Monday, December 31, 2012

British Businessman Unearths Roman Coins Dating to 235AD

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A treasure trove of silver Roman coins has been discovered lying buried in a field at St Blazey.

Forty-five coins dating back to the 3rd century were found by a local man and his son who were out metal detecting.

The collection, verified by experts at the British Museum, has yet to be valued but could be worth around . . .

Read more at This is Cornwall

Friday, December 28, 2012

Royal Canadian Mint Wins Coin of the Year Award

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Ottawa, Ontario, December 6, 2012 — The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to be the recipient of a Krause Publications 2013 Coin of the Year award, as its 2011 $20 pure silver commemorative coin known as "The Canoe" won in the Best Silver Coin award category.

This award will be presented to the Mint on February 2, 2013 at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. The Mint was also honoured to receive nominations in the following categories: Best Gold Coin; Most Historically Significant Coin; Most Artistic Coin and Most Inspirational Coin.

"This remarkable silver coin captures an . . .

Read more at Royal Canadian Mint

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Gold Hoarder's Legacy

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Walter Samaszko Jr. was not a guy who wanted company.

He covered the windows of his house in Carson City, Nev., with cardboard so the neighbors couldn’t see inside.

He made the postman stick the mail through the . . .

Read more at Bloomberg Businessweek

Friday, December 21, 2012

Brazil Recalls Thousands of Flawed Coins

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Casa da Moeda do Brasil, the Brazilian mint, has reported that a 50 centavos coin was received as change in the city of Rio de Janeiro with a reverse that stated only 5 centavos.

Examination of the coin revealed that it was a manufacturing flaw that affected a maximum of about 40,000 coins, or about 2 hours worth of production.

The mint will be recalling and replacing the affected coins.

Read more at Casa da Moeda do Brasil

Thursday, December 20, 2012

U.S. Mint Tests Cheaper Metals to Make Coins

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When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that.

A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute.

The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without . . .

Read more at ABC News

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2013 Presidential Dollar Coin Designs Announced

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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint today announced the designs that will appear on the Presidential $1 Coins in 2013.

The obverse (heads sides) of the coins will bear the vivid portraits of former Presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.

The coins' designers are . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

Monday, December 17, 2012

Secret Service Bans Liberty Gold and Silver Coins on eBay

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eBay was contacted by the U.S. Secret Service sometime last month to remove the Liberty Dollar precious metal coins.

Citing consistency with eBay’s general policy of not listing counterfeit items, eBay spokesperson Ryan Moore confirmed the ban with . . .

Read more at Forbes

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Officials Award Substitute Teacher $7 Million
in Rare Gold Coins

Only living relative of deceased man, inherits a fortune in gold coins. Officials in Carson City, Nevada have declared a California woman the rightful owner of $7.4 million in gold coins found in the home of her late cousin.

City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover said a month's worth of genealogical research determined . . .

Read more at KSEE 24 News

Friday, December 14, 2012

U.S. Mint Releases 2013 Product Schedule

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The following list displays the United States Mint's products and their dates of availability. This list will be updated periodically as dates for products being released later in the year have yet to be set. All dates are subject to change by the United States Mint without prior notice.

