Weekly World Numismatic News for August 7, 2022

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When my wife and I left today, we came home with a new family member. We welcomed Abe to our family four months after Tessa crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Rescuers found Abe Pugoda as a stray. The rescue organization said he was well behaved with many of the typical medical problems strays experience, and it appears that someone might have abandoned him.

One look at that face made it difficult to understand why someone would abandon Abe. He has a good disposition, moderate energy, and a sniffer that doesn’t stop. Abe is a Puggle, half pug, and half beagle. Doctors that examined him believe that he is 10 years old.

Abe has had an eventful first day in his new home. We know it will take time for us to become accustomed to each other. For us, we have another four-legged baby in the house and looking forward to having fun over the next few years together.

And now the news…

 August 1, 2022
A mysterious daguerreotype of a woman and a pair of jeans possibly made by Levi Strauss himself are among nearly 1,000 Gold Rush-era treasures recovered from the fabled "Ship of Gold" now on display in Reno, Nevada.  → Read more at cbsnews.com

 August 2, 2022
The new 20 peso bill presented in September 2021 to commemorate the bicentennial of the Consummation of Independence, will stop circulating by 2025, as reported by the Bank of Mexico (Banxico).  → Read more at california18.com

 August 2, 2022
Investigators as well as experts who have been fishing off the coast of Israel unearthed a bronze penny on arguably one of the Roman Civilization's finest tranquil periods.  → Read more at natureworldnews.com

 August 6, 2022
The archeologist team in North Israel has found a bronze coin that depicts the zodiac symbol. It dates back about 2,000 years. The archeologists have discovered it near Haifa.  → Read more at art-insider.com

 August 7, 2022
A St Edmund memorial penny worn by a Viking to "advertise his Christianity" has been found by a metal detectorist.  → Read more at bbc.com
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Two 2024 Commemorative Bills Pass the House

Seal of the United States CongressAs part of the congressional charade of staying in session to prevent the appearance of adjournment, the House of Representatives cycled through some non-controversial legislation that included two that would authorize two 2024 commemorative coin programs.

National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 1057) was introduced last year by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) to create a 2024 commemorative coin to raise money to care for the memorial.

If passed, the commemorative set will include a $5 gold coin, silver dollar, and clad half-dollar. The bill sets mintage limits are 50,000 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half-dollars. The bill sets surcharges at $35 for each of the $5 gold coins sold, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each clad half-dollar.

If the program sells out, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will receive $9.5 million for maintenance and educational purposes.

H.R. 1057: National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act
Sponsor: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Introduced: February 15, 2021
Summary: This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 50,000 $5 coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia. The design of the coins shall be emblematic of the memorial and the service and sacrifice of American soldiers and civilians during World War II. All surcharges received from the sale of such coins shall be paid to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial to support the National Park Service in maintaining and repairing the memorial, and for educational and commemorative programs.
Introduced in House — Feb 15, 2021
Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. — Feb 15, 2021
Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E134) — Feb 15, 2021
Ms. Waters moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. — Jul 26, 2022
Considered under suspension of the rules. — Jul 26, 2022
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1057. — Jul 26, 2022
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. — Jul 26, 2022
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. — Jul 26, 2022
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. — Jul 26, 2022
This bill can be tracked at http://bit.ly/117-HR1057.

Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 1842) was introduced last year by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) to create a 2024 commemorative coin to raise money to support museums remembering the legacy of Harriet Tubman.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. in Auburn, New York.

If passed, the commemorative set will include a $5 gold coin, silver dollar, and clad half-dollar. The bill sets mintage limits are 50,000 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half-dollars. The bill sets surcharges at $35 for each of the $5 gold coins sold, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each clad half-dollar.

If the program sells out, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. in Auburn, New York, will receive $9.5 million ($4.625 million each) for maintenance and educational purposes.

