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The Top 10 Most Valuable Coins In The World | James Bucki

This list of the most valuable coins in the world features coins that were actually sold and the prices that they realized. There are coins that are unique, housed in museums and will never be available for sale to the general public. Since these coins are considered “priceless” they are not included in this list […]

U.S. Mint gives more time to comment on alternative metals

If you have not provided your opinion to the U.S. Mint about their study of alternative metals for circulating coins, the time to provide comments have been extended. According to the Federal Register (79 F.R. 32363 [PDF]), the National Armored Carriers Association (NACA) requested an extension stating that additional time is necessary to provide an [...]

2014 America the Beautiful Quarters® Rolls and Bags | Shenandoah National Park

The second quarter to be issued in 2014 and the 22nd overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Rolls and Bags – Shenandoah National Park pays tribute to the beauty of one of our most treasured national sites. Its reverse design depicts a day hiker taking in the […]

D-Day + 70 years

Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious invasion in history. Originally scheduled on May 1, it was rescheduled to June 5 and then June 6 because of weather. Commanded by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the invading force consisted of 156,000 Allied troops using 5,000 ships and landing craft bringing on shore 50,000 vehicles with overhead support [...]

Summary of May coin-related bills

S. 2303: United States Coast Guard Commemorative Coin Act Sponsor: Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT) • To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the United States Coast Guard • Introduced: May 7, 2014 • Referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Track this bill at [...]

Change for a Dollar

Time has come that there is once again change coming to the money in your pocket. This one is so subtle that you may not even notice the difference. Last week, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing announced that as part of new cost savings measures, BEP will be producing the $1 Federal Reserve Note [...]

Memorial Day of 2014

Decoration Day was first celebrated by Freedmen, freed southern slaves, May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina to honor the service of the 257 Union soldiers buried at the Washington Race Course. Today, Washington Race Course is known as Hampton Park. The next year, southern states began their own Memorial Days to honor their soldiers [...]

A Greek die deteriorates

For many years I suspected the animated coins above were modern forgeries. The first die in the animation looks very strange. There are dots within the snakes surrounding Medusa, a very unusual feature. The first die shows blunders, such as two dots on the tongue. Show More Summary

New School Archaeology

As the State Department hearing on a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Egypt approaches, comments have appeared online espousing divergent points of view. Readers of this blog will naturally be most familiar with the views of private collectors and independent scholars. Show More Summary

Open Letter from Dr. Alan Walker to Dr. Jane DeRose Evans

Dear Professor Evans,I was recently sent a copy of the letter you sent in support of the proposed MOU with Egypt.I wonder if I might ask you for some clarifications?You speak about the "Coinex Hoard" of Egyptian AE (published and commented...Show More Summary

No, it wasn’t a double-strike

Too many serious topics lately. Let’s have a little numismatic fun. It was a busy day. While I really wanted to go out for lunch, all I had time for was to go to the cafeteria in the building where I work to get something quick. After settling on something I went to pay handing [...]

Ancient Collectors need your help

Before I begin today’s missive, please read the story I wrote about my friends who were arrested at the airport of a foreign country after digging up the $20 worth of ancients coins they found on a beach while playing in the sand. Go ahead… (click here) I’ll wait! It is difficult to ignore the [...]

You should comment to the U.S. Mint

As part of its ongoing study of alternative medals to be used for coinage mandated by the Coin Modernization, Oversight, and Continuity Act of 2010, (Public Law 111-302 [PDF]), the U.S. Mint is seeking comment from “ stakeholders” as to the impact expected if congress was to approve a change in coinage metals. The Request [...]

Summary of April coin-related legislation

Our long national nightmare is over, congress finally passed some sort of numismatic-related legislation. But do not get too excited because today’s news out of the House of Representatives is only the beginning. Next is for the Senate to do nothing while the bill languishes in committee. H.R. 627: National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative [...]

Sperber: Get it right!

“I can’t wait to see what a disaster the ANA new web site will be.” This statement is not from someone who is just a member of the American Numismatic Association. This is the statement of Laura Sperber who is a member of the ANA Board of Governors. I am not taking the statement out [...]

Checking die matches with Gimp

Recently I tried to compare the dies between an XF specimen and a damaged one. I mistakenly thought both dies matched, but actually only the obverses seem to match. Let me explain how I use Gimp software to compare dies in the difficult cases. Show More Summary

Stay Safe Online: RCNA warns of attempted phishing attack

The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association sent email to its members notifying them that on April 24 someone attempted a phishing scam trying to impersonate the RCNA Executive Secretary trolling for information. The RCNA did not send out an email note asking for information and recommended deleting them email. Phishing is the term used to describe [...]

Let's not forget to comment on the ancient Egyptian coins for the proposed MOU

Last week Peter Tompa suggested we should comment on a proposed emergency restrictions on the import of ancient Egyptian coins being considered by the US State Department. I don't have much to say about Egyptian coins. I have three in my collection. Show More Summary

Having Fun with numismatics and learning without coins

If education is a lifelong project, then numismatics is the perfect vehicle for continuing education. If you are only collecting the metal, the plastic surrounding the metal, or the paper without understanding the stories behind them, then you are missing the richness of the story behind those objects. These stories makes those coins, paper, medals, [...]

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