Some have noticed the new buttons on the Coin Collectors Blog for Buy Me A Coffee. Buy Me A Coffee is a service for content creators to earn a little money on their content. It is like Patreon but more flexible.
Rather than sell advertising that gets in the way, this is a way to crowdsourcing the funding that will help offset the rising cost of hosting the Coin Collectors Blog and new projects.
I am using Buy Me A Coffee like a tip jar. If you like what you read, hit the button and buy me a coffee. Have you been reading a while and want me to keep going? Hit the button and buy me a coffee.
Right now, I have two extras available through Buy Me A Coffee. Both are a small charge to help identify and give more information about your coin. For $5, I will help identify your U.S. coin, provide some background, and estimate its value. For $10, I will help with all other coins.
On my Contact page, there is an option to ask the questions through Buy Me A Coffee. But if you don’t want to pay, send a note anyway. I have been answering these questions for many years and will continue. After the answer, please consider Buying Me A Coffee.
Within the next week, I will make an e-book available through Buy Me A Coffee. Stay tuned for that announcement!
In the meantime:
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.
Since I missed posting the news from Sunday: and now the news…
December 17, 2019
A men who attempted to smuggle £450,000 in counterfeit £1 coins into the UK have been jailed for 50 months. Edward Magill (pictured) of Northern Ireland conspired with a haulier to smuggle the old-style round coins – which were manufactured illegally at the European Central Mint (ECM) in Westpoort, Amsterdam – into the UK in December 2012.
→ Read more at securingindustry.com
December 17, 2019
Not using proper cleaning methods will permanently damage your coin. Read on to learn how to clean coins safely and easily here. Is your challenge coin in need of a good scrubbing?
→ Read more at baltimorepostexaminer.com
December 19, 2019
Seven coins and a Roman ring that were found by three metal detectorists have been declared treasure. The ring, found in Newport in October 2017, is decorated with a pattern representing a palm branch.
→ Read more at bbc.com
December 20, 2019
(Updated: 1:26 p.m. EST, 12/20/2019) Topline: Queen Elizabeth II approved a plan for new 50 pence coins to be minted with January’s planned Brexit date, first reported by Bloomberg, after two other coins meant to mark the occasion were scrapped previously when the U.K. failed to exit the bloc.
→ Read more at forbes.com
December 22, 2019
Builders have stumbled upon a treasure trove of 200-year-old coins worth nearly half a million pounds. The 10,000 coins were discovered during renovation work in the historic city of Krakow in Poland.
→ Read more at dailymail.co.uk
The result of the sale of the Enhanced Reverse Proof 2019-S American Eagle continues to reverberate through the hobby. Industry reporters continue to hear from collectors that they feel like the U.S. Mint is taking them for granted.
The biggest question is, how did all of these dealers get these coins in inventory? How did others find the stock to flip on sites like eBay?
Dealers and speculators are at it again. It is similar to the chaos they caused for the opening of the 2014 JFK 50th Anniversary Gold Proof Coin. They hired people to shand in line for them who caused a near riot. Now, they have taken these manners to cyberspace.
How can the U.S. Mint fix the issue?
The best answer I have heard came from William T. Gibbs at Coin World, who suggested a dedicated sales window for established customers. Gibbs wrote:
For popular limited edition coins like this one, the Mint should open the sales first to established customers — those individuals who qualify in some definable way as being loyal Mint customers. That could be based on such factors as dollars spent on Mint products over a period of time, or total years that a customer has bought items from the Mint. Open a 24-hour window catering to these customers only and then, if any coins remain, open sales to new customers.
What an excellent idea!
The U.S. Mint can create a “Collector’s Club” where non-commercial customers can earn points. The more points, the closer to the front of the line you get to access limited edition items. They can slowly add perqs for better customers, including levels for reduced and free shipping.
There is no reason to prevent the U.S. Mint from making the Collector’s Club a policy. The only question is whether they have the wherewithal to implement something like this. I do not think they do, but I hope they prove me wrong!
