an extremely strong debut. The US Mint began […]

US Mint Shares Stakeholder Feedback on Possible Circulating Coin Changes

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The United States Mint recently shared a summary of the feedback received at a coin industry stakeholder meeting held on March 13, 2014. The invitation only meeting was held for the purpose of seeking direct, first hand input on the impacts of alternative metal compositions for circulating coinage from interested members of of businesses, industries, […]

CFA Recommendations for First Special Service Force Congressional Gold Medal

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The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) recently reviewed design candidates prepared by the United States Mint for the First Special Service Force Congressional Gold Medal. The group offered their recommendations for the obverse and reverse designs to appear on the medal. The First Special Service Force, also known as the “Devil’s Brigade” was an elite […]

2014-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle on Sale

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The United States Mint has opened sales for the 2014-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle. This represents a collectible uncirculated version of the popular silver bullion coin. The obverse design of the American Silver Eagle features the classic “Walking Liberty” design created by Adolph A. Weinman and used for the circulating half dollar from 1916 to […]

US Mint Sales Report: 2014 Baseball Silver Dollars at 97.7% of Maximum

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The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the debut figures for two new sets of products. Updated sales figures are also available for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins, which place the silver dollars extremely close to a sell out. Last week, the US Mint began accepting orders […]