01/08/132013 United States Mint America the 
Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set
01/15/132013 Birth Set
01/22/132013 United States Mint America the 
Beautiful Quarters Proof Set
01/24/132013 American Eagle One Ounce Silver 
Proof Coin
01/28/132013 America the Beautiful Quarters® 
Bags and Rolls – White Mountain National 
Forest (NH)
02/12/132013 America the Beautiful Quarters T
hree-Coin Set – White Mountain National 
Forest (NH)
02/12/132013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce 
Silver Uncirculated Coin – White Mountain 
National Forest (NH)
02/14/132013 United States Mint Presidential $1 
Coin Proof Set
02/19/13Presidential $1 Coin Rolls, Bags, and Boxes 
– William McKinley
02/28/13Girls Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver 
Dollar
03/07/132013 United States Mint Presidential $1 
Coin Uncirculated Set (P&D)
03/19/132013 William McKinley $1 Coin Cover
03/21/132013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin 
Program
03/28/132013 United States Mint Proof Set®
04/20132013 America the Beautiful Quarters® Bags 
and Rolls – Perry’s Victory and International 
Peace Memorial (OH)
04/2013Presidential $1 Coin Rolls, Bags and Boxes – 
Theodore Roosevelt
04/20132013 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin 
Set®
04/20132013 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-
Coin Set – Perry’s Victory and International 
Peace Memorial (OH)
04/20132013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver 
Uncirculated Coin – Perry’s Victory and 
International Peace Memorial (OH)
04/20132013 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins
04/2013Native American $1 Coin Rolls, Bags and 
Boxes
04/20132013 America the Beautiful Quarters 
Uncirculated Coin Set
05/20132013 United States Mint Silver Proof Set®
05/20132013 Theodore Roosevelt $1 Coin Cover
05/20132013 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold 
Proof Coin
05/20132013 American Eagle One Ounce Silver 
Uncirculated Coin
05/2013-06/2013American Eagle West Point Two-Coin Silver 
Set (final product name TBD)
06/20132013 American Eagle One Ounce Gold 
Uncirculated Coin
06/20132013 America the Beautiful Quarters® Bags 
and Rolls – Great Basin National Park (NV)
06/20132013 Kennedy Half-Dollar Bags and Rolls
06/2013America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin 
Set – Great Basin National Park (NV)
06/20132013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver 
Uncirculated Coin – Great Basin National 
Park (NV)
07/2013Presidential $1 Coin Rolls, Bags, and Boxes – 
William Howard Taft
07/20132013 American Eagle One Ounce Platinum 
Proof Coin – "To Promote the General Welfare"
07/20132013 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated 
Dollar Coin Set
08/20132013 William Howard Taft $1 Coin Cover
08/20132013 America the Beautiful Quarters® Bags 
and Rolls – Ft. McHenry National Monument 
and Historic Shrine (MD)
09/2013America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin 
Set™ – Ft. McHenry National Monument and 
Historic Shrine (MD)
09/20132013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver 
Uncirculated Coin – Ft. McHenry National 
Monument and Historic Shrine (MD)
10/2013Presidential $1 Coin Rolls, Bags and Boxes – 
Woodrow Wilson
10/20132013 Presidential $1 Four-Coin Sets
11/20132013 America the Beautiful Quarters® Bags 
and Rolls – Mt. Rushmore National Memorial 
(SD)
11/20132013 Woodrow Wilson $1 Coin Cover
11/2013America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin 
Set – Mt. Rushmore National Memorial (SD)
11/20132013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver 
Uncirculated Coin – Mt. Rushmore National 
Memorial (SD)
11/20132013 America the Beautiful Quarters 
Circulating Coin Set
12/20132013 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series: 
Five-Medal Set

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fiji Drops Queen Elizabeth II from Currency

FIJI dropped the image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II from a new range of bank notes and coins unveiled today, replacing her with plants and animals native to the Pacific island state.

Fiji President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said the new currency was a milestone for the former British colony, which became independent in 1970 and declared itself a . . .

Read more at The Australian News

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Widow Finds Rare Shipwreck Gold Coin Worth Almost $500,000

A Tunbridge Wells pensioner who found an old coin whilst clearing out her late husband's chest of drawers has sold it at auction for almost £300,000.

The widow, who has not been named, was told the item - from gold seized by the British from a Spanish treasure ship in 1702 - was worth around £120,000 after discovering it.

But it sold for the staggering sum . . .

Read more at tunbridgewellspeople.co.uk

Monday, December 10, 2012

Gold and Silver Coins to Honor Mark Twain

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Washington D.C., -- President Barack Obama signed the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act into law yesterday, which will benefit four Mark Twain sites including his boyhood home in Hannibal, Missouri.

The House of Representatives first passed the bill in April and the . . .

Read more at The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Get full text of bill H.R. 2453 at govtrack.us

U.S. Eagle Gold Coins Strongest Since 1999

November sales of U.S. American Eagle gold coins are on track to be the best in 14 years as uncertainty surrounding the U.S. fiscal cliff and the election of President Obama led to safe haven buying.

Buyers timing the market also increased coin sales by buying during . . .

Read more at International Business Times

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Hobbit Coins and Stamps Outsell All Other Products Combined at New Zealand Post


The world premiere of The Hobbit gave a big lift to sellers of Tolkien-related goods, but left cafe and bar owners feeling flat.

An estimated 50,000 to 60,000 people visited the Hobbit-themed outdoor market at Waitangi Park on the day of last Wednesday's premiere, according to the first official numbers published.

Official merchandise was also flying off the shelves at . . .

Read more at stuff.co.nz

Friday, December 07, 2012

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Dollar
to be Released

WASHINGTON - Sales of the United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set - Benjamin Harrison will begin December 11, 2012, at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The set includes an uncirculated Benjamin Harrison Presidential $1 Coin and a bronze medal bearing the likeness of Caroline Harrison that is featured on her First Spouse Gold Coin.

The coin and medal are encased in . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Spanish Shipwreck Treasure to go on Display

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MADRID — Tonnes of gold and silver from the wreck of a 19th-century warship will go on display in Spain from next year after Madrid won it in the courts from US treasure-hunters, officials said Friday.

The treasure from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, sunk by the British navy in 1804, returned to Spain in February after a five-year legal battle with . . .

Read more at Google News

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Bindi the Croc Featured on 1 oz. Silver Coin

The Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) and EMK Coins and Precious Metals (EMK), one of the world’s leading distributors of numismatic products, have partnered to capture the Saltwater Crocodile in coin form in a new coin series that will feature Australia Zoo’s saltwater crocodiles.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, The Hon Bernie Ripoll MP, commented on how a series such as this will help carry on Steve Irwin's legacy.

"Crocodiles are an . . .

Read more at Royal Australian Mint

Monday, December 03, 2012

Royal Canadian Mint Sells Canada's First Gold Coins That Were Stored for Over 75 Years

The Royal Canadian Mint is delighted to put a national treasure back in the hands of Canadians by offering the public the unique chance to buy part of a rare collection of Canada’s first gold coins, produced by the Mint from 1912 to 1914 and not seen since the outbreak of the First World War.

Stored at the Bank of Canada for over 75 years after becoming part of the Government of Canada’s Exchange Fund Account, the highest quality of these $5 and $10 gold coins are now being offered for sale to convert the proceeds into quality fixed-income securities, while less visually appealing examples will be refined into 99.99% pure gold to liquidate the balance of the coin holdings.

"The 1912-14 $5 and $10 Canadian gold coins are at the source of the Royal Canadian Mint’s . . .

Read more at the Royal Canadian Mint

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Caroline Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin
to be Released

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the Caroline Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin at noon Eastern Time (ET) on December 6, 2012.

The coin's obverse (heads side) features Harrison's portrait and the inscriptions . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

2013 Sacagawea Dollar Reverse Design Revealed

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint today announced the reverse (tails side) design for the 2013 Native American $1 Coin.

The theme for the design is "The Delaware Treaty (1778)." (After declaring independence, the United States signed its first formal treaty with an Indian tribe, the Delaware, at Fort Pitt, now Pittsburgh, on September 17, 1778.)

The tails side of the 2013 coin features a turkey, howling wolf and turtle - all symbols of the clans of the Delaware Tribe - and a ring of . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Rare 1905 Fairbanks, Alaska $5 Bill to be Auctioned

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The $5 bill displayed for decades on Charles Fairbanks IV's wall was long a treasured family heirloom from Alaska.

Now, to the surprise of the grandson of a turn-of-a-century vice president, it's also become a likely treasure trove.

The rare find is expected to fetch as much as $300,000 at auction this month when a . . .

Read more at Xfinity News

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to Follow the Money in Rare Coin Collecting

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CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Coin dealer James DiGeorgia saw it for just a moment — a rare Roman gold coin he found extremely desirable — but he hesitated before deciding to buy it.

“I heard the dealer say to another customer . . .

Read more at MarketWatch

Sunday, September 09, 2012

SpongeBob Coins Go Missing from Chicago Firm

$20,000 in SpongeBob coins and $66,000 in gold go missing.

CHICAGO - When Peregrine Financial Group collapsed in July after revelations its chief executive allegedly stole client money for years, it was not just customer assets of the futures brokerage that went missing.

Some 76 sets of silver coins sporting the image of cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants were also . . .

Read more at NBC News

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Why Rare Coin Prices Don’t Always Track Gold Futures

In the last four years, gold futures have risen more than 70%.

However, prices for rare gold coins, such as the $20 St. Gaudens series, haven’t matched the gains.

A 1909 piece minted in Denver, assigned a grade of MS-65 by PCGS, sold at a Heritage auction for $34,500 in . . .

Read more at MarketWatch

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Jury Awards U.S. Government Rare 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coins Worth $80 Million

(CN) - A federal judge awarded the U.S. government ownership of 10 rare gold coins valued at roughly $80 million that have been missing for decades.

The 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle, named after its designer Augustus St. Gaudens, is "one of the most sought-after rarities in history," according to the U.S. Mint.

Though the double eagle was originally valued at . . .

Read more at Courthouse News

Monday, September 03, 2012

Chipotle Beats the U.S. Mint to Ending the Penny

Chipotle says it will only round down to the nearest nickel in high volume stores.

Bank of America may round your bill up and put the change in your savings account, which seems good, but what if your favorite restaurant was tacking extra pennies onto your check — but for their potential benefit? 

Chipotle locations around the country have been . . .

