Thursday, August 31, 2006


“Theodore Roosevelt” Enlivens Launch Ceremony

The North Dakota commemorative quarter-dollar coin was unveiled to the American public today featuring an image of bison grazing at sunset in the rugged North Dakota Badlands. The United States Mint launched the 39th quarter in its popular 50 State Quarters® Program at Civic Center.

United States Mint Announces American Eagle 20th Anniversary Sets (USMINT)

Three Sets Feature Silver, Gold Eagles in Uncirculated, Proof, Reverse Proof Finishes

The United States Mint today announced that three special sets celebrating the 20th anniversary of the American Eagle Coin Program will be available for sale on Wednesday, August 30, 2006, at 12:00 noon (ET).

Quarter Unveiling from a Collector`s View (NBC-KFYR)

Quarter Unveiling from a Collector`s View

It all started back in 1999, when the tail side of U.S. quarters began displaying state-inspired designs. Each state has been featured in the order it joined the Union, with five made each year. And today, we`re at number 39, North Dakota.

STATE QUARTERS: North Dakota is mint (Grand Forks Herald)

Peace garden state finally makes its mark in currency

Heralded by cowboy singers, Indian drummers, cheering schoolchildren and a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, North Dakota's state quarter earned rave reviews in its public debut.

Ableauctions to Host Goldberg Coins and Collectibles' ''Pre - Long Beach'' Auction on eBay Live Auctions (Business Wire) (AMEX:AAC - News) announced today that it will host Goldberg Coins and Collectibles "Pre - Long Beach Sale" on September 10th to September 13th, 2006 on eBay Live Auctions through its subsidiary This event will feature The Greenhill Collection, The Dr. Hesselgesser Collection, The Grosvenor Collection, The Emile A Tartakow Estate, and the Brooklyn Collection.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Ancient Coins Discovered in Iran (Iran News)

Parthian Ritons & Sassanid Coins Discovered in Damavand

Archeological excavations in Parthian-Sassanid cemetery of Damavand led to discovery of some unique historical artifacts including an amphora (a type of ceramic vase with two handles and a long neck narrower than the body), several ritons (goblets designed with the head of an animal on the bottom usually in the shape of a lion, horse, ibex, or winged lion which were used for drinking holy wine during the Parthian era), as well as a number of Sassanid coins engraved with the design of Khosrow Parviz.

Villager helps search for artifacts in sunken wreck (The Villages Daily Sun)

Villager Bob Petrucelli is at home 15 feet under the ocean’s surface. So at home, he says, he’s surprised he hasn’t sprouted gills during a lifetime of diving for buried artifacts.

. . . The team determined the artifacts originated in the 17th century “based on silver coins down there,” Petrucelli said. . . .

Director of U-S mint visits ND (KXMBTV)

The new North Dakota state quarter is officially unveiled to the American public tomorrow.

U.S. Mint to focus on 5 Hawaii quarter themes (Honolulu Star Bulletin)

Gov. Lingle will make the final decision early next year after reviewing the designs

Hawaii's commemorative quarter will feature either surfing, aloha spirit, Diamond Head, "island state" or "Hawaii -- diverse but unified."

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

New Zealand's Silver Coins Changed on July 31, 2006 (Resrv Bank of NZ)

(check out the Q&A tab at this site to learn how NZ dealt with an issue similar to that of our penny and nickel)

On 31 July 2006, smaller and lighter 10, 20, and 50 cent coins were introduced into circulation. The new coins have retained the same designs, but the new 10 cent coin is copper-coloured, and the 20 cent coin has a distinctive edging. The $1 and $2 coins are unchanged.

Medieval treasures unearthed in field (Lancashire News, UK)

TWO historical detectives from the Ribble Valley could have struck gold -- or at least silver - after finding a large haul of medieval coins.

Coin Group Losing Hundreds Of Thousands A Year (CBS4 Denver)

The American Numismatic Association, a nonprofit group that educates hobbyists about coin collecting and money, certainly knows how to lose it.

Americans Overwhelmingly Favor Keeping the Penny in Two Recent Polls: Costly Price Rounding a Concern if the Penny Were (US Newswire)

A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents shows strong backing for the one- cent coin or Lincoln penny by the American public. The vast majority of those surveyed (69 percent) favored keeping the penny in circulation.

'Shooter' unearths a rare colonial shilling (Bradenton Herald)

I've never met James Bailey but he sounds like a nice guy who's skillful, calculating and lucky. He's similar to those I've written about before who walk around outdoors wearing headphones carrying an electronic device that looks like a modified vacuum cleaner.

That's because in his spare time, Bailey is a "coin shooter" - someone who wanders through yards or fields with a metal detector searching for long-lost treasure.

Ditch the penny (Ozark County Times)

Giving money away for free is not behavior one expects from ordinary, rational Americans. But it's something they do every day in massive numbers -- that is if you consider the penny to be money.

Jefferson nickel saw only minor changes through the years -- until 2004 (The Columbus Dispatch)

Dear Mr. Stebinsky: What is the status of the new Jefferson nickel, with Jefferson looking forward and with his handwriting of the word Liberty?

Rare Coin Portfolios Outperforming Equities (PR Web via Yahoo! News)

For some investors that answer might include adding some highly liquid certified rare US coins to their investment portfolio. Why? Over the past 35 years investment grade rare US coins have enjoyed a 12.7% compounded annual rate of return. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Escala Group sells $17.6M in rare coin auction (Crain's New York Business)

Collectibles auctioneer Escala Group said Monday that it sold more than $17.6 million in rare coins during a three-day auction held at the World's Fair of Money.

Scholar: TR would have approved of coin design (Grand Forks Herald)

Theodore Roosevelt would have endorsed the design of North Dakota's new quarter, although he wouldn't have included the motto "In God We Trust," says a historian who will play Roosevelt at the coin's unveiling ceremony.

Coins likely not worth their weight in silver (Montgomery Advertiser)

We found a bag of about 100 old silver dollar coins in my late father-in-law's safe deposit box.

Bank issues Marley commemorative coins (Jordan Falls News)

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Bob Marley‘s records long ago went platinum. Now the Bank of Jamaica is releasing commemorative coins in gold and silver with the late reggae superstar‘s dreadlocked likeness.

Does It Still Make Sense To Keep Making Cents? (Hartford Courant)

Chronically underrated, snubbed time and again, it is one of America's most enduring underdogs. If there is any doubt of this, consider that its most recognizable defender is Kevin Federline, he of Mr. Spears fame.

"I feel good about the penny," was about all Britney's husband could offer the beleaguered coin during a recent Virgin Mobile press conference in Times Square - ostensibly for a Save the Penny campaign, but more accurately to pitch the wireless provider's one-cent text-messaging plan.,0,6814898.story?coll=hc-headlines-life

Dealers, collectors of all ages attend coin show (The Meridian Star)

Dealers, collectors of all ages attend coin show

After 42 years, the Meridian Coin Show is attracting younger crowds of dealers and collectors.

Treasure hunters scour Carson City Mint (Nevada Appeal)

Rare finds, cool collectibles sought at coin show

The luck went to the dogs Sunday afternoon, with a tea cup Yorkshire Terrier taking home the grand prize at the Carson City Mint Coin Show.