Wednesday, December 28, 2011

U.S. Mint Says It Has Enough Gold and Silver American Eagle Coins

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States Mint said on Wednesday it has enough American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins to meet demand and does not expect to allocate them in early 2012.

Sales of the U.S. gold and silver bullion coins have slowed in the fourth quarter as precious metals prices retreated from . . .

Read more at: Yahoo News

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Treasure Hunter Loses Battle to Change Shipwreck Rules

WASHINGTON — While Congress and the White House publicly battled over detainee policy in a new defense bill, a far more obscure fight erupted behind the scenes involving treasure hunters, doubloons and shipwrecks.

A small tweak in the House version of the defense bill — just two words and two commas — could have made it easier for Tampa-based treasure hunting firm Odyssey Marine Exploration to take custody of a $500 million trove of Spanish coins from an Atlantic shipwreck, which is believed to be the richest . . .

Read more at: Tampa Bay Times

Janitor Finds 200 Year Old Treasure Hidden in Library

A library janitor made a historic discovery after unearthing a collection of Ancient Roman coins which could be worth 'millions'.

Custodian Tanja Hols discovered the unopened wooden box in an archive of the historic state library in Passau, southeast Germany, but thought it looked 'fairly unspectacular' in first glance.

But on closer inspection she found the 'unassuming' box contained 172 well-preserved gold and silver coins dating back thousands of . . .

Read more at: The Daily Mail

Interpol Alerts U.S. Coin Dealers Over Illegal Ancient Coin Sales

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Specialist dealers and collectors are being warned about the illegal sale of the so-called ‘Lava Treasure’ of ancient Roman gold coins and plates after a number of items were recovered from the open market.

INTERPOL and French police are working to recover the ancient coins.

The rare collection, which dates back to . . .

Read more at: newdesignworld.com

Ancient Coin Reveals Unknown Viking King

A British man rewrote medieval history on his lunch break when he unearthed evidence of a previously-unknown Viking king.

Darren Webster, a metal detector enthusiast, stopped by a field near Canforth, northern England, to practice his hobby and uncovered a hoard of silver Viking treasure buried three feet (0.9 meters) below the earth, The (London) Times reported Thursday.

"My machine was telling me that I'd found some kind of silver . . .

Read more at: Fox News

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bill Requires American Steel in both Penny and Nickel

H.R.3693 to require American steel in both the Lincoln cent and the Jefferson nickel

WASHINGTON – Rep. Steve Stivers says it costs 9.22 cents to make a nickel and 1.79 cents to make a penny — and he introduced a bill last week to change that.

Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, joined with Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Niles and Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Twp., to back a measure to lower the cost of producing pennies and nickels and to ensure they are minted with steel instead of minerals imported from outside the United States.

Currently, pennies are made of . . .

Read more at: Dayton Daily News

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hamas to Use Plastic Coins in Gaza to Combat Shortage

GAZA, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Gaza university student Mohamed Abu Suleiman had this week a tough argument over the change with a taxicab who took him from Tufah neighborhood in eastern Gaza city up to al-Azhar university in the west.

The driver insisted on giving Abu Suleiman a piece of biscuit instead of half an Israeli Shekel (about 0.13 U.S. dollars) because he did not have enough change, after the student paid him two Shekels (0.52 dollars).

"If I accepted the . . .

Read more at: Xinhua News

Friday, December 16, 2011

Museum to Auction Rare 15th Century Spanish Coins

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Rare Spanish coins dating back to the ancient world will be going on the auction block.

Sotheby's announced Thursday that it is selling 37,895 of the rare coins on behalf of the New York City-based Hispanic Society of America. The society's founder amassed the collection more than 100 years ago.

The Hispanic Society of America, founded in 1904, is a museum of . . .

Read more at: Fox News

Why Presidential Dollar Coins Haven't Caught On

Uncle Sam stopped the mass production of $1 Presidential coins this week because most people don't like to use them. Why is that?

There's sad news for those who enjoy the heft of $1 coins in their pocket.

Because there are so few of you, the government this week abruptly halted the mass production of $1 Presidential coins, right after . . .

