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  • newPerth Mint Silver Bullion Sales Quicken in July
    Australian bullion demand was divided in July compared to June but stronger than a year ago, according to the latest round of sales figures from The Perth Mint of Australia.Sales of silver bullion...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Aug 17, 5:10am -
  • newGold and Silver Prices Rise, Palladium Scores 16-Year High
    Precious metals futures climbed for a second day in a row Thursday with gains of 1.8% for palladium and 0.7% each for gold, silver and platinum.Gold for December delivery tacked on $9.50 to settle...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 7:42pm -
  • new2018 America the Beautiful Quarter and Coin Designs Selected
    The United States Mint kicked off August by unveiling the final reverse designs for its 2018-dated America the Beautiful Quarters® and counterpart America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu…
    - 23 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 12:18pm -
  • Precious Metals Rebound, Gold Rises 0.3%
    Precious metals futures advanced Wednesday with gains ranging from 0.7% for platinum to 2% for palladium.Gold for December delivery climbed $3.20, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,282.90 an ounce on the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 8:02pm -
  • US Mint Sales: Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set Nears Sellout
    Not many 2017-S Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Sets are left, based on the latest United States Mint stats and their rotating sales availability.U.S. Mint figures through Sunday show their sales at...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 4:06pm -
  • Gold Slips 0.8%; Silver Posts First Loss in 6 Sessions
    Precious metals futures declined Tuesday, led by silver which sank 2.4% and marked its first loss in six sessions.Gold for December delivery lost $10.70, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,279.70 an ounce on...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 7:07pm -
  • 2017 $20 Canadian Coin Shows Little Brown Bat in Black Rhodium Plating
    The Royal Canadian Mint unveils another innovative piece to its collection with the release of its 2017 $20 The Little Brown Bat 1 oz. Pure Silver Coin.Limited to 7,000 coins, this collectible...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 3:46pm -
  • 2017 American Liberty Silver Medal Set Gets Oct. 19 Release Date
    The United States Mint recently published images and a release date for its 2017 American Liberty Silver Medal Set. Those attending the ANA's World's Fair of Money in Denver Aug. 1 to 5 had the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 12:37pm -
  • Gold Logs First Loss in Four Sessions, Silver Logs Fifth Straight Gain
    Precious metals ended mixed Monday, with gold snapping a three-session winning streak and silver gaining for a fifth session in a row to mark a 2-month high.Gold for December delivery declined...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 7:25pm -
  • Last Chance at U.S. Mint Presidential $1 Coin Products
    This is the last year to buy Presidential $1 Coins and related products, the United States Mint announced in a brochure that was snail-mailed to customers this month.Coins honoring former U.S....[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 11:45am -

