Jun 20, 2022 | administrative, commentary, news
Now is the time for all exhausted people to take a necessary vacation. If you are tired of the pandemic, need a breather, worked your behind off, and have not taken a break, it is time you take a break.
Disconnect from the world and go away. Rent a boat and go out into the middle of the ocean and enjoy the view. The sound of the boat’s engine and the wake it leaves behind is symbolic of washing away the cares and worries of the day.
Yes, I am on holiday and relaxing. It is time to get away and enjoy myself after starting a business and ensuring it survives through the pandemic. Change is coming but not before I recharge the batteries. Even after driving over 10 hours and spending two days away, I recommend going away to just relax. I know the price of gas is up along with everything else. Then go for one week instead of two. Leave for an extended weekend. Find a bed and breakfast of a lovely Airbnb somewhere and just go. Having a break is good for your mental health. And what good is collecting if your mind is scattered in the doldrums?
In the meantime, if I find anything fun in numismatics, I will let you know.
And now the news…
June 10, 2022
The American Women Quarters Program aims to celebrate and honor women who have made history in the US. This week, Wilma Mankiller was honored, and she will be featured on a limited quantity of US quarters. Mankiller was the first women to serve as principal chief of a major American Indian tribe.
→ Read more at thehill.com
June 14, 2022
It is increasingly common to see various options on the Internet for collectible products, such as coins, action figures, artistic pieces and even banknotes that are currently in circulation in Mexico.
→ Read more at california18.com
June 14, 2022
The new Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery of Numismatics at the Yale University Art Gallery showcases objects from the museum’s numismatics collections — rare and unique coins, medals, and paper money. The Circus Maximus, the stadium where Romans gathered by the tens of thousands to watch chariot races and other spectacles, had lap counters shaped like dolphins.
→ Read more at news.yale.edu
June 19, 2022
It would undoubtedly be strange that among the coins most sought after by collectors, and therefore most appreciated, is the paltry 1 cent coin. Rare one-cent coin – Nanopress.it
→ Read more at hardwoodparoxysm.com
Jan 31, 2022 | administrative
Earlier this month, the Coin Collectors Blog passed 10,000 email subscribers. More than 10,000 people receive an email notification every time I publish an article. It is amazing!
I started this blog with a post on October 31, 2005. When I published the post, I did not know how long I would write about collecting, the market, my thoughts on the hobby, and anything else that came to mind. I did not think that I would still be doing this more than 16 years later.
The Coin Collectors Blog is a labor of love, and I enjoy the hobby so much that I want to share it with everyone. I seek out stories in the non-numismatic media to share with people on Twitter and collect news releases to publish on the Coin Collectors News site to give collectors a place to find the latest news.
Whether you are new to the blog or have been with me for many years, THANK YOU! Thank you for joining me on my numismatic adventures.
Jan 1, 2022 | administrative, commemorative
2021 was a little better than 2020. We saw some of the world return to a normal with vaccines that allowed the return of coin shows. Unfortunately, the Omicron variant may put a damper on the immediate future. Please wear a mask, maintain a social 6-foot distance, wash your hands regularly, and be considerate of your neighbors and fellow citizens. I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2022 and hope that you find the key coin of your dreams!
2022 Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative clad half-dollar reverse
2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative clad half-dollar obverse
2022 Quarter Obverse design by Laura Gardin Fraser
2022 Tennessee Dollar
Dec 25, 2021 | administrative
As we celebrate the holidays and the new year, I hope we can remember those less fortunate who might need our help. Helping a neighbor is the best gift we can give and a sign of love beyond measure.
May the holidays find you happy, hopeful, and healthy.
Reverse of the 2009 Latvia 1 Lat coin with the Christmas Tree on the reverse (Image courtesy of Latvijas Banka via Numista)
Reverse of the 2012 Latvia 1 Lat coin with the Christmas Bells on the reverse
Aug 13, 2021 | administrative, auction, coins
I will take this moment to personal privilege to announce that my late father’s coin collection is now up for auction.
