Sunday, February 14, 2010

Royal Canadian Mint Vancouver 2010 coins to be permanently displayed at Olympic Museum

VANCOUVER, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Royal Canadian Mint presented its Vancouver 2010 coin collection to the International Olympic Committee, to be permanently displayed at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. This ceremony, which has become an Olympic Games tradition, was held at the Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion and was attended by IOC President Jacques Rogge, IOC President for Life Juan Antonio Samaranch, John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), Minister of State for Transport, the Honourable Rob Merrifield and the Premier of British Columbia, the Honourable Gordon Campbell.

Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Ian E. Bennett and Minister Merrifield officially presented the following coins to Jacques Rogge . . .

Full story at: CNW Group

Friday, February 12, 2010

An Interview with the Smithsonian's Coin and Currency Curator Richard Doty

By Maribeth Keane and Ben Marks of The Collectors Weekly.

For 24 years, Richard Doty has been entrusted with the keys to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s legendary coin vault, which houses some of the most important coins in the world. Doty’s "America’s Money, America’s Story" is one of the most respected books on the subject of U.S. coins and currency, and his next book with Whitman Publishing, “Pictures From a Distant Country,” will focus on obsolete U.S. currency. You can see samples from the Smithsonian’s U.S. coins collection at their “Legendary Coins and Currency” microsite, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.

When I was 8 years old I had a friend named Jimmy Hood. His father was in the army, and he had been on the staff with General MacArthur when MacArthur was effectively the boss of Japan right after World War II. Jimmy had some Japanese and Chinese coins, so we swapped a few things, as kids will do. And at that point, in 1950, I just got hooked on coins. . . .

Full story at: The Collectors Weekly

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New 2010 Lincoln penny design unveiled in Springfield

Amid schoolchildren clamoring for free pennies, alongside a drummer and bugler dressed in Civil War uniforms (Union, naturally), among government officials praising the Great Emancipator were people like Jeffery Boggs of Springfield.

For Boggs, the unveiling of the new Lincoln penny at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on Thursday wasn’t so much about Abraham as Benjamins.

“I’ve made about $200,000 in profit,” said Boggs, who last year traveled to Indiana, Kentucky, Washington, D.C., and Springfield’s Old State Capitol for ceremonies unveiling commemorative pennies. “I still have 50,000 rolls—boxes and boxes.”

The new penny features a union shield on the . . .

Full story at: The State Journal-Register

Saturday, February 06, 2010

New 2010 Sacagawea Golden Dollar Released

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NEW YORK – More than 1,000 years ago, the Peacemaker brought the Great Law of Peace that is the foundation of U.S. democracy to the original five nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

This year the U.S. government has recognized the Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois) Confederacy’s gift of democracy with the issuance of the 2010 Native American $1 coin whose design is based on the theme “Government – the Great Tree of Peace.”

The U.S. Mint launched the coin at a special . . .

Full story at: Indian Country Today