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 2019 and hope that you find the key coin of your dreams!
2019 Native American $1 coin — American Indians in the Space Program.
2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Silver Dollar
Whether you celebrated Chanukah
“10 Zuz” Silver Hanukkah Gelt — ca. 19th Century from Eastern Europe (Image courtesy of Moreshet Auctions)
Observed Festivus, for the rest of us
FDR dime struck on a nail (stand in for Festivus Pole) (Imaget courtesy of Heritage Auctions)
Having a Merry Christmas
Reverse of the 2009 Latvia 1 Lat coin with the Christmas Tree on the reverse (Image courtesy of Latvijas Banka via Numista)
Or will begin celebrating Kwanzaa
1999 Angola 1 kwanza as a stand-in to help celebrate Kwanzaa (Image courtesy of the Currency Wiki)
I hope you are having a joyous holiday season!
On a personal note, my wife and I just left Boomer at the vet hospital. Boomer is 12 years old and celebrated his 12th anniversary with us on December 2. Since we were never able to have children, Boomer was our first four-legged child. It will be hard to imagine life without Boomer so we are hoping for the best.
For the last few weeks, a few have noticed that there has been a slowdown in my postings. Several have written during the last week-or-so asking if I was doing well and whether I have abandoned the blog.
To those who have written, thank you for your concern. Following a bought with a sinus infection, I am doing well. But that was not why posting has slowed.
I mentioned that I started a business working with collectibles and estates. From a 4,000 square foot warehouse with a 400 square foot showroom, my staff and I are working with a diverse crowd interested in all sorts of items from memories in vinyl records to vintage comic books. We are also working with estates and downsizers to help sell off assets via private branding online auctions.
When I started, I thought the business would be a good idea. It would fill a niche that does not exist in this area of Maryland. When I opened the doors at my 4,000 square foot space, I told my wife that the place is so big that it may take more than a year to fill the space.
I opened the doors at the end of June without advertising. I thought I would begin with organic growth while completing the setup. The advertising campaign began in August. By mid-September, I had a client list that created more demand for our services than I can serve from the 4,000 sq ft warehouse. In October, we are generating revenue that I originally projected would have occurred six months from now.
I knew I had a good idea but I did not know this business would take off as fast as it is!
For now, I am working seven days a week and late into the evening. Although I try to take Sunday off, I have to work today. But I do not mind. I am having fun.
I am meeting new people and allowing myself to enjoy this process. And it allows me to do practice what I preach… I may be the boss but my employees have a say in how things are done. They are encouraged to tell me when I do something wrong, offer suggestions, and make some decisions on their own. My assistant allowed some unusual consignments that later turned into quick and profitable resales. She’s good!
As for the Coin Collectors Blog, I am still posting stories to social media and collecting the best ones for this weekly post. I do have a number of posts I started but never finished that I will get to shortly—including my thoughts on the Apollo 11 Commemorative coin design. I just need to complete the priority tasks for the next few days then I will be back.
And now the news…
October 15, 2018
A commemorative series of £5 coins has been released to mark the Prince of Wales' birthday. It features an engraved portrait of Prince Charles, who turns 70 on 14 November. The Royal Mint, based in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, also struck coins for his 50th and 60th birthdays. → Read more at bbc.com
October 15, 2018
A $1 coin has caused a storm on social media after its owner spotted an odd feature, but there is a simple explanation to this ”˜time-travelling’ coin. The heads side of the coin is marked with the year 2019. → Read more at finance.nine.com.au
October 16, 2018
In less than a month, many nations around the world will mark a momentous date. This year, November 11th will be the 100th anniversary of the Armistice to end the horrific tragedy of the First World War. → Read more at rcinet.ca
October 16, 2018
One of the very first pennies produced in the U.S., estimated to be worth $1 million, will be auctioned in Baltimore next week. The 1792 Birch Cent will be auctioned by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore on Oct. → Read more at foxnews.com
October 17, 2018
A mind-blowing coin with a nifty hidden mechanic is wowing the internet. The object in question was made by Roman Booteen, an Instagram artist who creates intricate carvings on Zippo lighters and coins. → Read more at mashable.com
October 17, 2018
German prosecutors have indicted four young men over the brazen theft of a 100-kilogram (221-pound) Canadian gold coin from a Berlin museum. The "Big Maple Leaf" coin, worth several million dollars, was stolen from the Bode Museum in March 2017. → Read more at miamiherald.com
October 18, 2018
“The most wonderful time of the year” is quickly approaching, and you know what that means. Parties, potlucks and…plenty of time to show off your beloved bullion coins, collectors coins… → Read more at invest.usgoldbureau.com
Have you ever received coins or currency in your change with a message?
