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America the Beautiful Quarters 2015 Proof Set

Start your 2015 collection with some real beauties. This proof set of all five 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters is a must-have in any coin collection. The proof coin set comes in special packaging with quarters encased in a protective lens you’ll be proud to display.  Buy It Now! Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint

American Eagle 2015 One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

Fine silver; purely American — the 2015 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin is here! A collector version of the official United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin — Featuring a frosted foreground, mirror like background, and the stunning Walking Liberty design; this coin contains one troy ounce of.999 fine silver and […]

Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

Commemorate the birth of our longest-serving president with this set, which includes proof coins, silver and bronze medals, and postage stamps. The Roosevelt coins, medals and stamps are displayed in a rich green folder covered in a soft-touch material with a handsome textured look that is very gift-worthy.  Buy It Now! Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint

2015 Kennedy Half Dollar: 200-Coin Bags & 2-Roll 40-Coin Sets

The 2015 Kennedy Half Dollar Bags and Rolls include circulating quality coins minted at the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia and at the U.S. Mint at Denver that have never been placed into circulation. The obverse (heads) design of the half-dollar features a 1963 portrait of President John F. Kennedy.  Shop Now! Image/Copy:  U.S.Mint

Surviving the chase

Once I heard about a collector who didn't care what he had to pay for a coin, and cared even less what he could eventually sell his collection for. I have yet to meet him, but he probably does exist—somewhere. More typically, collectors...Show More Summary

Did the Ancients believe the Earth was round?

A debate over whether the ancients knew the world is round has been simmering for centuries, and still pops up now and then. In the February 1998 issue of The Celator, Michael Marotta presented a well thought out argument for the affirmative ("Ancient coins show they knew it was round"). Show More Summary

You Thought It Was More

Louis Colavecchio with Franz Douskey and Andy Thibault 426 pages. $24.99, $9.99 on Kindle Louis Colavecchio's book cover describes him as the "World's Greatest Counterfeiter". That seems to be a standard claim for the genre. Who would...Show More Summary

Truth is still important

My post of last week provoked a response that deserves some attention. A Punk Archaeologist @adreinhard posted on Twitter three Facebook profile photos of me with bold captioned "quotes":1. "The AIA taps your phones to find out where your archaeology is hid"2. Show More Summary

AIA and IS: birds of a feather?

Al-Queda - ISIS - ISIL, whatever. The rampant Islamic State (IS) has much in common with the present leadership of Archaeology in America. Both are dedicated to the repression of knowledge and the perpetuation of radical ideology. The news this past week reports ransacking of the Mosul Library and the gloating of AIA over the resignation of the St. Show More Summary

Where's Waldo? John Hooker, always inspiring and provocative, has outdone himself in today's blog. In part twelve of his series speaking to the discipline...Show More Summary

Coins Galore.

Originally posted on Digging History:Greetings my friends. The gusting wind was so disruptive the other night that many obstacles, mostly broken branches and wheely bins, were scattered across lawns and pavements and needed careful avoidance, as I took out my little dog Sam, for his early morning walk. The wind was still very strong…

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.


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 [...]

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