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Weekly World Numismatic Newsletter for March 4, 2018

I apologize for being a day late. Interesting numismatic-related news out of the week is coming out of the United Kingdom. The Royal Mint has introduced 26 special 10 pence coins, with each reverse having a letter of the alphabet and an image representing that letter. For example, the 10p coin with “A” honors the […]

February 2018 Numismatic Legislation Review

I really want to say something pithy in this month’s legislative update, but nothing comes to mind. It is a situation where there is both a lot and a little going on. There is a lot of talk coming from Capitol Hill but there is little else. The number of bills and resolutions have reduced. […]

Really? A real tribute proof? Give me a break!

While watching television, a new advertisement sent off the usual bells and whistles that the numismatic industry needs to watch out for. Our “friends” at the National Collectors Mint has seized on the story of the dies and drawings of a potential 1964 Morgan Dollar that was first published in the fifth edition of A […]

Weekly World Numismatic Newsletter for February 25, 2018

Here we go again. Another story about how one country is starting to go cashless and the pundits crawl out of the woodwork saying that the United States should do the same. There are a lot of reasons why this will not happen in the United States. One of the biggest reason is the overall […]

A growing problem in the collecting industry

It is difficult to turn on the television, read the news, or visit social media without the tragedies of the day smacking us in the face. Although crime statistics are the lowest it has been in generations, there are some crimes that have seen a rise. Those are the crimes that are given the headlines […]

You know there are more ways to bid than eBay

There are many ways to collect numismatics and there are many places that a collector can find items to add to a collection. Collecting can be an expensive hobby regardless of what is collected. Whether it is numismatics or comic books, one piece is never enough and there is always a desire to collect an […]

Weekly World Numismatic News for February 18, 2018

If there is one story from this week that makes my blood boil is from the Houston Chronicle. They reported that a 72-year old woman was duped by the National Collector’s Mint (NCM) into purchasing $1.3 million in alleged rare coins. The elderly woman, like many other elderly who may not have the experience to […]

ANA: January is National Hobby Month

Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? After reading that, you are now saying, “But Scott, it’s February!” Yes, but I did not know that January is National Hobby Month until I received a letter in the mail from the American Numismatic Association informing me of this fact. The ANA, like other non-profit […]

POLL: What do you think about Presidential Silver Medals

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Mint announced to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee that they would be producing silver medals based on the design of previous presidential medals. These medals would be struck using the same.999 silver planchets that are used for the American Silver Eagle coins. The U.S. Mint thinks that the […]

Weekly World Numismatic News for February 11, 2018

The news article that caught my eye this week is a commentary produced on the website for WDEL, a radio station in Wilmington, Delaware about an advertisement that appeared in Wilmington’s News Journal newspaper for the “First-Ever Official Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII Champions Legal Tender Coin.” An online search found the item for sale […]

Recording provenance in the blockchain

An October 2017 article by Peter B Campbell in The Guardian, “Archaeology and blockchain: a social science data revolution?” discusses using blockchain, the computer technology that ensures Bitcoins are not counterfeited, to record provenance data for antiquities. Show More Summary

Himyarite coin with ancient South Arabian script

Unicode has included letters for the ancient South Arabian script used in Himyarite coins for a long time but I have never seen them used except in sites about Unicode itself. Here is a coin from mint ???????????????? (=RYDN, Raidan/Raydan, at Zafar in Yemen). Show More Summary

XRF testing

At the ANS seminar Counterfeits: the Threat to Collecting and Scholarship several people from the museum community remarked analyzing the metal in coins using X-ray fluorescence (XRF). This technique is said by some people to be nearly as good as other techniques that are much more expensive. Show More Summary

Black Sea Hoard dies

The American Numismatic Society hosted a seminar on Counterfeits: the Threat to Collecting and Scholarship with presentations by David Hendin, Robert Hoge, and Ute Wartenberg. For me the most exciting part was inspecting dies from the...Show More Summary

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire...

The Committee for Cultural Policy has pointed out on several past occasions that exaggerated media reports, of Islamic State (ISIS) income from the sale of looted antiquities to art and coin collecting communities, are and have from the start been unfounded. Show More Summary

The difficulty of photographing gold coins

Here are six professional pictures of the same coin. These pictures appeared on the auction catalog or web sites of numismatic auctioneers Harlan J Berk, Classical Numismatic Group (twice), Heritage, Stack's Bowers, and the coin grading company Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Show More Summary

Weekly Numismatic World News for August 27, 2017

This week, the BBC reported about Toby Robyns, a 52-year-old ambulance driver from the U.K., who may be facing an up to three-year prison sentence for trying to take home ancient coins he found on a beach in Turkey. Immediately, my thoughts turned to a story I wrote about my friends in a similar situation. […]

How about a Numismatic World News Podcast?

For the last few weeks, I have been publishing the Weekly Numismatic World News every Sunday evenings. These posts consist of links to the articles that I find around the Interwebs along with a commentary on one of the articles or something else related to the news. I had an idea. Rather than just post […]

Numismatic Eclipse

As we wait for the shadow of the moon to trek across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, I was curious as to whether there were coins ever created to commemorate any of the past eclipses regardless of location. Allowing an online search engine to help, I was able to find a few […]

Weekly Numismatic World News for August 20, 2017

In my nearly 12 years of writing this blog and occasionally delving into the reasons for the fluctuating prices of precious metals and their impact on the numismatic market, there have been some fundamentals that have driven that market. As I was reminded in one of the articles in today’s list, “Is Now The Time […]

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