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Ancient Astronauts

Mike Markowitz covers The “Alien” Coin for CoinWeek.

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 laws under which we all manage to co-exist. Show More Summary

The Law and Ultra Vires

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire, an apologist for cultural property nationalists and a critic of private ownership and trade in cultural property, has posted on his blog a quite lucid history of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) experiences in District and Appellate Court over the past eight years. Show More Summary

Video on creating 'coins' with CNC machine

I stumbled across this 9 minute video which shows the process of creating a medallion with realistic bust using a CNC machine. The medallion produced looks quite good! It looks better than most of the 'coins' featured in do-it-yourself coin making videos. Show More Summary

WGS Interview

I recently came across an interview that I did a few years ago for CoinSupplyPlanet.com and thought it may be worth sharing here since it is still as relevant as the day it was recorded. http://blog.coinsupplyplanet.com/interview-wayne-sayles/ The full interview can be viewed and read at the link above

Print on demand catalog of the coins of Troas

I recently purchased a Print on Demand copy of Warwick Wroths 1894 catalog of the British Museum collection Catalogue of the Greek Coins of Troas, Aeolis, and Lesbos. Google scanned three copies of this book: from the University of Michigan,...Show More Summary

Artist Mike Bouchet makes art gallery smell like money

(via BoingBoing!): Perfume maker perfects the smell of American paper currency.

ISEGRIM search form

ISEGRIM is a database of 60,000 Greek coins of Asia Minor developed by Otfried v. Vacano at the University in Düsseldorf. There are no pictures. Unlike other search sites, instead of filling out forms the user was to write "queries" using a special syntax similar to Lucene. Show More Summary

Happy 2017!

Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, we should look forward to better times for our hobby, our nation, and our world. I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2017 and hope that you find the key coin of your dreams! Images courtesy of the U.S. Mint.

Want the last Weekly Numismatic World News test run?

In October, I asked if there was an interest in receiving a newsletter of containing the coin, currency, and bullion-related stories I find on the Internet that is being reported in the non-numismatic media. With a significant number of you who responded with interest, I decided to move forward to see what I can do. […]

Quick catch up…

Last I reported, I had travelled to Philadelphia to see the students at Juaniata Park Academy that we raised money to visit the U.S. Mint and Federal Reserve. I did make it to the school despite the flat tire and other problems my Chevy Avalanche experienced along the way. We did have a one-hour visit […]

Correction and Update on Jeppson’s position at the Mint

I recently found out that I have been wrong about the employment status of Rhett Jeppson, the current Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint. Previously, I said that Jeppson is a member of the Senior Executive Service, the government executive program. He is not. Jeppson is was appointed by the President of the United […]

Philly students visit Mint and Fed

As you know, I took on a project to fund a trip for the sixth grade class of Juniata Park Academy of Philadelphia so that they can visit the Philadelphia Mint and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to learn more about their money and how it plays into their everyday lives. I received a note […]

Save now for the 2019 Apollo 11 Commemorative Coins

Every year since coming into office, President Barack Obama and his family packs up and flies to Hawaii for an end of the year vacation. Obama was born in Hawaii and still has some family on Oahu. Before leaving Washington, he will sign whatever bills are sent to him by congress. According to the White […]

Return of the Centennial Gold Merc

The U.S. Mint announced that they will sell off the remaining Mercury Dime 2016 Centennial Gold Coin starting at 12 Noon Eastern Time on Thursday, December 15, 2016. Although the website says the price is $200, it is likely that the opening price may be $205 based on the U.S. Mint Centennial Gold Price Grid […]

Royal Canadian Mint celebrates Star Trek’s 50th

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. I admit to being fascinated by space and space travel. This has to go back to my watching […]

Apollo 11 commem bill passes Senate

On Friday, December 9, during an early evening session under suspension of the rules, the Senate passed the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2726). Since the bill was passed in the evening, it will be engrossed. When a bill from congress is passed it is then engrossed. Engrossing a bill is the […]

Godspeed, John Glenn

Over the years, society has started labeling people heroes for doing something as minimal as their job. While some of these jobs require a heroic sense of self, like running into a burning building to save trapped people, they are really not heroes. We should remember that these people do an extraordinary and dangerous job […]

Odd surface on presumably fake coin

I show here two coins from the same die pair. The high grade example is a Bulgarian replica of a Neapolis stater. The damaged example was sold as genuine on eBay this spring. This replica shows up being offered from time to time as genuine. Show More Summary

3D model of Kushan coin

The Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw has provided a remarkable 3d scan of a Kushan bronze coin. The model was done by Otto Bagi and Sergi Mañas Jolis. Apparently photogrammetry was used to to infer the 3D coordinates. Show More Summary

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