Read more at: MSN Money

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 Star Spangled Banner Commemorative Gold and Silver Coin Designs Revealed

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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint announced the designs for the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins, scheduled for release in 2012.

The Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act (Act) (Public Law 111-232) authorizes the bureau to mint and issue up to 100,000 gold $5 coins and 500,000 silver $1 coins to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of our national anthem.

The coins will be available in proof and uncirculated qualities. The Act requires that the coins' designs be emblematic of the War of 1812, particularly the Battle of Baltimore that formed the . . .

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Holy Grail of Gold Coins Sells for $7.4M

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(AP) NEW ORLEANS - An exceedingly rare 1787 gold Brasher doubloon has been sold for $7.4 million, one of the highest prices ever paid for a gold coin.

Blanchard and Co., the New Orleans-based coin and precious metals company that brokered the deal, told The Associated Press the doubloon was purchased by a . . .

Read more at: CBS News

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

U.S. Mint Says Goodbye to Presidential Dollar Coins

Have you ever seen a $1 presidential coin? Neither have we.

Except that one time when we received seven of them in change from a MetroCard machine in the New York City subway system and, perplexed as to where to fit such weighty coins in our dainty-sized wallet, we relegated them to the bottom of our junk drawer.

And perhaps for that very reason, Vice President Joseph Biden announced Tuesday that the U.S. Mint would halt the production of those pesky $1 coins for circulation, because they’re not exactly . . .

Read more at: msnbc

Monday, December 12, 2011

2012 America the Beautiful National Park Quarter Dollar Coin Designs Released

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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint announced the new designs that will appear on the reverses (tails sides) of the 2012-dated coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

The national sites to be honored next year are El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska . . .

Read more at: usmint.gov

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Marks 60th Anniversary of Reign

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Ottawa, Ontario, December 6, 2011 – The Royal Canadian Mint was honoured to host His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada to strike a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne in 1952.

A total of 60,000 of these medals, which will serve to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians as they are awarded throughout 2012, are being proudly handcrafted by the Royal Canadian Mint, at its Ottawa facility.

"For over 70 years, the handcrafting of medals has been . . .

Read more at: Royal Canadian Mint

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

New Circulating Coin Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Charles Dicken's Birth

The Royal Mint is commemorating the 200th birthday of literary giant Charles Dickens with the release of a £2 coin featuring a profile of the author created from titles of some of his most famous works.

Artist Matthew Dent has arranged well known titles from Dickens’ novels to create a unique portrait of the author, literally in his own words.

From his Sketches by Boz, to his last and unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the coin is a uniquely styled bibliography of Dickens’ literary masterpieces, referencing much loved classics including David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.

On the edge of the coin is an inscription which features . . .

Read more at: The Royal Mint

Can Superman Really Predict Rare Coin Prices?

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Last week a copy reputed to be the finest of Superman #1 sold for a remarkable $2,160,000.00!

Keep in mind, this is a regular for circulation to the masses comic book-NOT the original art work.

For the life of us, even though we have friends who are the top collectors and dealers of comic books, we could never understand how they justify . . .

Read more at: Legend Numismatics

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Company Finds 5-ton Stash of Eisenhower Dollars Valued at over $1 Million

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire-based coin dealer has acquired a 5-ton stash of more than 220,000 rare Eisenhower $1 coins that were tucked away in a Montana bank vault for more than 30 years.

Littleton Coin Company has not disclosed the price, but it said Monday that the coins, most in sealed canvas bags from the U.S. Mint in Denver, are worth well over  . . .

Read more at: The Washington Post

Kiwi Collectors Coins Bring Back Kōwhai after 22 Years

New Zealand Post has begun a new chapter in its highly successful series of collectors coins featuring our national symbol – the kiwi – lovingly pictured in pure gold and pure silver.

"We expect a warm reception for these coins based on their intrinsic beauty and on the popularity of the ‘Icons of New Zealand’ coin series we issued between 2008 and 2010,” Simon Allison, the Sales and Marketing Manager of New Zealand Post’s coins business says.

