Category Archives: Coins

Commemorative medal

I think this is what an old-fashioned commemorative medal would look like if something like the Nine Years’ War took place today, with Barack Obama as William of Orange. They seem to share a similar self-perception: “IOVI TONANTI” (Jupiter the Thunderous). We’re in for trouble if there … Continue reading

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Resistance to Change

Here’s a timely article from the August edition of Token Publishing’s Coin News about the seeming inability of the US to migrate from the dollar bill to the dollar coin: US CONGRESS has reopened the debate yet again on the future of the much-loved one … Continue reading

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Atrocious Hideousness

Many American numismatists may have heard this expression, used by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in a 1904 letter to Secretary of the Treasury Leslie Mortier Shaw to describe US coins: “I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness. Would … Continue reading

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The Young Victoria Collection Wins NGC Best in Category Award for 2012

On January 11, 2013, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), the official grading service of the American Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists’s Guild, announced the NGC Collector’s Society 2012 NGC Registry Award Winners. The Young Victoria Collection was awarded the Best in Category in World … Continue reading

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Coin Collectors Gone Wild

Good grief, have coin collectors gone wild?! I participated in this auction last week, but the lot I bid on certainly didn’t get this much attention! Australian sovereign smashes several records Rare 1920-S gold coin realizes $1.26 million in sale The Australian … Continue reading

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Transitions

Design Changes to the Young Head Victoria Shield Sovereign, 1838 – 1887 1. Introduction One of the challenges confronting the collector of young head Victoria shield sovereigns is the lack of an overview of the transitions between design changes during … Continue reading

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The value of a cent

I just read news that a 1792 US silver center cent sold for $1 million at a recent Heritage auction!* A pattern with a known population of less than a couple dozen, it’s one of the most extreme example of the relative … Continue reading

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