Friday March 7, 2014
I have a few ancient coins in my collection, but hardly anything to write home about. I bought them from a knowledgeable coin dealer a few years back so they were already attributed. This can be quite the challenge since ancient coins may have very few identifying marks that are familiar to us United States coin collectors. Nonetheless, I find ancient coins fascinating and endlessly interesting. If you're a beginner or a knowledgeable ancient coin collector, you may want to check out Whitman's 100 Greatest Ancient Coins book.
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Wednesday March 5, 2014
The United States mint has announced that the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins will go on sale at 12:00 EST on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The price of the coins has yet to be determined and will be posted on the Mint's website shortly.
The following coin options will be available for purchase:
- Clad Half-Dollar - Uncirculated
- Clad Half-Dollar - Proof
- Silver Dollar - Uncirculated
- Silver Dollar - Proof
- $5 Gold Coin - Uncirculated
- $5 Gold Coin - Proof
Image Courtesy of: The United States Mint, www.usmint.gov
Thursday February 27, 2014
Professional Coin Grading Service has authenticated, graded and certified 1,427 U.S. 19th century gold coins that were found in eight, decaying metal canisters buried on private property in California's gold country. The coins are dated from 1847 to 1894, and the majority of them are $20 denomination Liberty Double Eagles struck at the San Francisco Mint between 1855 and 1894. Kagin's, Inc. of Tiburon, California, is the PCGS Authorized Dealer that recently submitted the treasure trove to PCGS for certification. Described as the "Saddle Ridge Hoard," Kagin's estimates the current market value at more than $10 million. The 1886-S $10 Liberty Gold Eagle pictured above is graded at MS 66 and is the finest known example in existence.
Image Courtesy of: Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) - www.pcgs.com
Tuesday February 25, 2014
In my February 4, 2014 blog, I broke the news that the United States Mint was considering the production of a 24 karat gold Kennedy half dollar. In the nonscientific poll that I conducted, over 50% of the people who responded would like to purchase the 24 karat gold commemorative Kennedy half dollar, but cannot afford to buy gold coins.
My Canadian Silver Proof set just arrived with the special selectively gold plated 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of the First World War silver dollar. This sparked my imagination so I fired up Photoshop® and got to work. What if the United States Mint produced a selective gold-plated half dollar? This would keep the cost of the coin down since it would only be made of silver instead of 24 karat gold, but you would still have the brilliance of gold on the surface without the cost. What do you think? Voice your opinion by posting a comment or voting in the poll below. Click on the image above to see a larger more detailed photo.
Image Courtesy of: James Bucki and The United States Mint, www.usmint.gov