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Coin Collecting News

  • Five Proof America the Beautiful Quarters in First 2014 Set
    New from the United States Mint is its first coin collecting product in 2014 with America the Beautiful Quarters, and its first set of the year. Released Tuesday and on sale for $14.95 is the 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Pro…
    - 12 Jan 14, 1:33am -
  • 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Coins
    Commemorative coins celebrating the semicentennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are now available from the United States Mint, as authorized under Public Law 110-451. On Thursday, January 2, 2014, the US Mint starting accepting or…
    - 4 Jan 14, 4:10pm -
  • Sales Ending for Some 2012-2013 Coin Collecting Products
    Less than a half day remains until some of the coin collecting products from the United States Mint permanently go off sale, making way for 2014 coins and products. At Noon ET today, December 31, 2013, all 2013 commemorative coins and products with t…
    - 31 Dec 13, 12:21pm -
  • US Mint 2014 Coin Collecting Products
    Collectors can now plan ahead for what coin collecting products they want to buy in 2014 from the United States Mint. Earlier this month the US Mint listed nearly all the coins and sets it will release for the year. Many of them also have prices. Kic…
    - 22 Dec 13, 6:35pm -
  • First Spouse Coin Collecting Products End 2013
    Four of the five coin collecting products that the United States will end 2013 with are those featuring former First Ladies. Normally these products would have been issued earlier in the year but they were delayed due to production problems that shar…
    - 15 Dec 13, 9:36pm -
  • 2013 Limited Edition Set Offers Popular Silver Coins
    Out this week from the United States Mint is the 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set. Released on the 12th, this specially designed set for coin collectors has seven silver coins composed in 90% silver and one in 99.9% silver. The latter is the Min…
    - 14 Dec 13, 6:09pm -
  • Sold Out US Mint Products, Last Chance at Collector Coins
    Two United States Mint products for collectors sold out last week, and the bureau just published a list of other coin collecting products that will go off sale by year’s end. No longer available are the 2013-P Fort McHenry National Monument and His…
    - 9 Dec 13, 4:09am -
  • Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins
    Two more 2013 $10 First Spouse Gold Coins are among collectible products from the United States Mint to make an appearance in early December. Proof and uncirculated coins celebrating Helen Taft launch on Monday, December 2, 2013. They will start at p…
    - 1 Dec 13, 6:38am -
  • Last 2013 ATB Quarter Products for Collectors
    This week the United States Mint released the final two collector products holding 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters. 2013 Mount Rushmore America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets are available for $9.95 each and the new annual 2013 America th…
    - 23 Nov 13, 11:34pm -
  • Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins
    Two of the five 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins for collectors make their debut in November. The one-half ounce, 24-karat gold coins honoring Ida McKinley launched this past Thursday, November 14, 2013. Staring prices are $820 for the uncirculated coin…
    - 18 Nov 13, 5:19am -

US Mint Pressroom

  • U.S. Mint Celebrates 225th Anniversary with Collectors in Denver
    By Jill Westeyn (Photos by Debbie Dawson) August 4, 2017 Members of the United States Mint Retail Team and Office of Corporate Communications, in addition to senior leaders, proudly represented the bureau at the American Numismatic Association’s Wo…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 7:10pm -
  • Why Collect Coins
    Coins in your pocket, coins at the store, coins under couch cushions, there’s always more! It seems like coins are everywhere. Why in the world would anyone collect them? There are plenty of reasons to collect coins! Here are some...
    - 14 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 2:59pm -
  • First Spouse Medals Program
    The United States Mint honors the nation’s first spouses through the First Spouse Gold Coins Program, which began in 2007. As authorized by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145), bronze medal duplicates of the coins are...
    - 28 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 6:26pm -
  • Untitled
    August 2017 – Lessons That Make Cents First Stop: The American Dream From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was the largest and most active immigration station in the United States. For the vast majority of immigrants, Ellis Island truly was...
    - 31 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 1:44pm -
  • U.S. Mint Releases 2016 Biennial Report to Congress
    The United States Mint completed its 2016 Biennial Report to Congress in December 2016 on the research and development (R&D) of alternative metals for the nation’s circulating coins. This report is the third released under the Coin Modernization, O…
    - 36 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 5:49pm -

Silver Coin News

  • 2017-P Ozark Riverways 5 Ounce Silver Coin for Collectors
    Ozark National Scenic Riverways is honored on a 5-ounce silver coin that the United States Mint is introducing on Tuesday, July 11. This numismatic or collector coin is the third this year and the thirty-eighth overall from the U.S. Mint’s program…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Jul 17, 5:56pm -
  • 2017-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle Sales Open at 111,224
    The most sought after collector product from the United States Mint was the 2017-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle according to the latest round of sales stats. Released on Thursday, June 29 for $44.95 each, sales of the Silver Eagle hit 111,224 b…
    - 41 days ago, 8 Jul 17, 12:12pm -
  • 2017 Bullion American Silver Eagle Sales Fizzle in June
    June was not a hot month in terms of 2017 American Eagle Silver bullion coin sales. It ended at 986,000 and that made the month the second slowest of the year for the United States Mint. So far, only April was slower with 835,000 coins purchased, but…
    - 48 days ago, 1 Jul 17, 3:53pm -
  • 2017-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle for Collectors
    The United States Mint is now selling its latest product for coin collectors, the 2017-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle. The uncirculated silver coin appears most like its bullion counterpart, which is intended for investors and has sales of over…
    - 50 days ago, 29 Jun 17, 9:31pm -
  • 2017-P American Liberty Silver Medal Initial Sales Results
    Following their launch on June 14, the 2017 American Liberty Silver Medal sales hit 33,075 by Sunday, June 18. These one ounce, .999 fine silver medals celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint and are priced $59.95 each. Their sales easily to…
    - 55 days ago, 24 Jun 17, 12:32am -