My Father’s Coin Collection Auction
AUGUST 29, 2021 at 6:00 PM
You can find the auction
After cleaning out his house and gathering the coins hidden in many places, the entire collection was cataloged, imaged, and is now online for anyone to bid. The collection includes both United States and Israeli collectibles.
My father liked modern commemorative coins and collected almost everything produced by the U.S. Mint, including Mint Sets, Proof Sets, Prestige Proof Sets, commemorative coins, and American Silver Eagles. The collection has many Olympic commemorative coins. It was his way of supporting the Olympics and getting a coin in the process.
When you look at the coins from Israel, you can see that he collected nearly everything. In the piles of coins were appreciation medals from the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation for being a top customer. The collection includes many different sets that I learned about by going through this collection.
There are 557 lots of coins in this auction that will close on Sunday, August 29, beginning at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. To prevent sniping, it is a “soft close” auction. Bids received in the last 30 seconds before the auction closes will extend the bidding for another 30 seconds. Bidding will continue until at least 30 seconds passes after the final bid.
SHIPPING IS AVAILABLE
Apr 19, 2021 | administrative, ANA
This year, National Coin Week celebrates the anniversary of the last of the large dollar coins. One hundred years ago, the U.S. Mint brought back the Morgan dollar while coming up with a new design that eventually became the Peace Dollar. Also, 50 years ago, the U.S. Mint began production of the Eisenhower dollar. These three coins were 38.1 mm in diameter and were the last of the large circulating coins.
As part of the Nation Coin Week Celebration, the American Numismatic Association is offering a discount on the GOLD (digital) membership. For $5, you can join the ANA for one year.
Let’s make joining the ANA more fun! The first 25 new members who join the ANA through this link
will pay Zip, Zilch, Nada!
If you are not a member of the ANA, I will pay your 2021 Gold Membership dues for the first 25 readers
of the Coin Collectors Blog who join during National Coin Week. All you have to do is click this link
and use the Promotion Code NCW21SB
when you check out.
In addition to being the world’s largest numismatic organization, the ANA offers collectors resources to learn more about your collection. Aside from the shows, my three favorite resources are:
- The Numismatist. There are a lot of great writers talking about numismatics. The Numismatist brings you the best of the writing that can inspire you to learn more or spend money on new collectibles. With the Gold Membership, The Numismatist is delivered electronically so you never have to worry about it being lost or damaged in transit. Since the ANA has digitized every issue dating back to 1888, it serves as a historical reference of numismatic knowledge. Members can access the digital archives from any computer and there is an app for tablets.
- The Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library. If it is not printed in The Numismatist, the Library has more than 128,000 items that members can check out. All you pay is shipping, and you can check out books, catalogs, and other resources. I have a box of books I am going through now!
- Directly submit coins to NGC. As an ANA member, you can apply for an account with NGC and send your coins directly for grading and encapsulation. Currency collectors can submit their collectibles to PMG. You will have to pay for the grading service but you can submit without becoming an NGC or PNG member.
Click this link
and the first year of your GOLD membership is FREE!
Offer expires on April 24, 2021 or when 25 new members join only at info.money.org/ncw-2021-barman.
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Mar 29, 2021 | administrative
Last October, I announced that the Coin Collectors Blog and Coin Collectors News will change the subscription service to use WordPress to send email updates. Unfortunately, the family experienced a tragedy that caused postponement of a lot of plan.
Now it is time to move the subscription system. On April 1, 2021, I will turn off Google’s Feedburner service and exclusively use WordPress. However, WordPress does not allow me to import email addresses from the old system. Those interested in receiving updates via email must subscribe via the form below or in the sidebar.
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Feb 27, 2021 | administrative
Dear ANA Member:
I NEED YOUR HELP!
I want to run for the ANA Board of Governors, but the pandemic and a project that took too long to complete prevented me from collecting the signatures for the petition I need to appear on the ballot.
CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME APPEAR ON THE BALLOT?
I do not have enough signatures on the petition to appear on the ballot. If you are an ANA member, can you please sign a petition and send it back to me so that I can appear on the ballot?
If you can help:
- Download a PDF of the petition from → this link.
- Sign the petition and please include your ANA Member Number.
