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

Read U.S. Mint R&D Biennial Report to Congress

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 . . .


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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 . . .


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

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 . . .


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 . . .


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