Buzz with Dave Harper

  • newDoes anyone care about regular coin mintages?
    Have you ever taken a 30-year vacation? In one way, I did. When I joined the staff of Numismatic News in 1978, one of my tasks was to write up the monthly coin production at the U.S. Mint. Collectors used … Continue reading →The post Does anyone…
    - 21 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 1:39pm -
  • Few enhanced uncirculated sets left
    I was wrong. In my Aug. 9 blog, I wrote that I expected the sales number for the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set to decline over the coming week. It didn’t. It went up. But the set is still not … Continue reading →The post Fe…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Aug 17, 1:46pm -
  • Collector lessons good guides for investment
    Coin collectors are smarter investors than perhaps they realize. Consider the nature of collecting itself. A half century ago when I was in my early stages, advice boiled down to two things: Buy the best you can afford. Build sets. … Continue readi…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 2:12pm -
  • Hard to love what you don’t know
    Collectors have emotional attachment to coins. Copper collectors love copper. Silver coin collectors love silver. Gold coin collectors love gold. Some collectors have the budget to love all three simultaneously. What happens when you drop a coin of a…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 2:35pm -
  • Always be prepared: Own some gold
    Security blanket. Gold. One offers a child psychological protection. The other offers very real financial protection. Anyone knowing that will not be surprised to learn that sales of gold are up this week. Fears of a military conflict with North ……
    - 7 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 2:03pm -

Numismatic News

  • newCan 2017-S Eagle sell out again?
    Does one good sellout deserve another? When the United States Mint put a 2017-S proof silver American Eagle coin in a Congratulations Set on April 4, the 75,000 available sold out in minutes. Standard proof Eagles have a “W” mintmark … Continue…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Aug 17, 9:00am -
  • newEuropeans raise gold stakes
    I have previously stated that European gold demand has been strong. The World Gold Council Gold Demand Trends for the second quarter of 2017 provides some hard data to confirm just how much it has grown. While a comparatively small … Continue readi…
    - 12 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 11:00pm -
  • newMint Statistics: Up or down? Platinum Eagle confuses
    The mystery this week is posed by the 2017-W proof platinum American Eagle. According to the latest figures from the Mint, the sales number dropped by 209 to 9,017. Maximum mintage is 10,000. Yet the coin is not available on … Continue reading →…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • newDoes anyone care about regular coin mintages?
    Have you ever taken a 30-year vacation? In one way, I did. When I joined the staff of Numismatic News in 1978, one of my tasks was to write up the monthly coin production at the U.S. Mint. Collectors used … Continue reading →The post Does anyone…
    - 21 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 1:39pm -
  • newPenguin for Falklands
    The Falkland Islands are often described as the Penguin Capital of the world. Over a million of the birds nest on the islands. Recently, Pobjoy Mint released the first colorized 50-pence coin in a four-coin series celebrating the black-and white-crit…
    - 24 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 11:00am -
  • Note of the Month: Traveler’s checks played their part
    By Neil Shafer Traveler’s checks played their part in the postwar occupation of Germany. Most likely because of military considerations, travel was allowed on a restricted basis and only in specified areas. This particular check was an issue of the…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Aug 17, 11:00pm -

