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|Archived Since:||June 9, 2008|
LookTel Money Reader is a $9.99 iPhone app for the blind. Using the cameras phone it identifies dollar bills. There is support for the US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, and Australian Dollar. There is a cool minute-long YouTube video showing it in action.
PCGS is reporting that they received 5,500 fake coins in the last twelve months. It costs about $25 to submit a coin, so no obviously false coins would have been part of this count. All 5500 coins were at least deceptive enough to fool typical collectors of slab-quality coins.
Quzhou Fake Ancient Coins Factory is a supplier on Alibaba.com. The factory's Alibaba page offers fifty different ancient coin types. I have not inspected any of them personally but a coin from the same dies as the one in the photograph above was published in 2007 by a noted Bulgarian scholar as genuine (I think... Show More Summary
The Royal Canandian Mint is proposing a digital currency. A developer is showing some details.
I have been too busy to post. Mostly learning Ruby, not collecting unfortunately. Anyway, I wanted to mention Thomas Levenson's Newton and the Counterfeiter. Amazon has the hardcover at $10 and the paperback at $6. If the historical Isaac Newton had never become mint master the theme of this book would have been ridiculous. Show More Summary
Michael S. Shutty Jr., One Coin is Never Enough. Paperback, 251 pages, $25. In this book Shutty discusses his collecting practices (Buffalo nickels and large cents). Shutty is a psychologist and he explains various experts' psychological theories of collecting. Show More Summary
This tiny obol of ancient Kelenderis (8.5mm in diameter, 0.77g) has a form of ancient damage that I have not seen before. First, the reverse. There are three raised dots on the wing. I had originally thought they were a decorative and...Show More Summary
A 16 minute documentary video by Anthony Krause and Matteo Rosati. It was produced by UNESCO's Venice office. Coins are briefly shown being repatriated to Bulgaria (from Canada) at 12:30. Coins are shown being repatriated to Turkey (from Serbia) at 12:50. Coins also appear for a few seconds at 3:30 but are not discussed.
The Unicode standard has some new currency and banking symbols. 1F4B0 ???? Money Bag 1F4B2 ???? Heavy Dollar Sign 1F4B3 ???? Credit Card 1F4B8 ???? Money with wings (!) 1F4B4 ???? Banknote with Yen Sign 1F4B5 ???? Banknote with Dollar Sign 1F4B6 ???? Banknote...Show More Summary
New introduction to coin forgery by Ilya Prokopov: “The World of Coin Forgery - Part 1”. Prokopov's books can be purchased from SP-P Publishing House.
The solidus was a Roman coin but it is also the name for a punctuation symbol that looks exactly like a slash. The Wikipedia article explains that '2 pounds, 10 shillings, and 6 pence' was written as £2 ? 10 ? 6 (as an alternative to '£2 10s. Show More Summary
I usually avoid tooled coins but this Kushan coin is one of my favorites. I really like the three-fingered Santa Claus but not as much as as the goggle-eyed horse rider. I see this piece more as the equivalent of a hobo nickel than as a damaged ancient coin.
Many collectors are looking with amazement at the catalog for the upcoming part 1 of the RBW collection. The catalog can be downloaded in three parts from Numismatica Ars Classica.Numismatica Ars Classica is offering an import guarentee to US customers. Show More Summary
I recently became aware of a paper on 3D scanning of ancient coins delivered two years ago at the 22nd CIPA Symposium. The paper, by M. Kampel of the Pattern Recognition and Image Processing Group at the Vienna University of Technology along with S. Show More Summary
This English-language TV coverage is from New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television.
In this case, pre-2004 cupronickel 1 peso coins of the Philipines. According to a story in the Manila Standard by Roderick T. dela Cruz, “In 2006 it even discovered that an international syndicate was smuggling out the copper one-peso coins”. Show More Summary
One topic that is ever-popular in online discussion groups is outrageous shipping and handling fees. Reuters blogger Felix Salmon recently described a transaction in which the shipping and handling fees alone are expected to be $400,000,00. Hugo Chávez intends to ship 211 tons of physical gold from London to Caracas Venezuala. Show More Summary
Theo Gray tells PopSci.com How to make convincing fake-gold bars. He's never actually done it. He believes his recipe is more difficult to detect than the fake gold bars in Ethiopia's central bank.(Anyone interested in gold bars...
Next year Baldwin's will auction The Prospero Collection. Baldwin's site doesn't yet have the catalog but it does have a 19 page Flash animated brochure featuring many rarities including an Alexander the Great Poros dekadrachm and the...Show More Summary
Welcome readers who are discovering this blog because of Kevin Barry and Zach Beasley's “The Internet Connection” column in The Celator.Other blogs mentioned were Ancient Coins, Ancient Coin Cleaning and Restoration, and Vox Populi.I...Show More Summary