If you have, please drop me a note because I am interested in these items.
Sometimes, someone will write or stamp a message about something on currency. Messages can range from someone calculating their tip to political messages.
Messages on coins are different because they are smaller. We do not see too many messages on modern coins but I have seen a few coins with stickers and counterstamps. I am interested in those, too.
1837 U.S. Large Cent Counter stamped with “CWB”
(Image courtesy of Linkville Coins & Antiques)
A common collectible made in the late 1960s through 1970s
(Image courtesy of collector.com)
MacDougall’s Stickered Lincoln Penny, Seattle, WA(Image courtesy of Past & Present blog)
One of the most common messages on currency is “Where’s George?” Where’s George is an online database that contains the tracking information for over 280 million unique notes. It is one of those sites created for fun that is also educational. You can watch where the dollars you spend are circulated.
But other than Where’s George what other graffiti have you seen on United States currency?
Please tell me what you found. I am interested in obtaining a high-resolution scan or purchasing the item.
Just to keep my sanity, here are some simple rules:
- It has to be something found in current circulation and not a collectible from the past. Please do not write a message on your currency and claim you found it.
- Stamped messages on currency are preferable but if you find a series of notes with the same message and handwriting, please let me know.
- There are no restrictions on the message. It does not matter whether either of us is for or against the message, I am interested in whatever you find.
- As with any rule, there are exceptions: I do not want currency stamped for Where’s George and short snorters.
- If there is an offer to purchase, it will be for face value plus postage.
- If you do not want to sell the item but willing to provide a high-resolution scan (minimum 300 dpi in PNG or JPG format) I will ask you to sign a release so that I can publish the image.
The items I buy or request scans is solely at my discretion.
Using the items in my project is also solely at my discretion.
Credit will be given to all who help whether or not I use the item.
Although the vast majority of my audience is in the United States, I may consider messages on currency from other countries. If you find something, let me know.
“U.K. Average Income,” Occupy Liz, by Ivan Cash and Andy Dao, 2014. (Image courtesy of Slate)
Let’s see what we can find!
Normally, I do not directly publish news items but this is important for the entire community.
Did you receive an email or call trying to sell you a Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money hotel room?
The ANA did not authorize this.
It has come to our attention that a third-party booking company inaccurately representing itself as our hotel vendor is contacting ANA members, dealers and exhibitors, offering to book you a hotel room at the ANA World’s Fair of Money; some even provide a promotion code or will misrepresent that they are calling from the hotel.
ANA is not utilizing any housing service vendors for the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money. Nor has the ANA shared your email with anyone.
Room reservations for the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money should be made directly with the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown (the show’s host hotel) either by phone – 1-888-236-2427 (mention ANA World’s Fair of Money to secure the group rate) – or via our website at www.money.org/worldsfairofmoney/lodging. Should you want to stay elsewhere, we strongly recommend calling the hotel directly or using a reputable online service such as Hotels.com or Expedia.com.
If you provide your credit card information to any of these unauthorized vendors, your card may be charged but you may not have a reservation when you arrive in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, this is a well-known scam perpetuated on unsuspecting conventioneers across the country.