Coin World

  • Wrong planchets can suffer from defective plating process
    By Mike DiamondCollectors’ Clearinghouse: Errors & Varieties by Mike Diamond: Wrong planchets can suffer from defective plating process...Since their introduction in 1982, the copper-plated zinc planchets used for Lincoln cents have been affected…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:59pm -
  • Howling Wolf on new RCM gold bullion coin
    By Jeff StarckThe Royal Canadian Mint used the World Money Fair in that city to showcase Canada’s new silver and gold bullion coins fe...Berlin may be an unfamiliar setting for Canadian wildlife, but on Feb. 5 the Royal Canadian Mint used the Wor…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:58pm -
  • ANACS certifies Liberty Dollar medallions
    By Paul GilkesANACS is certifying Liberty Dollars. These were introduced as a private, voluntary barter currency in 1998 by monetary a...Collectors are submitting Liberty Dollar medallions for third-party certifications and encapsulation. ANACS has…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:57pm -
  • George Walton heirs donate $100,000 to ANA
    By Paul GilkesThe American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Diploma Program will be updated and digitized thanks to the donation.The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Diploma Program will be updated and digitized thanks to a $100,…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:56pm -
  • The 'other' 1859 cent
    By Q. David BowersThe Joys of Collecting by Q. David Bowers: The 'other' 1859 cent — Issue struck with reverse of 1860You probably know about the regular 1859 Indian Head cent — an issue for which 36.4 million coins were struck.The Flying E…
    - 21 Feb 14, 2:59pm -
  • Seated Liberty dime varieties
    By Steve RoachGerry Fortin’s online resource the “Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Varieties” will be used by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.Numismatic Guaranty Corp. recently announced that it will attribute Seated Liberty dime varieties listed in Gerr…
    - 21 Feb 14, 2:58pm -

Perth Mint Blog


  • newNew Polish Coin Dealer Selling on MA-Shops
    By ......   Marek Melcer’s Podlaski Gabinet Numizmatyczny was officially established in the year 2000. From the beginning the company’s main mission has been aimed at reliable coin evaluation and coin grading. Since 1999 we have org…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 9:17pm -
  • newState of the Mint – U.S. Mint Numismatic Coin Sales as of Aug. 13, 2017
    By CoinWeek News Staff ....   Current numismatic coin sales figures* from the U.S. Mint. Products listed are currently available for purchase at the U.S. Mint. Items labeled 'Out of Stock' or 'Sold Out' on are not listed below. Sales fig…
    - 18 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 5:20pm -
  • newAustria 2004 Vienna Secession 100 Euro Gold Coin
    Description: In 2004, the Austrian Mint continued its theme of early 20th-century modernist design, with the second release in its 100-euro gold Jugendstil collection honoring the architecture and artwork of the Vienna Secession. The Vienna Secession…
    - 19 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 4:09pm -
  • newCoinWeek Podcast #75: US Mint Sculptor Designer Don Everhart – Audio
    CoinWeek Podcast #75: US Mint Sculptor Designer Don Everhart - Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Don Everhart served as a sculptor engraver at the…
    - 19 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 3:57pm -
  • newU.S. Mint, National Park Service to Launch Ellis Island Quarter Aug. 30
    WHAT: The public and the media are invited to the ceremony to mark the release of the Ellis Island quarter, the 39th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The event includes a coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly…
    - 20 hours ago, 17 Aug 17, 3:19pm -

World Mint Coins

  • 2014 Australian Kangaroo Silver High Relief Coin
    The 2014 Australian Kangaroo 1 oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin is now available from the Perth Mint of Australia. It is issued as the fifth annual release in a series. Each coin is composed of one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and features a high reli…
    - 25 Jul 14, 2:13pm -
  • 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set Next Week
    Next week, the United States Mint has scheduled the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set for release. This set is likely to be extremely popular with collectors. The set will go on sale beginning at Noon (Eastern) on Thursday,…
    - 19 Jul 14, 1:55pm -
  • 2014 Mini Koala 0.5g Gold Coin Issued
    The Perth Mint of Australia offers the 2014 Mini Koala 0.5g Gold Coin as the second annual issue in a series. Each is struck from 0.5 grams of 99.99% pure gold. Shown on the reverse of the coin is a head and shoulders likeness of a single koala. Pri…
    - 14 Jul 14, 1:53pm -
  • 2014 Quarters Uncirculated Set and Harding Gold Coins This Week
    The United States Mint has four new products scheduled to debut this week. Included in these new issues are the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set™, the proof and uncirculated 2014 Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coins an…
    - 7 Jul 14, 6:18pm -
  • Disney – 80th Anniversary of Donald Duck Gold and Silver Coins
    The Perth Mint of Australia has unveiled the second issues of its two year programs featuring classic Disney characters with new strikes honoring the 80th anniversary of the beloved bird Donald Duck. Now available from the Perth Mint are the Dis…
    - 28 Jun 14, 2:34pm -

UK Royal Mint Blog

  • Behind the design: Britannia 2017
    Britannia is arguably the oldest and most famous symbol of Britain. Her image has appeared on the coinage for centuries, reflecting the spirit of the nation throughout shifts in art and politics, technology and popular culture. In 2017 we mark two i…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Aug 17, 2:08pm -
  • Guest blog: ‘Duty called and called me to obey’ – Remembering Noel Chavasse
    In 1917 British forces were engaged on many fronts, in an increasingly global conflict. On the Western Front the war became industrialised and remain deadlocked. The life of a soldier in the trenches was threatened by artillery, machine, guns, gas an…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Jul 17, 2:41pm -
  • A century of Royal service – the House of Windsor
    The House of Windsor came into being in July 1917 by proclamation of George V. Since then the House of Windsor has produced four monarchs who have reigned over the subjects of Britain and the Commonwealth for 100 years. Both George V and George VI d…
    - 32 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 2:59pm -
  • Behind the Design: Jane Austen £2 coin
    Jane Austen published her first novel anonymously in 1811 entitled Sense and Sensibility, ‘by a Lady’. Although she remained almost entirely unknown during her lifetime, readers across the world began a love affair with her fiction that has endur…
    - 35 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 7:58am -
  • Sitting with Jane: The Royal Mint book bench
    For 200 years, Jane Austen has delighted readers across the world with her Regency-era romances. Now we celebrate her life and works by featuring her portrait on a UK £2 coin, designed by Royal Mint graphic designer Dominique Evans. But, we are not…
    - 63 days ago, 16 Jun 17, 1:37pm -
The following is a small sampling of recent coin videos via YouTube. To watch, just click on the video. For a much larger selection, visit the coin videos section of this website. HelpViews:33746854 0ratingsTime:03:56More inHowto & Style
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Rare Gold Coins

  • The Newbie’s Lament: What Should I Collect?
    For new collectors of vintage United States gold coins, one of the most puzzling questions to ask is: what should I collect. The answer, of course, depends on your budget but it also depends on which sort of collection you are going to build: a set w…
    - 20 May 16, 5:39pm -
  • What is the Rarest New Orleans Half Eagle?
    A total of 17 half eagles were produced at the New Orleans mint between 1840 and 1909. Focusing on the No Motto Liberty Head issues (struck between 1840 and 1857) there are at least five issues which I would call “rare” (i.e., fewer than 100 exam…
    - 13 Apr 16, 4:54pm -
  • Civil War Eagles: A Rarity Study with Condition Census Information
    This is the first of potentially many articles which focus on rarity and Condition Census information in the Liberty Head eagle series. The first sub-group I’m going to focus on is the 11 Civil War issues. These coins are, with one exception, rare…
    - 19 Feb 16, 7:49pm -
  • A Date by Date Analysis of New Orleans Eagles, Part Two: With Motto, 1879-1906
    Earlier this fall I wrote the first part of this article, which discussed the No Motto eagles from the New Orleans mint. (You can find the full article here.) This second part focuses on the With Motto eagles from the Crescent City. Production of eag…
    - 20 Nov 15, 8:12pm -
  • A Date by Date Analysis of New Orleans Eagles, Part One: No Motto, 1841-1860
    Production of eagles at the New Orleans mint didn’t begin until 1841; two years after the introduction of the quarter eagle, and a year after the first half eagles from this mint were struck. The so-called No Motto eagles were made at New Orleans t…
    - 19 Nov 15, 5:58pm -

