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Smithsonian now able to digitize 400 numismatic objects per hour

An article by Max Kutner in Smithsonian Magazine discusses efforts to digitize 250,000 bank notes, tax stamps, and war bonds from the National Numismatic Collection. Twenty people are able to digitize 3500 items per day, suggesting the whole project will take 72 business days. Show More Summary

St. Louis Society statement regarding deaccessions

The following statement was issued today by Professor Michael J. Fuller, President of the St. Louis Society, an active chapter of the AIA since 1906:"The Archaeological Institute of America, St. Louis Society owned a collection of 40 small artifacts for 100 years. Show More Summary

Missing the Point

Most in the world who have followed the events of recent years in the field of cultural property management are hardened to the bizarre and tend to take it in stride. However, nearly everyone was perplexed when the Archaeological Institute of America politburo began spewing venom at one of its own affiliates, the St. Show More Summary

U.S. Mint gets a new Deputy Director

Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios announced yesterday that Rhett Jeppson will be joining the United States Mint as Principal Deputy Director. Jeppson comes to the Mint from the Small Business Administration where he served as the Acting Chief Operating Officer and as an Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development. Prior to joining the [...]

New Year, New Congress, and a new Director for the BEP

As congress convenes for its 114th session there are questions as to what the new Republican majority would do with their power. For numismatists waiting for congress to authorize the U.S. Mint to do anything, there may not be many changes from the last congress. Since financial bills are constitutionally required to start in the [...]

Happy New Year

Looking forward to another great year of U.S. Coins from The United States Mint.

2015

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 2015 and hope that you find the key coin of your dreams! Images courtesy of the U.S. Mint.

And now, the end is near

And now, the end is near  And so I face the final curtain.My friend, I’ll say it clear  I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain... As we wind down the end of a very interesting 2014, we also come to the end of the 113th Congress. This congress has been as inactive as any. [...]

A Festivus Half-Dollar Festival

Arriving in time to celebrate Festivus was my order from the U.S. Mint. The sense of timing was interesting since December 23rd was also the seventh day of Chanukah and the last of the eight candles would be lit that night and the day before Christmas Eve. Call it a celebration in a box! In [...]

American Eagle 2014 One Ounce Platinum Proof Coin

The 2014 American Eagle one ounce platinum proof coin commemorates the sixth and final principle of the Preamble Series, “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity.” Each 2014 American Eagle one ounce platinum proof coin contains 99.95 percent platinum and is packaged in a custom–designed portfolio presentation case.

Franklin D. Roosevelt 2014 Presidential One Dollar Coin & First Spouse Medal Set

Commemorate a presidency of unrivaled legacy with this unique product that includes an uncirculated quality Franklin D. Roosevelt $1 Coin and an Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Bronze Medal bearing a likeness of the First Spouse Gold Coin. The coin and medal are held in a durable plastic card enhanced with beautiful representations of the President’s and […]

Why 7.2 billion notes

Last week, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing announced that the Federal Reserve had ordered the printing of 7.2 million Federal Reserve Notes for Fiscal Year 2015. This represents over $188 billion in currency. According to the Federal Reserve, the number of notes they order depends on the predicted growth in demand and the predicted [...]

First Spouse 2014 Bronze Medal Series

The 2014 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series – Four Medal Set 1 5/16 inch bears the likenesses of this year’s First Spouse Gold Coins honoring Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge, Lou Hoover and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt on the obverse (heads) side of the medals. The medals are packaged in Mylar®, inserted into a folded card containing […]

50th Anniversary Kennedy 2014 Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection

Four unique ways to honor 50 years of the Kennedy half–dollar. The 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half–Dollar Silver Coin Collection includes four Kennedy half–dollar coins struck in 90% silver in four different finishes, one from each of the U.S. Mint’s coin production facilities. Something special for any collector or the perfect gift!

New law to protect the hobby

With the midterm elections behind and the anticipation of the changes, congress still had work to do in the lame duck session. Over the last few sessions, congress has been their most productive during lame duck session as polling and focus groups has lead to those running for re-election to fearing the fast moving news [...]

Everglades National Park 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags

Capture the majestic beauty of Everglades National Park. The fifth quarter to be issued in 2014 and the 25th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags – Everglades National Park pays tribute to the beauty of one of Florida’s most beautiful park

Everglades National Park 2014 Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin

Capture the majestic beauty of Everglades National Park. The 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Everglades National Park is the final release of 2014 and the 25th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. It pays tribute to the beauty of one of Florida’s most beautiful parks and the largest […]

Fictional bridges on Euro banknotes constructed in the Netherlands

“'The European Bank didn't want to use real bridges so I thought it would be funny to claim the bridges and make them real,' [Dutch designer Robin Stam] told Dezeen.” (via Marginal Revolution)

America the Beautiful 2014 Quarters Circulating Coin Set

An ideal set for anyone who loves our national parks and sites, the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™ honors Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Arches National Park in Utah, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado and Everglades National Park in Florida. This set comes […]

2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Everglades National Park Three Coin Set

The 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set – Everglades National Park features one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Philadelphia, one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Denver and one proof quarter from the United States Mint at San Francisco. This set – featuring coins held in […]

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