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CoinWeek News Wire for June 10, 2016


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CoinWeek News Wire for June 10, 2016

Brain Food

1.) Found a rare coin? Beware, it could be a fake

At a metal-detecting rally in 2009 near Linwood, a metal detectorist unearthed a small silver coin which on first glance looked like a half crown of William III (1697-1702).

On closer examination, this glistening silver coin turned out to be a contemporary forgery – a coin that was made during the time the official one it copied was in circulation…

2.) This quarter may be worth much more than you think

The year 1970 may be your lucky number. Check your pockets for a quarter made that year, because it could be worth a lot of money

3.) The Goodness of Cheerios

Then, in 2005, several numismatists began to notice a difference between the mass-produced Sacagawea dollars and the Sacagawea Cheerios dollars

4.) Artist who sculpted Harpers Ferry coin has tie to John Brown

johnbrownThe Philadelphia-based sculptor who created the image of John Brown’s Fort for the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin that’s being unveiled this morning says she’s never spent time here.

But Phebe Hemphill, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts who has worked for the U.S. Mint for 13 years, says she has a unique tie to the famous abolitionist…

5.) The 10 biggest silver mines in the world

Mexico, the world’s biggest silver producing country, and Poland host three each of the world’s 10 biggest silver mines. Bolivia, Turkey, Peru and Australia host the remaining four

Under the Radar

6.) South African Mint’s new collectable coin showcases South African harbour innovation

South African Mint on Friday launched a sterling-silver R2 Crown and 2½c Tickey as part of its South African Inventions collectable coin series. The coins featured a series of dolosse – concrete blocks in complex geometric shapes weighing up to 20 tonnes that are used to protect harbour walls from the erosive force of the ocean during storms

7.) Neptune Memorial Reef Tribute Coin Voyage

The boat will stay moored over the Reef for only 20 minutes, enough time for families to release Tribute Coins and pay their respects

8.) Worthwhile wait for special coins

AVID coin collectors stood in a queue in front of the Bank Negara branch in Light Street for over 16 hours to get their hands on the latest commemorative coins issued in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Persatuan Pandu Puteri Malaysia

9.) Overwhelming interest in commemorative coins

The Treasury Department was packed with enthusiastic coin collectors this morning (Thursday) when hundreds of them showed up to make bookings for commemorative coins to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 70th anniversary of accession to the throne and to honour Thai elephants.

It was reported that several collectors were disappointed when they learned that only 100 King’s 70th anniversary coins were available for sale today and all of them had been booked…

10.) To Maria R.-Alföldi’s 90th birthday

What purpose should numismatics serve?, asked Maria R.-Alföldi at the end of her introduction to the collection of essays “Methoden der antiken Numismatik”…

Treasure News

11.) Hidden treasures unearthed by hunters in North Wales

A gold ring dating back to 1,000 BC and two medieval groats are among the national treasure found by amateur detectives in North Wales

12.) Medieval gold coins, ancient tools and a bronze age axe. This is some of the buried treasure discovered in Wales

Buried treasure has been unearthed at sites all over Wales in recent years. Fifteen finds of gold, silver and ancient tools posted on website Portable Antiquities have been deemed so important they were judged to be of national importance and placed in museums

13.) Lenborough Anglo Saxon coin hoard valued at £1.35m

A metal detectorist is to get a share of £1.35m after finding a hoard of 5,251 Anglo Saxon silver coins.

Paul Coleman found the coins in Lenborough, Buckinghamshire, in 2014….

14.) U.S. Firm Plans to Proceed with Disputed Salvage

Bellevue, Washington-based Sea Search Armada intends to mount an expedition to the site of one the world’s most potentially lucrative shipwrecks, the galleon San Jose – over the objections of the government of Colombia, which asserts that it found the wreckage and holds title to the treasure

15.) Buried Treasure in Springettsbury Township

A 1908 article, in The York Daily, describes another attempt to find the Rankin Treasure in Springettsbury Township, York County, PA. In 1778, James Rankin allegedly quickly buried a hoard of gold and silver on this property just prior to being arrested and jailed in Yorktown as a “traitor”

Crime & Punishment

coin_crime_alert16.) NCIC Crime Bulletin

From the Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC):

A rare 1704-HCH Brunswick Wolfenbuttel Gold 10 Ducat Portugaloser D-2122 in gold 34.77 PCGS serial #546167.98/28547042(AU details) was stolen from a showcase at the recent Jacksonville, Florida Coin Show.

18th century gold ducat stolen from Jacksonville Coin Show; image courtesy NCIC 18th-century gold ducat stolen from Jacksonville Coin Show; image courtesy NCIC

Anyone with information should contact D.B Monk at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, (904) 630-0500.

