• seperator

Mint strikes fewer coins in October

Output of the circulating coin denominations, cent through quarter, fell across the board in the month of October from the levels of one month before. The only increase came in the Presidential dollar coin column for the Denver Mint, which … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment

Size varies, but gold content same

Can coins of two different sizes contain the same half-ounce of gold? When it comes to First Spouse coins and the new gold Walking Liberty half dollar, the Mint says the answer is yes. The question cropped up when Numismatic … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment

Hobby is thriving, if you know where to look

By Matthew Andrews In the recent issues of Numismatic News, there have been many articles expressing views of the state of the coin collecting hobby. All have been depressing, to say the least. Comments range from the need to mentor … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Features, General News, News, Viewpoint | Leave a comment

Camel caravan, orchid notes to top auction

A 1951 China People’s Republic 10,000 yuan, Pick 858a, is expected to take top price in Heritage’s Dec. 7-9 World Currency Signature Auction. The sale is slated in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair at The Mira Hong … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment

China marks Long March anniversary

This past October saw the 80th anniversary of the Red Army’s Long March. This is one of the most significant events in modern Chinese history. It foreshadowed the subsequent rise of the country’s Communist Party with Chairman Mao at the … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment

New pound resists faking

In March Britain’s 30-year-old round pound will be on the way out, its place taken by a new, secure, bimetallic dodecagonal (12-sided) pound. On Nov. 1 the British Treasury launched a campaign to support retailers and other businesses in preparing … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment

Proof of the Month

The First National Bank of Cannon Falls, Minn., charter 2387, lasted less than three years between 1878 and 1881 before being converted into the Citizens Bank under a state charter. During its brief existence the bankers used only $5s which … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment

Thai coins to mark king’s death

Thailand announced Oct. 18 that it will follow a time-honored tradition by issuing commemorative coins to mark the cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died earlier in October. The king, also known as Rama IX, had been … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment

Hanging subject of engraved medal

On Oct. 19 the British auction house of Woolley & Wallis sold a rare and unusual, hand engraved token/medal from Wiltshire. It shows a man hanging in a gibbet cage. The reverse carried the legend around the rim “FOR THE … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment

Copper pushes up melt values

You can’t get rich hoarding pre-1982 copper cents, but melt value has been rising in recent weeks. At $2.45 a pound, copper is up 29 cents from Aug. 17, pushing up the melt value of the familiar copper to 1.63 … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, General News, News | Leave a comment