Saturday, April 28, 2012

Silver Coin Commemorates RMS Titanic

As the official commemorator of major British events, The Royal Mint is proud to offer this dramatic and poignant £5 coin to mark the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s fateful voyage.

Enduring public interest in this event makes it a superb acquisition for collectors of commemorative coins.

The affordable price also makes it an excellent gift for lovers . . .

Read more at: Royal Mint

Friday, April 27, 2012

Coin Dealer Unveils Gold ATM in Atlantic City

IRVINE, Calif. (April 25, 2012) –Stack’s Bowers Galleries, leading retailer and auctioneer of premium collectible coins, currency and precious metals, and division of Spectrum Group International, Inc. (SPGZ.PK), tomorrow will unveil its first GOLD to go™ ATM machine at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

The world famous hotel and casino is the second location in North America with a permanent installation of a GOLD to go™ ATM, with the first located at . . .

 Read more at: Stack's Bowers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

New Security Features Added to 2012 $1 Loonie and $2 Twoonie Canadian Coins

On April 10, 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint unveiled a new generation of one-dollar and two-dollar circulation coins.

By combining several leading-edge security features along with its . . .

Read more at: Royal Canadian Mint

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

United States Mint Announces Designs for 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins


WASHINGTON - The United States Mint today announced the designs for the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins. The coins honor Alice Paul and the suffrage movement, Frances Cleveland (first term), Caroline Harrison and Frances Cleveland (second term).

 Public Law 109-145, the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Act), contains a provision for the continuity of the First Spouse Coin Program in the event that a President served without a first spouse.

 In the case of President Chester Arthur, who was widowed before he took office, the Act specifically requires that the obverse (heads side) design for his corresponding First Spouse Gold Coin incorporate the name and likeness of Alice Paul, a leading strategist in the suffrage movement who was born during his term. The Act specifies that the reverse (tails side) design be representative of the suffrage movement. The obverses of the 2012 24-karat First Spouse Gold Coins feature striking portraits of . . .


Read more at: usmint.gov

Monday, April 23, 2012

U.S. Mint to Release 2012 Sacagawea Dollar Coin


WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will open sales for collectible rolls of the 2012 Native American $1 Coin on April 26, at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The rolls, priced at $32.95 each, contain 25 circulating quality Native American $1 Coins from either the United States Mint facility at Philadelphia or Denver. 

The coins are wrapped in distinctive packaging bearing the mintage year, the mint of origin, the dollar value of the contents and the United States Mint logo.

Also on April 26, the United States Mint is offering two new Native American $1 Coin products for sale.   A $1 Coin . . . Read more at: usmint.gov

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Senate to Decide Mark Twain Coin

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A commemorative coin saluting Hannibal native Mark Twain passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. It now heads to the U.S. Senate.
The bill passed with 408 members saying yes to the coin and only four voted against it.
“The entire program will be produced at no cost to . . .
Read more at: Hannibal.net

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Underweight Gold Coins Scandal Rocks Mint


The SA Mint Company, a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank, has admitted that it made underweight proof or collector krugerrands.
Economist Dawie Roodt, a former chief economist at the Reserve Bank, said while mistakes happen, "it is worrying".
"These coins were cast at the SA Mint Company and basically didn't have enough gold in them. We should be concerned because this . . .
Read more at: Times Live

Friday, April 20, 2012

Rare Penny Fetches $1 Million

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Every collecting hobby has its Holy Grail — that special, elusive (and expensive) item that would be the centerpiece to any collection.

 For baseball card enthusiasts, it’s a pristine T206 Honus Wagner. For comic book fans, it’s a crease-free copy of Action Comics No. 1, the book that introduced Superman.

 A Holy Grail for coin collectors was auctioned off Thursday night in . . .

 Read more at: The Daily Herald

Thursday, April 19, 2012

American Eagle Proof Gold Coins Now Available

WASHINGTON - Collectors may begin placing their orders for the 2012 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins starting at noon Eastern Time (ET) on April 19.

The coins and four-coin set will be priced in accordance with the United States Mint's pricing structure for precious metals products.

Current pricing information is available at . . .

Read more at: usmint.gov

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Ancient Silver Coins Found by Metal Detectorist

A metal detectorist who discovered more than 60 ancient coins in a field on the Isle of Man has described how "honoured" he felt to be the first person to hold the treasure for about 700 years.

On Monday a hearing was held at Douglas courthouse where the coins were deemed . . .

Read more at: BBC News

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Chester Arthur Presidential Dollar to be Released

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for collectible rolls of Chester Arthur Presidential $1 Coins at noon Eastern Time (ET) on April 5, 2012.

Each roll contains 25 circulating quality coins -- wrapped in United States Mint coin paper depicting the design -- from either the United States Mint facility at Philadelphia or Denver. The coin wrapping displays the mint of origin ("P" or "D") and "$25," the face value of its contents.

The Chester Arthur Presidential $1 Coin Rolls are priced at $32.95 each.

Beginning April 5, the United States Mint also will be offering two new Presidential $1 Coin products for . . .

Read more at: usmint.gov

Rare Coin Linked to Murder of Caesar

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If coins could talk, this one might speak of betrayal and murder and a warning about March 15.

The silver coin depicts Brutus, who helped murder Julius Caesar in 44BC, and is thought to be the first time one has come to the southern hemisphere.

Considered by experts to be the most important Roman coin ever made, it is now in the possession of . . .

Read more at: stuff.co.nz

School Children Find Sunken Wells Fargo Treasure

OAKLAND, Calif., April 2 (UPI) -- A group of sixth-graders scooping trash out of a California lake discovered sunken treasure, including rings, coins and . . .

Read more at: upi.com

Monday, April 02, 2012

Descendants Battle Spain for Shipwreck Treasure

A court battle over treasure from an old Spanish shipwreck has reached Gibraltar, where descendants of the sunken cargo's owners are fighting to win back part of the booty from Spain.

The British-administered territory has been drawn into a tangled squabble between Spain, US treasure hunters and the Latin American descendants, in a case harking back to . . .

Read more at: Yahoo News

Counterfeit Coins Double in Last Decade

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The number of counterfeit £1 coins has more than doubled in the past decade, with three out of every 100 coins in circulation a fake, it emerged yesterday.

An official study by the Royal Mint found that around 44million are counterfeits – three million more than only nine months ago.

The lower levels of counterfeits found in previous surveys have already led to fears the Royal Mint could be forced to scrap the entire denomination and . . .

Read more at: The Daily Mail