 Read more at Huffington Post

Thursday, August 30, 2012

2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Coins Disappearing from Circulation

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The Royal Mint has confirmed that more commemorative 50p coins featuring London 2012 sporting designs are being taken out of circulation by members of the public than any other commemorative coin released into circulation since decimalisation.

The Royal Mint expects and plans for 2 to 3% of new 50p coins released into circulation to be removed by collectors or simply be lost.

But a recent audit suggests that . . .

Read more at The Royal Mint

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dollar Coin Celebrates 100th Grey Cup

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TORONTO, ONTARIO – August 27, 2012 – A new one-dollar coin commemorating the 100th Grey Cup, Canada's single biggest annual sporting event, was unveiled by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint.

"This new circulation coin immortalizes an important milestone in Canada's sports history and our . . .

Read more at Royal Canadian Mint

Monday, August 27, 2012

Australian Holey Dollar Sells for Record Price

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Three rare Australian coins have fetched almost $900,000 at auction - taking out two records in the process.

Australia's first coin, known as the "Hannibal Head" Holey Dollar, sold for $410,000, while the first gold coin, an 1852 Adelaide pound, netted $370,000.

Both coins fetched record prices for . . .

Read more at The Australian News

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tellers and Clerks Keep Eyes Open for Rare Coins

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Shortly before retiring from my job with a supermarket chain after 38 years of employment, the new store manager introduced me to his young son, who was helping out in the bakery department.

I learned the young man was a budding collector, who enjoyed finding wheat pennies.

Having accumulated quite a collection of wheat pennies myself over . . .

Read more at Staten Island Advance

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Euro Coins Appear on Postage Stamps

On July 16, 2012, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued twelve new stamps celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Euro.

The official currency of the eurozone, the euro is the second most traded currency in the world after the U.S. dollar. Euro notes and coins were introduced on . . .

Read more at Marshall Islands Postal Service

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

nited States Mint to Launch Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Quarter

Join United States Mint and National Park Service officials for the presentation of the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park quarter at 1:30 p.m., August 29, 2012.

The ceremony will take place at the Kahua Hula, south of Kilauea Visitor Center. Invited guests include United States Senator Daniel Inouye and Governor Neil Abercrombie.

Following the ceremony, the public can exchange their . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

Shipwreck Treasure on Display at Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- After finding the remains of an 18th-century Spanish shipwreck in the Dominican Republic, Indiana University researchers traveled to Spain in the fall of 2010 to learn more about the history of the 90-ton merchant vessel, the Nuestra Senora de Begona.

From historical records, they uncovered a . . .

Read more at South Bend Tribune

Largest Medieval Coin Treasure Ever . . .
Hidden in a Toilet?

Bulgarian archaeologists expect to find at the holy rock city of Perperikon the largest ever medieval coin treasure in the country.

The announcement was made by leading Bulgarian archaeologist, Prof. Nikolay Ovcharov, after his team recently found a total 11 gold and 6 silver coins. The gold coins are from the 14th century while the silver ones are from the end of the 13th century.

The coins have been found dispersed in what has been used as a toilet hole with a . . .

Read more at novinite.com

Emporer Caligula Gold Coin Found by Fisherman

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A significant archaeological finding, a gold coin, has been reported discovered underwater in the area between Limassol and Larnaca by a local amateur fisherman.

According to Cypriot authorities, the coin is of great value. Cypriot media reported that it dates back to . . .

Read more at Greek Reporter

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Judge Orders Arrest of SS Central America Salvager Tommy Thompson

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Where is reclusive shipwreck salvager Tommy Thompson?

U.S. marshals were told yesterday to hunt down the former Battelle engineer, arrest him and bring him to federal court in Columbus.

Thompson, 60, did not show up . . .

Read more at The Columbus Dispatch

Fight Over $100 Million Treasure Continues Decades Later

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A federal judge in Columbus has ordered an elusive shipwreck salvager to appear in front of him at 9 a.m. today or face arrest.

U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. made the ruling last week after deciding that Tommy Thompson has not . . .

Read more at The Columbus Dispatch

Rare Carson City Dime Sells for $1.6 Million

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Bid auctions for coins are rather non-news, but when a rare 1873 Liberty dime sells for $1.6 million, it makes headlines.

That's what happened Thursday in Carson City, Nev. when a group of coin bidders were jockeying for the . . .

Read more at examiner.com

Friday, August 10, 2012

Benjamin Harrison Dollar Coin to be Released

WASHINGTON - Collectors may place their orders for rolls, bags and boxes containing Benjamin Harrison Presidential $1 Coins beginning August 16, 2012, at noon Eastern Time (ET).

