Saturday, May 26, 2012

San Francisco Mint to Produce First Circulating Quality Coins in 30 Years!

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WASHINGTON - Beginning June 21 at noon Eastern Time (ET), the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the first collectible bags and rolls containing coins bearing the "S" mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco.

The circulating quality coins are the first to be produced at the San Francisco facility in more than 30 years. The "S" mint mark quarters will not be released into circulation.

The first bags and rolls released will contain . . .


Read more at usmint.gov

Saturday, May 19, 2012

U.S. Mint to Issue Grover Cleveland 1st Term Presidential Dollars

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WASHINGTON - On May 25 at noon Eastern Time (ET), the United States Mint will accept orders for several Presidential $1 Coin product options honoring Grover Cleveland (first term).

The product options are . . .


Read more at usmint.gov

Friday, May 18, 2012

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear $500 Million Shipwreck Treasure Case

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the appeal of American treasure hunters who were forced earlier this year to surrender $500 million in silver and gold coins they recovered from the wreck of a Spanish warship 3,000 feet deep in international waters.

The high court took the action without comment.

A federal judge in . . .

Read more at Yahoo News 

2012 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® Goes on Sale May 21

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WASHINGTON - Collectors may begin ordering the 2012 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set on May 21 at noon Eastern Time.

 The set includes two folders, each containing 14 coins from the United States Mint facilities at Denver and Philadelphia, for a total of 28 coins.

 The set includes . . .

Read more at usmint.gov

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Kennedy Half Dollars Now Available from the U.S. Mint

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WASHINGTON - Collectors of Kennedy half-dollars may begin placing their orders for bags and rolls filled with 2012 coins beginning at noon Eastern Time (ET) on May 15.

The bags are priced at $139.95 each, and the two-roll sets are priced at $32.95 each. The 200-coin bags contain equal quantities of circulating quality 2012 Kennedy half-dollars from the United States Mint facilities at Denver and Philadelphia.

Each bag is marked with a . . .

Read more at: usmint.gov

Saturday, May 12, 2012

New NGC Top 50 Label for Most Popular Coins

NGC has created a special presentation label for coins featured in Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins.

This newly released book lists the Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins in terms of popularity, scarcity and affordability.

Each coin listed includes a . . .


Read more at: NGC

Philippine Senator Submits Bill to Make Coin Hoarding a Crime

Coin collectors beware.

Senator Manuel Lapid has filed a bill to penalize the hoarding of coins to avoid coin shortage.

Citing figures from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Lapid said there should be around 17.34 billion coins--worth around P18.94 billion--in circulation. He said that would mean around 184 coins per . . .

Read more at: Yahoo News Philippines

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Canada's New $20 Bill Features Pornography and WTC Twin Towers?

Some people have called elements of the bill "pornographic," while others have noted a resemblance to the Twin Towers that used to stand in lower Manhattan.

If there was ever a need to confirm how badly U.S. currency needs a makeover, this is it.

Our neighbors to the north just introduced a new $20 bill in Ottawa, and the redesign has garnered a bit of controversy.
The bill features Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year, on the front of the note.

The back pays tribute to the sacrifices of . . .


Read more at: Yahoo Finance

Viking Treasure Goes On Display

A Viking hoard of silver coins and artefacts uncovered in the Cumbrian countryside has gone on display for the first time.

The Furness Hoard of Viking Treasure was found in 2010 at an undisclosed site by a metal detector enthusiast.

The hoard, which includes 92 silver coins, ingots and part of a . . .


Read more at: BBC News

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Where Money Goes to Die

A lot of businesses want to attract “old money.” Ford is no exception – only it’s more interested in the shredded-up variety than in the kind that belongs to a fancy country club.

Stepping up its efforts to curb the use of petroleum-based products, the automaker announced last month that it’s attempting to use old U.S. cash to make . . .


Read more at: Fox Business

Why Isn't Gold Soaring?

[With] fears dominating the news, gold and other safe-haven precious metals don't seem to be doing their job.

The SPDR Gold Shares (NYS: GLD) have lost 10% of their value since late February, while the iShares Silver Trust (NYS: SLV) has fallen 20%. That leaves one question for investors:

Why isn't gold soaring? . . .


Read more at: DailyFinance

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Archaeologists Try to Stop U.S. Company from Plundering HMS Victory Shipwreck

The ministry of defence is facing a legal battle and parliamentary questions after letting a US company excavate a British 18th-century warship laden with a potentially lucrative cargo.

Lord Renfrew is among leading archaeologists condemning a deal struck over HMS Victory, considered the world’s mightiest ship when she sank in . . .

Read more at: Gulf Times

Monday, May 07, 2012

Rare Coin Fraud Fueled by Stolen Customer Lists

"Many gold coin salesmen have criminal backgrounds and a history of dishonest dealings." 

Dennis Helmer says he got his hands on "The List" in the 1990s, while he was working in sales at a long-defunct Twin Cities coin company called National Rarities.

The database included hundreds of thousands of names and phone numbers for established gold and silver customers and others who had . . .


Read more at: Star Tribune

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Final London 2012 Olympic Games
Gold Coins Revealed

The Royal Mint revealed the third and final addition to its London 2012 Gold Series commemorative coin range – the ‘Stronger’ set, an exclusive trio of coins inspired by the ancient Olympic Games crafted in fine 22 carat gold.

The Gold Series is a set of nine exquisite coins inspired by the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ or ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’, and ‘Stronger’ is the final set to complete the collection.

Consisting of a one ounce coin and two quarter-ounce coins, the ‘Stronger’ coin set is one of the . . .

Read more at: The Royal Mint

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Rare Coin Could Help Solve Murder

A rare coin could help detectives track the killers of a Chittering pensioner.

Officers investigating the savage murder of Llywelyn Thomas have released images of a rare coin which may have been stolen in a botched burglary that ended in . . .

 Read more at: Cambridge News

Canada Mints Its Last Penny

WINNIPEG (Manitoba), May 5 — Canada minted its final one-cent coin yesterday and urged people to donate the little copper-covered coins to charity rather than let them go to waste.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said a charitable donation would be an apt last stop for the pennies, which Canada is pulling from circulation later this year after 104 years.

“We hope all Canadians will consider putting their last pennies to good use by . . .


Read more at: The Malaysian Insider

Thursday, May 03, 2012

NGC Introduces Chinese Coin Price Guide

SARASOTA, Fla., May 2, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has released an online price guide of Chinese Panda coins 1974 to date.

 The NGC Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide, accessible on NGC's website, is a comprehensive free resource and includes silver, gold, platinum, palladium and bi-metallic Panda coins and medals.

 Panda coin values for more than 640 issues are available, as well as photographs of different issues. Many coin prices will be updated . . .

 Read more at: Market Watch

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The True Value of Franklin Mint Coins

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Dear Mr. Berko: During the past 25 years, I purchased over $47,000 in collectible silver coins and beautiful nonsilver coins from the Franklin Mint for my retirement because I thought the scarcity and limited edition minting of these coins would drive up their value over the years and because I believed the silver content in the silver coins would also increase in value.

 Now I'm 64 and decided to sell these coins . . .

 Read more at: Erie Times-News

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Vending Machines Rejecting New Canadian Coins

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (MarketWatch) — You know those signs on some U.S. vending machines that read, “Does Not Accept Canadian Coins”?

These days, some vending machines and parking meters in Canada don’t accept them either. 

Covering the fast-changing landscape of Canadian currency and coins can almost be a . . .

Read more at: Market Watch