“The earlier icons series featured a kiwi alongside (respectively) a map of New Zealand (2009), the Southern Cross (2010) and the silver fern (2011).

Those coins made their way to collections all around the world - with the ‘map’ coin selling out completely and only small quantities of the others available on . . .

Read more at: New Zealand Post

Japan Offers $1000 Gold Coins to Bond Buyers

Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi will be rewarding investors who buy more than 10 million yen ($129,000) in reconstruction bonds with gold in the government’s latest attempt to bolster demand for the debt.

Individual investors who hold the bonds for three years will be eligible for a gold commemorative coin valued at 10,000 yen, the Finance Ministry said in Tokyo today. At 15.6 grams, (0.55 ounces), it would be worth about $948 based on prices for the precious metal.

Only a limited number of coins will be . . .

Read more at: Bloomberg News

Friday, December 02, 2011

New Zealand Coin Worth $80,000

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Sick of carrying around small change? A Czechoslovakian mint has come up with the answer – a New Zealand dollar-denominated gold coin worth about $80,000.

The 8.5-centimetre-diameter investment coin contains a kilogram of gold and is legal tender for $10,000.

A limited minting of 150 of the coins will be . . .

Read more at: stuff.co.nz

Rare Silver Coin Find Rewrites Viking History

A CHANCE discovery on Furness soil by an amateur metal detectorist is set to re-write the history books, say experts.

Viking history is being turned on its head by the find of 92 rare silver coins and assorted artefacts dating to around 955 AD, indisputably linking the area with Norse.

The find dates from a time when England was . . .

Read more at: The Westmoreland Gazette

Seal at Zoo Apparently was a Coin Collector

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This sea-lion might have a promising career as a treasure hunter.

Eight-year-old Tasko swallowed a number of coins after they had been thrown into his pool at Adelaide Zoo. Unfortunately for the greedy sealion, his coin eating caused him to become lethargic and underweight.

Zookeepers could not see what was wrong with Tasko. But an endoscopy in June this year revealed there were seven Australian coins in his stomach worth . . .

Read more at: The Daily Mail

Thursday, December 01, 2011

U.S. Treasure Hunters Lose Another Round to Spain over $500 Million Shipwreck Treasure

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's finding that a U.S. treasure-hunting firm must hand over to Spain $500 million in gold and silver coins salvaged from the bottom of the Atlantic in May 2007.

"Now the only thing left for them is to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, though if they're realists they should see they're defeated," the attorney representing Spain in the . . .

Read more at: Fox News Latino

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gold Buyers Guide: How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off

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I've always advocated that investors hold at least 5-10% of their portfolios in physical precious metals.

With major Western nations now defaulting on their debts, more and more investors have decided it's time to take my advice and own an asset that doesn't depend on the solvency of an ETF, bank, or government.

Unfortunately, with all these news buyers in the gold market, there is ample opportunity for dishonest firms with big advertising budgets and celebrity endorsements to make a quick buck.

If you are thinking of buying gold or silver for . . .

Read more at: GoldSeek.com

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Coin Discovery May Change History on who Built Jerusalem's Western Wall

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Two ancient bronze coins stamped 20 years after Herod's death found beneath Western Wall foundation.

Newly found coins underneath Jerusalem's Western Wall could change the accepted belief about the construction of one of the world's most sacred sites two millennia ago, Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday.

The man usually credited with building the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary is Herod, a Jewish ruler who died in . . .

Read more at: msnbc

2012 Sacagawea Dollar Coin Reverse Image Released by U.S. Mint

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The United States Mint announced the new reverse (tails side) design that Americans will see on the 2012 Native American $1 Coin. The theme for the design is "Trade Routes in the 17th Century."

In keeping with the coin's theme, the 2012 reverse design features a Native American and horse in profile, with horses running in the background, representing the historical spread of the horse. The design includes the . . .

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Congressional Gold Medal Presented to Astronauts

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WASHINGTON - The New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal was presented to astronauts John Herschel Glenn, Jr.; Neil A. Armstrong; Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.; and Michael Collins during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

The medal, designed and struck by the United States Mint, is in recognition of these astronauts' significant contributions to our Nation.

