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India considers banning the melting of ancient coins

An article by Shakti Singh in The Times of India quotes Indian Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Hansraj Ahir promising to “Pursue with the government the need to frame rules to prohibit melting of ancient coins.” "I personally...Show More Summary

Provenance: Nice but not Law

As a result of persistent ideological proselytization, some elements and indivduals within the Federal bureaucracy have come to believe that importation of common ancient coins manufactured in countries with which the U.S. has negotiated...Show More Summary

An imitation of Perseus/Pegasos?

Mithridates the Great issued thick bronze coins depicting Perseus wearing a Phrygian cap with griffin head decoration, and Pegasos on the reverse. Classical Numismatic Group Recently bronze coins of Mithridates have been appearing on the market in large quantities. Show More Summary

Leave it to the Experts

Where in the world does the press come up with their "experts" on cultural property matters? The latest brazen show of ignorance appears in a citation by "leading world museums and the U.N. Cultural agency" in a supposedly expert warning distributed through a plethora of media outlets by Associated Press. Show More Summary

Imitations of the bronze coinage of Pontos

Some time around 95 BC Mithridates the Great ordered a massive emission of bronze coins depicting on aegis of Athena with the Medusa's head at the center to be struck at seven of his mints in ancient Pontus on the Southern coast of the Black Sea. Show More Summary

Las Vegas Numismatic Society // Year End Meeting

The last LNVS meeting of the year will be this Saturday, November 14th.  The 5th Annual Turkey Race will be taking place and we are having a special raffle featuring a 1914-D $2.50 Gold Indian Coin.  Raffles, door-prizes, special refreshments, coin supplies, presentations and lots of fun.  My Nephew and I won a great prize last meeting, […]

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CN 22 from Poland

Yesterday I received a silvered bronze plaquette depicting a WWII event by the Polish artist Bohdan Chmielewski (1927-2014). The medal is interesting but instead of blogging about the medal I will show the Customs Declaration. The CN 22 form tells us that the item is a 'Podraunek' (gift), a medal, weighing 26 pounds (or 261 grams?). Show More Summary

Grading Parthian Coins

Many Parthian coins in very high grades are available for purchase. I have no data but it seems like dealer inventories are larger than usual. I wondered if this indicated new hoards had been found. I wanted to see if I could measure a change in the average grade of dealer advertised stock. Show More Summary

Conflict Coins

Last Wednesday Ute Wartenberg Kagen spoke on a panel at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. I didn't get to see the panel, as the US State Department's live stream was down. The American Numismatic Society has posted a paper in which she gives her views, entitled Collecting Coins and the Conflict in Syria. Show More Summary

Meet me in Atlantis

Mark Adams, Meet me in Atlantis It's good! I will depart from my usual practice of covering coins and technology and mention a recent book I enjoyed that has little of either. Mark Adams' Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City documents the charming cranks and visionaries who are searching for the ruins of Atlantis. Show More Summary

Blundered inscription (?)

SYRIA, Antioch. Imperial Times, I-II Century AD? AE14 (2.00 gm). Obv:...NITOIN (blundered ANTIOXEWN?); Laureate head of Apollo Rev: A; Lyre. References: Lindgren and Kovacs, 1949v. SNG Copenhagen Syria #125. I wanted to briefly mention...Show More Summary

Blue Ridge Parkway 2015 Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin

Based on the design of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, the 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin is truly a treasure fit for any coin collection. The third release of 2015 and the 28th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® program, the reverse (tails) design depicts the grace and curvature […]

2015 John F. Kennedy — Coin & Chronicles Set

The United States Mint today successfully launched its 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set—John F. Kennedy. The Mint sold 25,000 sets via its website in the first 10 minutes of sales which began at 12 noon, Eastern Time.  All of the Mint’s systems performed as expected.  After the first hour, sales totaled over 40,000 units.  The […]

2015 Coin & Chronicles Set – John F. Kennedy

2015 Coin & Chronicles Set – John F. Kennedy PHILADELPHIA (P) This limited-edition Coin and Chronicles set – only 50,000 will be produced – honors President John F. Kennedy, who served as our 35th President from 1961 – 1963. The United States Mint Coin and Chronicles Set honoring Kennedy features one reverse proof finish 2015 […]

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set PHILADELPHIA (P) Together in one special set – The 2015 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set – Johnson includes both the uncirculated Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential $1 Coin and the Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson bronze medal, bearing a likeness […]

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