- Use your smartphone and take a picture of the top part with your signature and email the image me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you can scan the paper and send it as a PDF, that would also help. In either case, I need the image of your signature with your ANA member number.
Your signature is not an endorsement of my candidacy — although I would appreciate your support. This exercise will allow me to appear on the ballot.
THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 1, 2021!
The deadline to submit signed petitions is the close of business at the ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs on Monday, March 1, 2021. I would like to submit the signatures by noon Eastern Time (where I live) on Monday.
NOTE: Once the signatures are submitted and verified by the ANA, I am not going to keep the files.
Jan 1, 2021 | administrative, commemorative
With 2020 now behind us, let us hope for a better year. Until the COVID-19 vaccines reach at least 70-percent of the population, please wear a mask, maintain a social 6-foot distance, wash your hands regularly, and be considerate of your neighbors and fellow citizens. I wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2021 and hope that you find the key coin of your dreams!
2021 Christa McAuliffe Silver Dollar (U.S. Mint line art)
2021 National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Commemorative $5 Gold Coin (U.S. Mint line art)
Nov 11, 2020 | administrative, news
Some of you may have noticed that the Coin Collectors Blog and Coin Collectors News sites have been down for a few days. I apologize. There have been technical issues that were resolved (obviously).
It shows that even for a retired expert, this computer stuff can be complicated. But for a government agency with a full-time professional staff and contractors with alleged expertise, the ordering experience of last week’s End of World War II 75th Anniversary American Eagle Proof Coins coins was not an acceptable situation.
My issue was coordinating a response with a hosting company to resolve my issues. The U.S. Mint should not have the same issues. They should have control over the systems and manage the contractor that is providing their service.
Unfortunately, I learned that government agencies do not manage contractors well. Contracts officers (CO) do not show the willingness to make contractors take responsibility for their work. Their technical representatives (Contract Officer Technical Representatives or COTR, pronounced CO-TAR) are ineffective since they tend to serve two bosses, the CO and the project leader.
When I worked for one of the bureaus in the Treasury Department, efforts to consolidate information technology functions did not end well. Each bureau had their reasons for the others not to play in their sandbox. However, the U.S. Mint’s network was a candidate for expanding Internet-related connectivity for applications. Their systems and network could handle more Internet traffic at the time than any other bureau. The U.S. Mint’s IT staff pushed back on the attempt to consolidate with them.
It appears that little has changed with the U.S. Mint. They seem to be circling their proverbial wagons to protect themselves while only tacitly recognizing a problem. After recognizing the problem, then they have to figure out how to fix it.
One of the most significant mistakes government agencies make is not producing proper requirements that contractors can answer. How do they know if the contractor can do the work if you have not told them exactly what to do? The biggest failure of government projects is the lack of appropriate requirements analysis. So far, it looks like attempts to update their web-based services were incomplete and may be a victim of this failure.
Let’s hope that the U.S. Mint will figure it out and make the necessary changes because it is frustrating for the numismatic industry.
And now the news…
October 31, 2020
TEHRAN – A total of 5,000 historical coins being kept at Rasht Museum of Anthropology in northern Gilan province have been documented. “5,000 coins dating back to different historical epochs including Achaemenid, Parthian, Elamite, Sassanid, Umayyad, Al-Buwayh, Seljuks and Mongol ilkhans, and Elymais, have been documented,” the provincial tourism chief Masoud Hallajpour announced on Saturday.
→ Read more at tehrantimes.com
November 3, 2020
CHICAGO — Coins were in short supply last month at El Nopal Bakery in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood as the coronavirus pandemic and statewide shutdowns stymied the flow of coins through the economy.
→ Read more at seattletimes.com
November 3, 2020
An incredibly rare 900-year-old coin unearthed by a metal detectorist has sold for almost £30,000 at auction. The silver penny issued by a Yorkshire landowner was found by Rob Brown in two inches of mud in a stubble field near Pickering.
→ Read more at dailymail.co.uk
November 5, 2020
November 7, 2020
The coins date from between 1657 and 1667, pointing to their minting shortly after the Deluge, a series of wars with Sweden throughout the 17th century which wreaked havoc and destruction throughout the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
→ Read more at thefirstnews.com