John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962, helping pave the way for the first lunar landing. As mission commander for Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first astronaut to . . .

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Trashman Discovers Hoard of Roman Coins

A huge stash of Roman silver coins unearthed in a Midland field has been declared treasure, worth tens of thousands of pounds.

Worcestershire deputy coroner Margarite Elcock ruled on Wednesday that the Bredon Hill Hoard should be “seized on behalf of the Queen as treasure”.

The coins, which are now bronze having been “debased to less than one per cent silver,” date to 244-282AD – a period in Roman history known as . . .

Read more at: Birmingham Post

U.S. Mint Issues James Garfield Presidential Dollar Coin

MENTOR, Ohio - Admirers of former U.S. President James Garfield gathered today for the United States Mint's official launch of the Presidential $1 Coin struck in his honor.

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The ceremony was held at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site - location of the 20th President's family home - two days prior to the 180th anniversary of Garfield's birth.

"The Presidential $1 Coin series connects Americans to inspiring life stories like President Garfield's," said United States Mint Acting Associate Director for Manufacturing Marc Landry.

"He was the last President born in a log cabin, fatherless by the age of two, drove canal boat teams to earn money for . . .

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Monday, November 14, 2011

U.S. Mint to Release Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter Dollar

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Officials from the United States Mint, the National Park Service and the Oklahoma state legislature - along with scores of local schoolchildren - will celebrate the release of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter on November 16, 2011.

The ceremony will take place 11:00 a.m. Central Time (CT), in Flower Park on the grounds of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Highlights of the free event will include a coin exchange where the public can swap their cash for $10 coin rolls containing the new Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter. . . .

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James Garfield Presidential Dollar Coin to be Launched 2 Days Before Birthdate

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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will introduce the new Presidential $1 Coin honoring James A. Garfield, our Nation's 20th President, on November 17-- two days before the 180th anniversary of his birth.

The public event will take place at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio, at 10 a.m. Eastern time (ET). Following the ceremony, the public can exchange their . . .

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Silver Bullion Coins to Feature Spongebob Squarepants Characters

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PFG Precious Metals, a division of PFGBEST, has partnered with New Zealand Mint to manufacture, produce and distribute a limited edition four-coin set featuring characters from Nickelodeon’s global pop culture phenomenon SpongeBob SquarePants.

“With SpongeBob having such a huge fan base, we believe the issue will be a global bestseller. To marry a premium bullion coin with a fun and exciting brand such as Nickelodeon is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for New Zealand Mint.”

The world’s most famous . . .

Read more at: Business Wire

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

U.S. Mint's Top Gold Supplier Started as Mom and Pop Coin Shop

In 1973, Louis Oliari opened Coins ’N Things, a small storefront between a Dairy Queen and a hair salon in Brockton, Mass.

His teenage son Mark had become obsessed with coin trading, and Louis, an engineer and a coin enthusiast himself, figured if he indulged the kid he’d eventually outgrow the hobby and go to college. “The whole idea was that I’d get bored and get this out of my system,” Mark, now 54, remembers.

Today, Coins ’N Things is the largest seller of raw gold to the . . .

Read more at: Business Week

U.S. Mint to Issue Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Gold and Silver Coins

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The baseball hall of fame will celebrates it’s 75th anniversary in 2014 and in celebration of that monumental occasion the U.S. Mint has been authorized to create commemorative coins.

The Secretary of the Treasury this week provided the mint with permission to issue no more than 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins and 750,000 half dollar coins for a one year period starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

The bill to mint the coins must still pass . . .

Read more at: The Inquisitr

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Seeking Lost Treasure After 94 Years

It’s been nearly 100 years since a jewel case containing family and imperial jewelry crashed through the ice to the bottom of Lake Baikal. The last hands it touched before disappearing into the watery depths were those of a Russian woman who was fleeing the country to save her life.

The year was 1917. The Bolsheviks had seized power, and White Russians were forced to move out of their homes or face execution.

Vadim and Zinaida Smit had no hope of . . .

