Friday, January 25, 2013

Rare Coin Belonging to Deceased Mountaineer Found in Attic

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A man who died in a climbing accident unknowingly bequeathed a valuable inheritance to his family - a rare coin struck after the turbulent birth of the United States.

The humble half-cent coin, minted in 1796, lay undiscovered for 50 years inside a matchbox before it was found by the family of Mark Hillary during a clean-out.

The coin fetched . . .

Read more at the International Business Times

Sunday, January 20, 2013

National Collector's Mint Lied About Ground Zero Silver in WTC Commemorative Coins

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The Federal Trade Commission is coming down hard on a company seeking to cash in on phony 9/11 memorabilia.

National Collector's Mint, based out of Port Chester, NY, was advertising a 9/11 commemorative coin that purportedly contained actual silver from ground zero.

In fact, the silver was just an imitation . . .

Read more at The Daily Mail

Friday, January 18, 2013

U.S. Mint Sells Out 2013 American Eagle
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They may not be making any platinum coins, and they may not be able to sell their presidential dollars, but the U.S. mint has reportedly sold out of its 2013 American Eagle silver coin.

However, sales so far this month have yet to . . .

Read more at MarketWatch

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Royal Canadian Mint Release 100th Anniversary Arctic Expedition Proof Silver Dollar Coin

Ottawa, Ontario, January 8, 2013 — Passionate about making people discover Canada through its coins, the Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to commemorate the watershed discoveries of the 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition on its 2013 Proof Silver Dollar.

This flagship of the Mint's collector coin program celebrates another milestone of Canadian history by reviving the fascinating story of . . .

Read more at Royal Canadian Mint

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Coin Collectors Strike Their Own $1 Coins at Mint

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People queued in Canberra on Tuesday to pay $3 for $1 coins. Were they being soft in the head and an embezzler's dream?

No, they were hard-headed and fun-seeking numismatists (coin collectors and coin enthusiasts) queueing at the Royal Australian Mint at Deakin to get their hands on the first $1 coins minted in 2013.

Better still, . . . they got to strike their $1 coins themselves on a . . .

Read more at The Canberra Times

Australia's Holey Dollars Reappear

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The bicentenary of Australia’s first coins, the Holey Dollar and Dump, has been recognised on Australia’s first coin of the year in the traditional coin strike on New Year’s Day at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.

The first Holey Dollars and Dumps were struck in 1813 from Spanish eight reale coins, to give the . . .

Read more at The Royal Australian Mint

Monday, January 07, 2013

Call to Ban US Company from Warship's Treasure in Gold Coins . . . Again?

Is Britain taking a cue from Spain?

US treasure hunters should be banned from raising the wreck of one of Britain’s greatest warships and taking some of the millions of pounds of gold coins she is believed to contain, leading archaeologists and descendants of the . . .

Read more at The Telegraph

Saturday, January 05, 2013

The Trillion Dollar Coin Idea is Back

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The trillion dollar coin idea for solving the debt ceiling crisis has made the rounds in the news again.

The idea appears to have originated prior to 2011 by someone under the pseudonym of Beowulf.

An excellent discussion of the idea last summer can be found at Pragmatic Capitalism.

Friday, January 04, 2013

16th Century Coins Found on School Grounds

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Treasure hunter Iain Fraser has found coins dating back to the mid 1500s at Hannahs school campus at Seale-Hayne.

Mr Fraser obtained special permission from Hannahs to detect the land at Seale-Hayne. After a quick look at some old maps he started searching in the corner of a field which was near the old farm, in those days known as 'Houghton Barton'.

Within two hours he had found . . .

Read more at This is Plymouth

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Graces New Gold and Silver Coins

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If there’s any question where China’s first aircraft carrier stands in the eyes of officialdom, China’s central bank has answered it.

The People’s Bank of China on Thursday said it would issue gold and silver commemorative coins celebrating the Ukrainian-born, Dalian-bred vessel, recently christened the Liaoning.

The coins range in face value from a modest . . .

Read more at China Realtime Report