Available product options and their prices are as follows . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Medieval Treasure of Silver Coins Found

A silver treasure from the 12th century has been found on the Baltic island Gotland, where over 600 pieces of silver coins have been unearthed, according to reports in local media.

“This is an amazing find. It’s unbelievable that treasures of this scale exist here on . . .

Read more at The Local

Friday, July 27, 2012

U.S. Mint to Open Sales of 2012 American Eagle
One Ounce Silver Coin

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2012 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on August 2, 2012, at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The current price of the coin is $45.95; however, as with all products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals, pricing is subject to change.

The American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

How to Identify Counterfeit Rare Coins

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According to CBS News, inexperienced rare coin collectors who mistake counterfeit coins for the real deal stand to loose a pretty penny.

A recent report notes that over one million counterfeit coins have been made overseas and sold to unsuspecting collectors throughout the U.S. – some as . . .

Read more at La Jolla Light

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Royal Canadian Mint Supports Olympic Athletes with Lucky Loonie Dollar Coin

Calgary, Alberta – July 19, 2012 - The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to issue Canada’s latest commemorative circulation coin, the 2012 Lucky Loonie.

The coin, which was unveiled at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, will serve as a good luck charm for Canadian athletes competing in London at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Our Government will soon join Canadians from coast to coast to coast as they cheer on our athletes competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic . . .

Read more at Royal Canadian Mint

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Déjà vu for Odyssey Marine Exploration as India Mulls Demanding Return of Silver

India could follow Spain's example by demanding Odyssey return $38 million dollars worth of silver bullion recently recovered from the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck.


NEW DELHI: After 71 years, about 43 tonnes of silver bullion hauled up from the wreckage of British merchant vessel, S S Gairsoppa, on the bed of North Atlantic has created a flutter in India, thanks to its Kolkata connection.

The ship set sail from Kolkata, then Calcutta, in December, 1940, with a cargo of tea, iron and silver. CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand the return of the retrieved silver to India, its "rightful owner".

In a letter to the . . .

Read more at The Times of India

Ancient Gold Coins Discovered Under Floor of Crusader Castle

Israeli archeologists this week discovered one of the largest gold stockpiles ever found while digging in an ancient castle that hosted some of the major battles of the Crusades.

The cache — discovered in a broken pottery vessel hidden under a floor tile — contained 108 gold coins which archeologists have estimated to be worth over . . .

Read more at Time Magazine

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SpongeBob Involved in FBI Coin Seizure

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Silver SpongeBob SquarePants coins minted by a private company in New Zealand were among the assets seized by FBI agents from Peregrine Financial Group after its chief confessed to nearly 20 years of fraud last week.

Ira Bodenstein, the trustee in Peregrine's bankruptcy case in Chicago, said the coins were in a vault at the firm's . . .

Read more at Yahoo News

48 Tons of Silver Bullion Recovered from Shipwreck

TAMPA - Odyssey Marine Exploration announced on Wednesday that it has recovered 48 tons of silver bullion from the British cargo ship SS Gairsoppa.

Odyssey has a contract with the British government and will keep 80 percent of the cargo recovered.

So far, 1,203 silver bars, worth millions of dollars, have been taken to . . .

Ream more at ABC News

Thumbs Up for the Zurich Money Museum's New Coin App

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If the Euro falls, what should the coins of Greece, Spain, Italy and the rest of the member states look like?

The Money Museum’s Coins app, with its high-definition photos of ancient and modern currencies, offers a lot of ideas.

I’m particularly fond of this impractical dolphin coin, which dates to . . .

Read more at The Chimerist

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Coin Commemorates Coast Guard Anniversary

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SARNIA, ONTARIO, July 13, 2012 – The Canadian Coast Guard is celebrating 50 years of exceptional service in 2012, and the Royal Canadian Mint is delighted to mark this anniversary by issuing a 99.99 per cent fine silver coin featuring the flagship icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent hard at work in the frozen waters of the Canadian Arctic.

 "As we celebrate this special anniversary, I would like to join Canadians in honouring all former and current members of the Canadian Coast Guard for . . .


Read more at the Royal Canadian Mint

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Engineering Technology Revealing Secrets of Ancient Coins

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ScienceDaily (July 10, 2012) — Archaeologists and engineers from the University of Southampton are collaborating with the British Museum to examine buried Roman coins using the latest X-ray imaging technology.

Originally designed for the analysis of substantial engineering parts, such as jet turbine blades, the powerful scanning equipment . . .

Read more at Science Daily

Hoard of Gold Coins Unearthed at Crusades Site

HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - A 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday.

The treasure was dug up from the ruins of a castle in . . .

Read more at Yahoo News