Read more at: The Moscow Times

Charges for Glenn Beck-backed Gold Firm

Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against precious metal dealer Goldline International - endorsed by conservative celebrities Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin - accusing the company of defrauding customers and tricking them into buying coins under false pretenses.

The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office this week filed a 19-charge criminal complaint against Goldline, a California-based retailer, alleging the company runs a “bait and switch operation” and suckers customers seeking to invest in gold bullion to instead buy . . .

Read more at: Politico

Friday, November 04, 2011

Jar Filled with $20 Double Eagle Gold Coins and Buried in London During WWII to be Sold

American gold coins discovered in the garden of a London home where they were buried in fear of a Nazi invasion are expected to sell for a total of around £80,000 in a sale to be conducted by specialist London auctioneers Morton & Eden.

The sale, in association with Sotheby's, will be held on November 29-30.

The Hackney hoard of $20 Double Eagle coins first hit the headlines when a resident and his friends uncovered them while digging out a pond in his front garden. The 80 glistening coins, wrapped in . . .

Read more at: News-Antique.com

Congressional Gold Medal Presented to Nisei Soldiers of World War II

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WASHINGTON - The Congressional Gold Medal was presented collectively to the U.S. Army's 100th Infantry Battalion (INF BN), the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) - also known as Nisei Soldiers of World War II - during a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall.

The medal, designed and struck by the United States Mint, is in recognition of the Nisei Soldiers' dedicated service during World War II.

The medal's obverse (heads side) was designed by . . .

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Canada's New 2 Dollar Boreal Forest Coin

Ottawa, Ontario, November 1, 2011 – The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to inform Canadians they can soon start collecting a new 2011 two-dollar circulation coin honouring Canada's boreal forest.

This coin which has now entered circulation was preceded by a one-dollar circulation coin dedicated to the centennial of Parks Canada in October 2011 and will be followed in early 2012 by a trio of 25-cent coins featuring the Orca, Wood Bison and Peregrine Falcon.

All five of these special circulation coins are inspired by the . . .

Read more at: The Royal Canadian Mint

Silver Coin Commemorates Highway of Heroes

TRENTON, ONTARIO – October 31, 2011 – Today in Trenton, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a silver coin to commemorate the Highway of Heroes. 

During the ceremony, the Mint also announced that $20 dollars from the sale of each Highway of Heroes commemorative coin will be shared between the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial and the Military Families Fund.

"This silver coin commemorates the . . .

Read more at: The Royal Canadian Mint

A Novel New Way to Invest in Gold by the Royal Canadian Mint

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OTTAWA, Ontario - October 28, 2011 –The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to announce its initial public offering of Exchange Traded Receipts (ETRs) under the Mint's new Canadian Gold Reserves program.

Each ETR provides evidence of ownership in physical gold bullion held in the custody of the Mint at its facilities in Ottawa, Ontario. The Canadian Gold Reserves program marks the expansion of the Mint's successful core bullion and refinery business.

"We believe that this new program will build on our reputation and continued success as a world-class custodian of precious metals," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "With the introduction of the Canadian Gold Reserves ETR program we hope that investors will see this as a convenient, efficient and secure method for investing in and owning physical gold."

Unlike other gold investment products, the purchaser of an ETR owns the actual gold rather than a . . .

Read more at: Royal Canadian Mint

The Rush is on to Sell Gold

It’s the new gold rush.

With gold trading just over $1,700 (U.S.) an ounce, people are naturally trying to figure out a way to reach eager investors.

There are the traditional ways, including buying certificates from financial institutions, but as demand grows, so do the new methods.

The Royal Canadian Mint announced plans this week to sell gold in $20 chunks, through exchange-traded receipts, where people can own a tiny speck of the precious metal that will be held in the . . .

Read more at: The Toronto Star

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

2012 U.S. Infantry Soldier Commemorative Silver Dollar Design Unveiled

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Officials from the United States Mint and National Infantry Foundation, joined by Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients, unveiled designs for the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar at Fort Benning's historic Doughboy Stadium.

