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Kick start a challenge

Did you ever want to be part of creating and issuing a coin? Think about how you would feel to help a community create a challenge coin for itself. In the process of helping the community, you can collect one of these challenge coins for yourself. If you provide enough assistance, then you can own [...]

K Foundation Burn A Million Quid

Early in the morning of 23 August 1994, in an abandoned boathouse on Scottish island of Jura, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty burned £1,000,000 pounds. It was the majority of the fortune they had earned in their brief career as pop stars (their band was The KLF). Show More Summary

Do the coins of Antiochos IV depict the Medusa Rondanini?

The Seleukid emperor Antiochos IV, who ruled from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC, gave the Athenians a golden aegis with the Gorgon upon it. Presumably Pausanias, who lived in the 2nd century AD, actually saw the aegis at the theater in Athens. Show More Summary

Dave Surber (of Wildwinds) collection being auctioned Tuesday

Many of you use, a web site cataloging ancient coins built in 2000 by Dave Surber. Dave Surber passed away suddenly five years ago. His collection is being auctioned on Tuesday by Agora Auctions. 46 Greek coins, 61 Roman Provincial, 133 Roman Imperial, 21 Byzantine and Medieval. 26 lots of books. 35 group lots.

ANA must examine ethics of dealers

As a member of the American Numismatic Association, I call on the ANA Board of Governors to open an investigation for the purpose of taking action regarding the violation of the ANA Code of Ethics by the dealers who caused the dangerous situations at the World’s Fair of Money, the Philadelphia Branch Mint, Denver Branch [...]

Report to ANA Board of Governors on new web service security

I was not able to make it to Rosemont for the World’s Fair of Money but wanted to deliver a statement about the security of the new website and service. The following was the statement I sent. I apologize for not being with you in Rosemont to deliver this personally, but I wanted to [...]

Kennedy gold opens strong

Although I am not able to attend this year’s World’s Fair of Money, I have been keeping up with the news coming out of Rosemont. Amongst the interesting news reports are those about the long lines collectors were standing in for the 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin. There was even a story [...]

50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set

The 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set is one of three products being offered in 2014 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar. This set includes a folder, coin card with uncirculated finish coins from the Philadelphia and Denver facilities, and certificate of authenticity. Show More Summary

Introducing the new

The future of the American Numismatic Association began on Friday, August 1 with the launch of the new ANA website! What are you talking about, the ANA has a website. This is the NEW website with a new look and new technology. But it’s the ANA, the website must be like putting lipstick on a [...]

Summary of July coin-related legislation

While doing my monthly review of the numismatic-related political news for the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee, I came across a bill that seems to have missed the numismatic press. One reason it was missed might be that the provisions are buried in a larger bill and has a name that might not be [...]

2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set

Hey batter, batter!!…….The United States Mint proudly presents the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set, featuring the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Uncirculated Half-Dollar in a rotating capsule. Perfect for any young collector or baseball fan, this product features the “United States Mint Kids” characters (a boy, a girl and their […]

Sales Limits on Kennedy gold

According to the U.S. Mint: Because of the expected overwhelming response, dialog with our customers and many others interested in the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin, the United States Mint is reducing the over-the-counter purchase limit to one unit per customer. This change in the purchase limit will give more members of the [...]

2014 Herbert Hoover $1 Coin Cover

This limited-edition coin cover—only 20,000 will be produced—honors President Herbert Hoover, who served as our 31st President from 1929-1933. The United States Mint official American Presidency $1 Coin Cover honoring Hoover features two coins from the first day of production at each United States Mint facility in Philadelphia and Denver. This product is available today! […]

2014 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Coin – Grace Coolidge

The second released in 2014, the Grace Coolidge First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait of Grace Coolidge on its obverse (heads). As first lady, she promoted education for the deaf and drew attention to the needs of the disabled. Mrs. Coolidge used her position to promote many groups, including leadership and community service activities […]

2014 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Coin – Florence Harding

The Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coin, the first in the series released in 2014, features her portrait on the obverse (heads). The reverse (tails) features multiple facets of Harding’s life, including stylized ballots and a ballot box, camera, torch and initials referencing World War I veterans. This coin is available today with proof and […]

After further review…

Since my post about the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, I had a few readers suggest that my interpretation of the meeting may not be accurate. Several mentioned that the discussion was a follow up of the April meeting where these issues were initially discussed. It was also pointed out [...]

To the moon!

We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills; because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are [...]


The trials and tribulations of ancient coin collectors today are nothing short of Kafkaesque. Almost 100 years ago, Franz Kafka wrote the short story below. We share it here because it will resonate so profoundly with many friends and associates in the numismatic world. Show More Summary

High relief special eagle and missed opportunities

This afternoon, the Citizens Coin Advisory Committee approved a proposal by the U.S. Mint to produce an ultra-high relief or just a high relief gold coin whose design has not been determined. The coin will comply with all applicable design laws but the obverse will be a more modern interpretation of liberty and the reverse [...]

High relief speculation

Last week, the U.S. Mint sent a notice on its press list to announce the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 3 PM. As usual, the meeting will be held at the U.S. Mint Headquarters located at 801 Ninth St. NW, in Washington, DC. What caused a buzz amongst the numismatic [...]

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