Perth Mint Bullion Blog

  • Perth Mint CEO shines light on Australian gold exports in live business broadcast
    It was a case of lights, camera, action at The Perth Mint this morning as leading figures from Western Australia’s business community gathered to report on the State’s economic fortunes live on Channel 9. Among the guests joining Today Perth News…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Aug 17, 2:15am -
  • WA gold resurgence ‘on radar’ of North American and British investment funds
    The Western Australian Goldfields region is attracting the attention of overseas investment funds as Australia’s mid-tier gold miners start to outperform their North American counterparts, The Kalgoorlie Miner reported last week. One of the miners…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 3:30am -
  • How much gold is in the London vaults?
    Buyers and sellers of precious metals welcome greater transparency. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and the London Precious Metals Clearing Limited (LPMCL) have just begun releasing data on gold and silver inventories in London vaults.…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 3:34am -
  • Gold a star performer in Australian minerals exploration
    As gold adds shine to Australia’s lacklustre minerals exploration sector, what and who is driving the upsurge in activity? Gold exploration rose 30 per cent year on year in the March quarter to make up 46 per cent of Australia’s total minerals ex…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 2:21am -
  • Monthly Sales – July 2017
    Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in July 2017 as coins and minted bars:   - Gold (Au): 23,675 oz   - Silver (Ag): 1,167,963 oz This chart shows total monthly ounces of gold and silver shipped as minted products by The Perth…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Aug 17, 6:11am -

Coin Collectors Blog

  • newLearning from History using Numismatics
    One of the most popular aphorism was written by philosopher and essayist George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Although it was one line in Volume 1 of his five volume The Life of Reason, the statement…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Aug 17, 12:30am -
  • Adding Collecting Guides
    Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a few writing projects that include primers about collecting numismatics. While some of these articles have allowed me to repurpose blog posts, I have had to create some content not posted before. In th…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 12:30pm -
  • Weekly Numismatic World News for August 13, 2017
    The reasons why counterfeiters are successful is that people do not pay attention. Even when people do allegedly pay attention, it is almost as if the brain is not engaging. A report from the U.K. says that people returning from mainland Europe are t…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 1:00am -
  • Lack of leadership at the U.S. Mint
    Following the sell out of the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set, a few readers asked if I was going to post a comment. I declined to let the rest of the industry have this discussion. I would rather have a discussion about a different…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Aug 17, 11:49pm -
  • Sirius Collecting
    Ancient Romans used to measure time by the position of the stars. One of the stars they observed was Sirius because it was the brightest star in the sky. During their observations, they found that starting about 20 days prior to its apex and 20 days…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Aug 17, 7:00pm -

Ancient Coin Collecting

  • Unintended Consequences
    Three years ago, coin collector and hobby advocate Scott Barman posted on his blog an insightful article about the nature of what others have described as ideologically inspired bureaucratic overreach.  He named the post "An Ancient Dilemma" and dis…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Jul 17, 2:37pm -
  • A Sad Day for America
    Today, Friday June 23, 2017, The Financial Services Committee of the House of Representatives held a hearing entitled "The Exploitation of Cultural Property: Examining Illicit Activity in the Antiquities and Art Trade." This is certainly a worthy top…
    - 56 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 10:07pm -
  • What happened to the Debate?
     I was disappointed not long ago when I heard that Ann Coulter's scheduled talk at Berkeley was cancelled by the university and the conservative Young America's Foundation that had sponsored her.  The action was taken in response to serious concern…
    - 56 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 8:45pm -
  • The Devil is in the Details
    In America, the concept of Representative Democracy theoretically provides each citizen a proportionate voice in government through the election process.  Those elected officials serve their constituents, and the nation in general, by creating the l…
    - 25 Apr 17, 2:56pm -