"The United States Mint wanted infantry soldiers and their families to be the first people in the nation to see the designs of this new U.S. commemorative silver dollar being created in their honor," said B. B. Craig, Associate Director of Sales and Marketing for the bureau.

"So we have come here tonight, joined by these distinguished guests, to unveil the coin designs of the 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar for . . .

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300 Year Old Chinese Coin Found in Canada's Yukon

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A 340-year-old coin from China has been unearthed by archeologists near a planned Yukon gold mine, shedding fresh light on historic trade links between 17th-century Chinese merchants, Russian fur traders and first nations in the northwest corner of North America.

The coin is etched with traditional Chinese characters indicating it was minted during the Qing Dynasty reign of Emperor Kangxi, who ruled China from 1662 to 1722. But other information stamped on the money piece . . .

Read more at: Vancouver Sun

'Treasure of Benghazi' Stolen in One of the Biggest Heists in Archaeological History

A priceless collection of 7,700 gold, silver and bronze coins from ancient times -- known as the Treasure of Benghazi -- was stolen when a gang drilled through the concrete ceiling of an underground vault in the Libyan city earlier this year.

An expert described it last week as "one of the greatest thefts in archaeological history," with many of the items dating from the time of Alexander the Great.

It is impossible to give a value for the hoard but a single ancient Greek coin from Carthage was sold this month for . . .

Read more at: Fox News

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Viking Hoard of Coins and Jewelry

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An amateur treasure hunter has discovered a "nationally significant" Viking hoard including hundreds of pieces of silver jewellery and coins.

Darren Webster unearthed "the find of a lifetime" when his metal detector picked up a signal at an undisclosed location on the border of Cumbria with north Lancashire.

He could barely believe it when he dug up a casket containing 200 pieces of silver jewellery, coins, hacksilver and . . .

Read more at: The Telegraph

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Perth Mint Unveils World's Largest Gold Coin

PERTH, Australia, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The biggest, heaviest, inherently the most valuable gold bullion coin in the world has been unveiled by The Perth Mint.

Weighing one tonne of 99.99% pure gold, the monumental coin measures nearly 80cms wide and more than 12cms deep.

The coin is the pinnacle of . . .

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rare 1795 Gold Eagle Stolen from Post Office Registered Mail

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A registered-mail package containing a 1795 gold eagle coin remains missing after disappearing en route to a Western Springs address.

An extraordinarily rare coin more than two centuries old that was sold for $379,500 in a May auction has been missing since passing through the Western Springs U.S. Post Office five months ago. Efforts to locate the coin have so far been fruitless.

The 1795 $10 gold eagle was purchased from . . .

Read more at Western Springs Patch

U.S. Mint Releases Glacier National Park 5 ounce Silver Coin

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will open sales for the 2011 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin - Glacier National Park (Montana) on October 25, 2011, at noon Eastern Time (ET).

Orders will be limited to five coins per household for the first week of sales. At the end of one week, the United States Mint will re-evaluate this limit and either extend, adjust or remove it. The maximum mintage is limited to 35,000 units.

Currently, pricing for the 2011 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin - Glacier National Park is set at . . .

Read more at: usmint.gov

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Parks Canada Loonie Dollar Coin Enters Circulation

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The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to cap off the celebration of Parks Canada's centennial year by unveiling five new commemorative circulation coins which immortalize Canadians' pride in their legendary natural heritage and capture their trademark passion for the great outdoors.

The commemorative circulation coins unveiled by Canadian government officials and representatives of Parks Canada and the Mint, at a public ceremony hosted at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec include:  . . .

Read more at: The Royal Canadian Mint

Large Roman Coin Hoard Unveiled

Local metal detector enthusiasts Jethro Carpenter, 43, and Mark Gilmore, 47, discovered more than 3,800 coins in a clay pot at Bredon Hill, near Evesham.

The Roman haul - the county's largest ever - is mainly bronze coins dating back to the 3rd Century.

Featuring 16 different emperors, many will be shown at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum from Saturday. The coins are currently being valued by the British Museum.

Mr Carpenter said: "As a child you watch pirate films and dream of finding buried treasure. On the day of the discovery my detector was . . .

Read more at: BBC News