H.R. 1842: Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act
Sponsor: Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY)
Introduced: March 11, 2021
Summary: This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins emblematic of the legacy of Harriet Tubman as an abolitionist. The Secretary may issue coins under this bill only during the period of January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024. All surcharges received by Treasury from the sale of such coins must be paid equally to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc. in Auburn, New York, for the purpose of accomplishing and advancing their missions.
Introduced in House — Mar 11, 2021
Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. — Mar 11, 2021
Ms. Waters moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. — Jul 26, 2022
Considered under suspension of the rules. — Jul 26, 2022
DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1842. — Jul 26, 2022
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. — Jul 26, 2022
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. — Jul 26, 2022
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. — Jul 26, 2022
This bill can be tracked at http://bit.ly/117-HR1842.

Newly Proposed Hotshot Commemorative Legislation

Seal of the United States CongressLast month, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced a bill (H.R. 8244) to create a 2023 commemorative coin program to honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

“Hotshots” are elite firefighters that specialize in the containment of wildfires. On June 28, 2013, lighting ignited the Yarnell Hill Fire on a ridge west of Yarnell, Arizona, and the fire spread rapidly. Firefighters from the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew were deployed to assist with the containment of the fire. On June 30, 2013, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died while attempting to contain the fire. Only one survived.

If passed, the commemorative set will include a $5 gold coin, silver dollar, and clad half-dollar. The bill sets mintage limits are 100,000 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half-dollars.

The bill sets the surcharges at $35 for each of the $5 gold coins sold, $10 for each silver dollar, and $5 for each clad half-dollar. Proceeds will be paid to the Yarnell Fire District to help with wildfire prevention and wildfire education.

If the program sells out, the Yarnell Fire District will receive $11.25 million from the sale of the commemoratives.

H.R. 8244: Granite Mountain Hotshots Commemorative Coin Act
Sponsor: Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ)
Introduced: June 28, 2022
Introduced in House — Jun 28, 2022
Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. — Jun 28, 2022
This bill can be tracked at http://bit.ly/117-HR8244.

Weekly World Numismatic News for July 24, 2022

In the run-up to the World’s Fair of Money, several releases have announced the display of rarities and different collectibles relating to numismatics that will make an appearance. The announcement that excited me was the Brian Hendelson Collection of Presidential Appointment Documents.

One of the appeals of numismatics is the history coins and documents represent. The documents range from the document of George Washington’s appointing David Rittenhouse as the first Mint Director to President U.S. Grant’s appointment of Chauncy Noteware as Carson City Mint Director.

Historical documents can be as important as the coins because they represent the journey that led to the issuing of the coin. Although collectors would like to collect the 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, I find the letters between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Theodore Roosevelt more fascinating.

Most people will not geek out over historical documents, but I would love to see more original documents relating to numismatics. It would be an exhibition I would find fascinating and keep me off the bourse floor.

And now the news…

 July 19, 2022
Croatia started the production of Croatia euro coins as it gets ready to enter the European Union as a state of the bloc by January 2023.  → Read more at european-views.com

 July 21, 2022
Known as the "Coin Cabinet of Dresden," this museum houses over 300,000 currency-related artifacts.  → Read more at atlasobscura.com

 July 22, 2022
Curator, National Numismatic Collection Before the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, few outside of the country took note of the trident symbol at the center of Ukraine’s national emblem. But in the days following the invasion, the trident was beamed around the world, appearing in the backdrops at press conferences and embossed on the clothing worn by the nation’s leaders and soldiers.  → Read more at smithsonianmag.com
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ANA Crowdfunds Its Technology Future

Earlier this month, the ANA emailed members to join the “Crowdfunding Drive to Improve Our Online Technology.” The email admitted the “pandemic taught us a lot about the importance of online learning and communication.” Thus, money is needed to “make much-needed website improvements to allow the ANA to take advantage of current technologies, resulting in a better online experience for ANA members and the collecting community.”

The email says that an anonymous donor will match all gifts.