  • Lithuania 1.5 & 10 euro 2017 - Hound & Horse
    New CuNi and silver collectors' issues:"Nature series: Lithuanian hound and Žemaitukas horse"(news by Pabitra Saha)LINK: Bank of Lithuania
    - 21 days ago, 28 Jul 17, 8:04am -
  • Mexico 20 pesos 2017 - DN-III-E Plan
    New bimetallic circulating commemorative:"50 years of the DN-III-E Plan"(news and image by Limon Talha, Gijs Vlothuizen and Pabitra Saha)LINK: Banco de Mexico
    - 21 days ago, 28 Jul 17, 7:16am -
  • Cyprus 2 euro 2017 - Paphos, European Capital of Culture
    New bimetallic circulating commemorative planned for november:"City of Paphos, European Capital of Culture"The official logo:SPECIFICATIONSExternal ring: CuNiCenter disc: 3 layers, Ni-Brass, Ni, Ni-brassDiameter: 25.75 mmWidth: 2.20 mmWeight: 8.50 g(…
    - 29 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 1:45pm -
  • Bulgaria 2 levs 2017 - Elin Pelin
    New copper collectors' issue:"Bulgarian Artists: 140 years since the birth of Elin Pelin"(news and image by Pabitra Saha)LINK: Bulgarian National Bank
    - 29 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:56am -

Beautiful World Coins

Silver Coin Melt Values

  • Market Conditions Drag Silver Coin Melt Values to Four Year Low
    The third quarter of 2014, which ended with September, was not kind to silver coin melt values as the associated silver market slumped to levels not seen in over four years. This significant drop was more than enough to wipe out the gains realized in…
    - 1 Oct 14, 8:31pm -
  • Silver Coin Melt Values See Almost Double Digit Increases in June
    Silver coin melt values realized significant earnings in June as the precious metal posted gains for the month. The market’s positive entry ended a three-month slide for melt values which started in March. Closing out June on the 30th, the London F…
    - 1 Jul 14, 1:15pm -
  • Coin Melt Values in May 2014 Drop as Silver Loses Ground
    A continued slump in the silver market has now extended into three months bringing the melt values of silver coins down along with it. The London Fix for silver ended May 2014 down 1.4% from its position at the end of April. That loss was based on a…
    - 31 May 14, 5:36pm -

Coin News Extra

  • 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Coin Pricing
    Pricing for the upcoming 24-karat 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin has been established by the United States Mint.The gold coin and two other coin sets will launch this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy…
    - 6 Jul 14, 8:08pm -
  • 2014 Anniversary Kennedy Set, Gold Coins and Quarters Set in July
    The United States Mint will offer a unique range of products in July to include the first of the 2014 First Spouse Gold Coins, the first 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Set, and a set for young numismatists featuring a 2014 Baseball coin.Then there a…
    - 1 Jul 14, 2:48pm -
  • 2014 Baseball Set for Young Collectors
    Next month, on July 28, the United States Mint will release the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set. As its name implies, the product is geared toward youngsters.Specifically, the Young Collectors Set includes an uncirculated N…
    - 23 Jun 14, 6:44pm -

National Park Quarters

  • 2017 Ellis Island Quarters for New Jersey in Rolls and Bags
    Rolls and bags of quarters depicting Ellis Island in New Jersey go on sale Monday, August 28, 2017. This year’s fourth and overall thirty-ninth coin from the United States Mint program of America the Beautiful Quarters® features an immigration fam…
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  • 2017 Ozark Riverways Quarters for Missouri in Rolls and Bags
    Rolls and bags of quarters celebrating Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways become available on Monday, June 5, 2017. This year’s third and thirty-eighth overall coin from the U.S. Mint program of America the Beautiful Quarters® features a…
    - 78 days ago, 1 Jun 17, 7:00pm -
  • 2017 Frederick Douglass Quarters for DC in Rolls and Bags
    Rolls and bags of quarters honoring Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. go on sale Monday, April 3, 2017. The quarter-dollar is issued as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. It is the sec…
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