Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Star Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins to be Released by the U.S. Mint

U.S. Mint Image
WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins on March 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The bureau is authorized by Public Law 111-232, the "Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act," to strike 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.

Design descriptions are available on the U. S. Mint Web site at:

The 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins will be . . .

Read more at:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

$500 Million Shipwreck Treasure Lands in Spain

Two military planes carrying 17 tons of silver and gold coins scooped up from a sunken Spanish warship landed in Madrid on Saturday, ending a more than 200-year odyssey that took the treasure from an ocean floor to Florida courtrooms.

The planes landed with the 594,000 coins and other artifacts retrieved after a five-year legal wrangle with . . .

Read more at: ABC News

NY Museum to Auction its Rare Gold Coins

Free Coin Price Guides
The world’s most spectaclar collection of gold coins — owned by a Washington Heights art museum for 63 years but rarely seen by the public — is about to go on the auction block at Sotheby’s.

The sale on March 8 will provide up to $35 million for the struggling Hispanic Society of America ..., which plans to use the bonanza to expand its vast holdings.

But it will also rob the community of a treasure trove of 37,895 precious coins that provide a . . .

Read more at: New York Daily News

Monday, February 20, 2012

$500 Million Treasure Headed Back to Spain

TAMPA, Fla. — A federal judge on Friday signed off on a Spanish government plan to begin moving a vast shipwreck treasure from Florida to Spain next week, culminating a five-year legal battle with the treasure hunters who found and raised it off the Portuguese coast.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Pizzo ordered Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration to give Spanish officials access to the 17 tons of silver coins and other artifacts beginning Tuesday . . .

Read more at: The Washington Post

Home Invaders Slit Throats for $500K Coin Collection

A $500,000 collection of gold coins is the likely reason home invaders slit the throats of a couple in their 70s and the woman's 50-year-old son, killing both men and . . .

Read more at: Erie Times-News

U.S. Army Infantry Soldiers Among First to Get New Silver Dollar

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Nearly two hundred graduating Army Infantry soldiers today were among the first Americans to receive the newly released United States Mint 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar.

The coins were presented to members of the 198th Infantry Brigade's F Company, 2d Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, gathered at Fort Benning's Parade Field for their graduation ceremony. The commemorative coins, authorized by Public Law 110-357, the "National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin Act," honor the service and legacy of U.S. Army Infantry soldiers.

"With this coin, the Infantry adds silver to its . . .

Read more at:

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Philatelist Duped into Buying Counterfeit U.S. Coin Collection for $70,000

WEST PALM BEACH (CN) - A stamp and coin collector claims he lost $70,000 buying "counterfeit coins made in China [which] are imported to the United States for the sole purpose of defrauding potential buyers."

Battling Ph.D.s are duking out the disputed coin sale in . . .

Read more at: Courthouse News Service

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Challenge Coins: A Military Tradition

Free Coin Price Guides
2/3/2012 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The United States military has many traditions and legacies, some of which are difficult to trace back to their roots.

One of the most widely-known military traditions is presenting challenge coins which has become a form of recognition for outstanding service.

Historians have a difficult time tracing this particular tradition back to its roots, but for centuries coins have been an important part of military . . .

Read more at: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst