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