If you have any questions about the World’s Fair of Money hotel block, or general questions about the show, please contact Jennifer Ackerman at firstname.lastname@example.org, Christie Cooper at email@example.com, or call the ANA Convention team at 1-888-448-3262. Complete information about the show is also available online at www.worldsfairofmoney.com.
Do you have an interest in public policy and its impact on the numismatic community? How are your research skills? Can you search multiple sources to find those issues from the local, state, federal, and international politics that could be reported to numismatic and bullion dealers? It would be a real plus if you were able to contact and network with people on Capitol Hill to find information whether it is on background or that can be published.
Can you keep up with the policy changes during the month and write about it in a monthly newsletter?
If you have an interest in writing about the public policy of the numismatic and bullion industry as it affects dealers, then please contact me.
Aside from being interested in the topic, you must be able to write for a general audience. This includes having a good understanding of the policy (sausage) making processes and be able to write about it coherently. To get a better understanding of the type of writing this work requires, you can read the posts here under the legislative category.
This is a once per month newsletter with a stipend.
I am not the person doing the hiring but I am helping the hiring manager fill this position.
If you are interested or have further questions, please contact me.
I wanted to keep this week to writing more about numismatics than commenting on something going on. Unfortunately, that changed with an alert showing up in the Federal Register that the David Ryder nomination is on hold. That put a funk on the week.
During the week I was able to pick up something for my collection and find a few cool banknotes. That helped pick me up for the week. Adding to my collection is always fun and learning is essential to keeping the mind sharp.
There was a lot of news this week. I was able to whittle the number of interesting stories down to 11. It is compelling to see how numismatics is seen from the non-numismatic media.
There was also a lot of news from the numismatic industry including the announcement of the passing of Ed Rochette. A sad loss for the community.
If you want to keep up with some of the announcements from the community, you can watch the Coin Collectors News site, the sister site to the blog. You can watch the news directly on the site, from the “Recent News” widget on the sidebar, subscribe to the RSS feed , or subscribe to receive notices by email. If there is news, you will only see one email per day.
And now the news….
January 22, 2018
TEHRAN, Jan. 22 (MNA) – Police officials in Iranian northern city of Qa’emshahr arrested three antique smugglers who were illegally trafficking 299 antique coins of Sassanid era. → Read more at en.mehrnews.com
January 23, 2018
Former landscape architect Ben Huang started his coin cufflink company Patinova after noticing a gap in the market. His jewellery has taken off and he’s branching out into other Chinese-themed accessories → Read more at scmp.com
January 24, 2018
Russia now has a coin commemorating the iconic Russian musician, actor, and poet Vladimir Vysotsky, who would be 80 years old on January 25 if he were still alive. → Read more at rferl.org
January 25, 2018
Business briefs from the Daily Pilot newspaper. → Read more at latimes.com
January 25, 2018
A first look at the new R5 coin celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth → Read more at brandsouthafrica.com
January 25, 2018
A vast selection of coins and medals is on display at the National Numismatic Exhibition, opened earlier this week at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. It is being presented by Heritage Malta. “This valuable collection shows us and reminds us of our country’s eventful and rich past,… → Read more at timesofmalta.com
January 26, 2018
PJ police have managed to recover a unique Roman coin that was stolen from a religious sanctuary in Alijó, Vila Real, Northern Portugal, over 30 years ago in 1985. → Read more at theportugalnews.com
January 26, 2018
The tourist attraction lets you 'strike your own coin' → Read more at walesonline.co.uk
January 26, 2018
Melbourne company Highland Mint continues to flip out over its role in Super Bowl — making the *the* Super Bowl coin that decides who gets the ball first. → Read more at floridatoday.com
January 26, 2018
A stash of gold coins is latest clue that shipwreck 40 miles off NC is that of the steamship Pulaski. → Read more at charlotteobserver.com
January 26, 2018
One man spent £150,000 on the coins – which are now worth no more than £50,000 → Read more at nottinghampost.com