I support this effort to raise funds to improve the ANA’s technology. I urge all members to donate. Please go to info.money.org/techfund and donate!

I also thank the anonymous donor. I raise my coffee cup to you, and that’s a high honor from a coffee addict!

The ANA should not be in this situation. While there were failures before the pandemic put the ANA on the path to this failure, President Steve Ellsworth cemented the ANA’s fate because his bravado and ego got in the way of effectively running this organization.

Ellsworth dismissed the Technology Committee Chairperson in October 2019, and he did not replace the chair before the pandemic precautions caused the world to shut down. Ellsworth assigned Ron Oberth to work on ANA technology, who had no background in technology, and came up with unimaginative solutions and put the ANA behind other organizations who learned from the pandemic.

Although Ellsworth is out of office, he continues to be an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors. President Ron Ross has not demonstrated an understanding of the issue. Sources say that the loudest voice in the room is influencing Ross and that loudest voice belongs to Governor Ron Oberth. Oberth runs a successful numismatic company, but he does not know or understand technology, nor is he experienced in education that should guide the technology.

Ross and Oberth have not asked the ANA community to help. While they have listened to the ANA Headquarters staff, they have not listened to any other advisors with the experience necessary to lead the ANA into the future.

In other words, Ross and Oberth turned the Board of Governors into an insular club, and the rest of the membership was not welcome.

Both will deny their responsibility for the failures and ignore calls for their resignation. What you can do as a member is donate to the fund and add a note that the donation is conditional on the ANA assigning an independent committee to oversee the future of the technology policy. It was the model used by Presidents Walt Ostromecki, Jeff Garrett, and Gary Adkins to modernize the ANA technology infrastructure, and it should be the model in the future.

Weekly World Numismatic News for July 17, 2022

As the times change, traditional hobbies have to find new ways to reach a new audience. The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) tried something different and published a new children’s book.

The RCNA teamed up with best-selling Canadian author Teresa Schapansky and award-winning artist Elly Mossman to produce a children’s book, One Little Coin. The book is about a child’s adventures in joining a coin club and what happens.

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

Dear Journal, I signed up for the coin club, because to be honest, I really like money. Wasn’t that what a coin club was about? Money? That, and how to get it, how much to keep and how much to spend? I glanced around the room, and easily saw that the class was made up of quite an assortment of kids – polar opposites, in my opinion. In the end, who could have guessed that seven totally different kinds of people would form such an unlikely bond in a coin club? Maybe one day, I’ll find one little coin that will change my life, forever. Maybe I’ll find it with Jacques’s metal detector, or maybe it’ll be stuck in some couch cushion. The possibilities are endless.

The book includes “Miss Cassidy’s Guidebook,” a guide to coin collecting for young readers.

One Little Coin is written in English and in French as Une Petite Monnaie.

Book publishing is always a risk. A publisher once told me that less than 10-percent of the books they publish make a significant profit. The RCNA is taking a risk by publishing a children’s book in a society where parents opt for electronic entertainment.

I hope it works. If it does, I hope it inspires others to find new ways to reach collectors.

And now the news…

 July 9, 2022
There are some $200 bills that were put into circulation in October 2016 by the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA) that have a particular production error for which numismatic specialists and collectors in the field paid attention to them.  → Read more at california18.com

 July 12, 2022
<em>One Little Coin</em>, the latest book by Duncan, B.C.’s Teresa Schapansky, topped the Amazon Hot New Releases list for coins and medals this June. The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) published the digital version of the book in both English and French on June 22.  → Read more at canadiancoinnews.com

 July 14, 2022
The new P1,000 polymer banknotes, another legacy left to President Bongbong Marcos by his predecessor, came as a surprise parachute drop on a market that appears to be not adequately prepared.  → Read more at philstar.com

 July 15, 2022
It’s possible you might be able to find coins worth in the thousands around your home or anywhere you store change. The value of your coins could depend on a few factors including mintage, grade and condition, as well as errors.   → Read more at the-sun.com
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