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PCGS ups the bounty

Catching up with the numismatic news from the last few weeks, I saw a note that Professional Coin Grading Service is offering a bounty of $10,000 each to view and grade five of the very rarest coins. PCGS will grade the coins and return them to their owner along with the $10,000 reward. It started […]

Will you help?

There are no bigger heroes in daily society than teachers. Teachers are entrusted with our children to teach them while working through the societal, social, and political issues to ensure that our future is educated. In the face of attack by people who think they know better and politicians who want them to do more […]

US Department of Justice settles with accused counterfeiters

See part 1 Real or fake US coins? Photo: FORMERFEDSGROUP.COM via blogs.wsj.com Joe Palazzolo, writing for Wall Street Journal blogs, reports that the United States Justice Department has settled with three scrap metal importers. TheShow More Summary

The gorgons of Mallos part 2

Part 2: The uninscribed Earring Gorgons See Part 1. In 1883 Imhoof-Blumer published a rare gorgon/sphinx obol in his book Monnaies grecques and proposed that it was minted at Nagidos. 130 years later there is still no agreement on the mint of origin. Show More Summary

The gorgons of Mallos

Part 1: Was a gorgon featured on the earliest coinage of Mallos? Classical Numismatic Group, e-auction 174, October 2007, lot 55. Sometime around 400-300 BC the Greek city of Mallos issued a small bronze coin depicting the gorgon’s head on the reverse. Show More Summary

New interview with Frank Bourassa

Brigitte Noël has interviewed counterfeiter Frank Bourassa. Bourassa's crimes were previously detailed by Wells Tower for GQ. This World's Greatest Counterfeiter created $200,000,000 or $250,000,000 of counterfeit US $20 bills.... Frank dropped $125,000 on a four-color Heidelberg offset printer. Show More Summary

Steven Andrew Sayles 1964-2016

Steven Andrew Sayles was born in Gander, Newfoundland on March 14, 1964 to Wayne G. and Sharon L. (Greshay) Sayles. As a child, Steve had an inquisitive nature and was far more worldly than his years might have suggested. He was an avid...Show More Summary

A Piece For Every Coin Geek // Shop ebay Collectibles Now!

With the coin and collectible market getting ever so competitive.  It’s great to see Coin World and ebay collaborating.  They hope to pull the tech-geek and the coin-geek together.  I love to see this kind of networking because the history of both of these fields are so unique and ever so fascinating.  I’ve visited the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley […]

An Intellectual Curiosity

"We treat all stakeholders with a vested interest in the site with the same intellectual curiosity, which means we interact with and learn from local populations, dealers, collectors, looters, government employees, archaeologists, museum...Show More Summary

RESTART

Frequent readers here will know that I have tried on at least two prior occasions to restart the focus of this blog and avoid cultural property issues which only lead to frustration and ill will. Unfortunately, those issues can tend to take over one's thought process and overpower the intent of a blog itself. Show More Summary

Funding Terrorism

In the wake of the U.S. Senate's Finance Committee passage of a bill “to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural and other disasters, and for other purposes.” Every thinking American ought to give some serious thought to the part that includes "for other purposes". Show More Summary

Provenance search service

A press release from Ex-Numis informs us that a company has been formed to search out lost coin provenances. The Ex-Numis web site tells us that it will cost 5 Swiss francs (about US$5) to submit a coin image to the service. Then, if...Show More Summary

Keep The Change: A Collector's Tales by Harley J Spiller

Keep the Change is a curious book written by Harley J. Spiller, also known as Inspector Collector. The full title is Keep the Change: A collector's tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and other Curious Currency. 112 pages, softcover. Show More Summary

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

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