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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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
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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.
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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.
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The United States Mint has posted a video on the Mint's YouTube channel that details the production of the Code Talkers Congressional Medals. The video is only about ten minutes long, but it packs a lot of information into that short period of time. It begins by giving a brief history of the valuable service that the Code Talkers performed during World War I and World War II. The video concludes by giving a behind-the-scenes look on how the Congressional Gold Medals were produced in record time. This is the same technology that is used to produce coins at the United States Mint. If you have a few minutes, watching this video will be well worth your time.
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Whitman Publishing has released the second edition of the definitive guide to collecting American Silver Eagle coins. Written by the designer of the reverse and the 12th Chief Engraver of The United States Mint, John Mercanti takes you behind the scenes at the U.S. Mint. Professional numismatist and senior grader at Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), Michael "Miles" Standish rounds out the experience that is captured in this exceptional book. Whether, you are a seasoned American Silver Eagle collector or just beginning, this book has something for you. Find out more in my latest book review.
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Earlier last week, I wrote a blog about the United States Mint toying with the idea of producing a 24 karat gold commemorative Kennedy half dollar. I wondered what such a coin would look like so I fired up Photoshop® and created my own image of a gold Kennedy half dollar. The artists at the United States Mint also had the same idea and created their own images. You can click on the images in this article to see a high resolution photo of each mockup.
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The Royal Canadian Mint is going to release a 1 oz. silver Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coin with a privy mark to commemorate the 43rd World Money Fair, in Berlin, Germany that ran from February 7 to February 9, 2014. The coin is "premium struck for added relief and greater detail." I'm not sure if that means it is a special mint strike or a proof strike. But further on down in the product description it then states, "your coin is meticulously presented in a rare reverse proof finish (brilliant raised elements on frosted background)." Besides the mintage being limited to 7,500 coins, the only difference that I see between this coin and the regular collector's version is the small World Money Fair logo located beneath the Maple leaf on the left-hand side of the stem. Click on the photo above to see a larger more detailed image.
The United States Mint has previously released their Silver American Eagle bullion coin in a variety of finishes and produced them at unusual mint facilities (e.g. San Francisco) to commemorate different anniversaries. Lately they have been producing "limited edition" coins to meet the demand of the public (people can order as many as they want over a four-week period). This is a departure from the 2011 25th Anniversary Set fiasco that had a fixed mintage of 100,000 sets. I hope the United States Mint does not start adding privy marks or other gimmicks to their coins to purposefully create rarities and prevent dedicated collectors and customers from completing their sets.
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In 1916 Adolph Weinman won the U.S. Treasury Department's competition to redesign the half dollar. His design personifies Ms. Liberty wearing the American flag while striding east towards the rising sun. The reverse is dominated by a majestic bald eagle perched on a gnarled branch from a Mountain Pine tree. These two designs combined on one coin make this one of the most beautiful coins that United States has ever minted. You can start your own collection of Walking Liberty half dollars for just a few dollars over the silver melt value of the coin. Whether you are a new collector or an advanced coin collector looking for a new series, the Walking Liberty half dollars have something for everyone.
Get Started Collecting Walking Liberty Half Dollars:
- Walking Liberty Half Dollar Collecting Guide
- How to Collect Walking Liberty Half Dollars
- Walking Liberty Half Dollar Values & Prices
- Walking Liberty Half Dollar Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties
- How to Grade Walking Liberty Half Dollars
- Walking Liberty Half Dollar: Specifications, Details, Mintages and General Information
2014 Proof 24K Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Concept Coin
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Yesterday I received a Press Release from the U.S. Mint regarding the February 11th meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. This committee is composed of citizens of the United States that act in an advisory role to the Secretary of the Treasury with regards to coinage issues. I noticed that the second item on the agenda is, "Discussion of a 2014 24K Gold Kennedy Half-Dollar special product." I have taken the liberty of using Photoshop® to create a concept image of what the coin would look like. Since the half dollar is just a little smaller than the American Buffalo 24K Gold Coins (30.6mm vs. 32.7mm), I would assume it would sell for a little less than the current $1,590.00 per coin. Personally, I like the looks of it. What do you think? Post a comment or voice your opinion in the poll below.