Additionally, anyone with information can contact the NCIC’s Doug Davis at (817) 723-7231 or [email protected]

The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. P.O. Box 14080 Arlington, Texas 76094.


17.) Historic coins stolen from museum

Thieves stole a collection of historic coins from the Bermuda Historical Society Museum for the second time in two months. Now president Andrew Bermingham is questioning the future of the museum

Banknote News

18.) Bank of Scotland £5 plastic banknote unveiled

THE first main plastic banknote from Bank of Scotland will go into circulation in the autumn and will be available in branches from October 4. It reuses the existing Bank of Scotland £5 design, which has a portrait of Sir Walter Scott on the front

19.) Old design Pakistani banknotes invalid from Dec 1st

An official of the State Bank of Pakistan said commercial/microfinance banks would accept the old design banknotes of Rs 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 and exchange the same with the new design banknotes and coins of all denominations up to November 30, 2016 only.

However, SBP BSC field offices will continue to accept the old design banknotes of Rs 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 from the general public up to December 31, 2021…

newpolish500zl20.) National Bank of Poland to release new PLN 500 banknote

On Monday, the National Bank of Poland (NBP) unveiled a new PLN 500 Polish banknote with the image of king John III Sobieski on the obverse.

The central bank plans to circulate the notes in February 2017…

21.) Bureau of Engraving and Printing – Monthly Production Report for May 2016

The Monthly Production Report for May 2016 Has Been Posted. Please click the link above to access the report

Museum News & Exhibits

22.) Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World

For the first time in the United States, a major international loan exhibition will focus on the astonishing wealth, outstanding artistry, and technical achievements of the Hellenistic period—the three centuries between Alexander’s death, in 323 B.C., and the establishment of the Roman Empire, in the first century B.C

23.) Museum has history licked with interactive stamp and bank notes display

Voices From the Engraver is an exhibition produced by the Bank of Canada’s Museum in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History. The exhibit will be in Morinville at the Musée Morinville Museum until Aug. 22

24.) Antiquities Coalition Own Study Debunks Claims

Last month, President Obama signed a bill into law restricting importation of Syrian antiquities. Now that Congress has passed the Act, a University of Chicago study, funded in part by the Antiquities Coalition itself, has demolished those same claims

25.) History in Your Hands Foundation

History in Your Hands Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that cooperates with collectors and museums to promote a deeper understanding of the world by putting remarkable pieces of history in the hands of our kids. Literally

Upcoming Auctions & Events

26.) Stephen James CSRA Coin Club carries on collector’s legacy

Since 2001, coin and currency collectors and aficionados have gathered as the Stephen James CSRA Coin Club.

“He would be just astonished that these people formed this club and named it after him,” Pat said. “He would love the club and be so proud of what this club has become”…

27.) Buncombe County Coin Club June 13, 2016 Club Meeting

Meetings are the second Monday of each month at Grove Arcade, 1 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, downstairs in the meeting room. Use the elevator in the middle of the building. Doors open at 6:30pm, Meeting starts at 7:00pm. Door Prize – American Silver Eagle. Raffle: Tickets $1 each. There will be 11 drawings, 10 Silver Eagles and one Gold Eagle (1/10 oz)

Questions? Call Roger at (919) 684-6902 or Les at (919) 255-0731

moneyhandcuffs28.) Seized coins to be auctioned

The coins were seized seven years ago in a drug case involving a former Boston pharmacy and its owners.

The case was disposed of in federal court. Defendants were sentenced to federal prison…

Worthy Additions to Your Library

29.) Whitman Releases Volume 7 of Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, Covering KY, TN, TX and Others

Whitman Publishing announces the upcoming release of volume 7 of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, by Q. David Bowers. In 736 pages this volume covers the early bank currency of the Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas

30.) Moneta 191: Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History

This series of volumes Documents and Studies on 19th c. Monetary History aims to republish the main documents related to the question of bimetallism at the end of the 19th century

World of the Weird

31.) Jesus appeared on my Peter Rabbit 50p coin

God has blessed Peter Rabbit by embossing an image of Jesus on his nose. At least, that’s the appearance of a remarkable 50p coin that turned up among the loose change of a [woman from Hull]

32.) Bishop reveals how the devil attacks people’s finances

Many of you usually find coins in your rooms, kitchen, Bathroom, sitting rooms and other places of your home but you don’t know how it got there … I want to tell you to be careful because [these] coins are not there for nothing, they are there for a purpose. [It’s] either someone is using it to work money for someone or the person is using it to attack someone’s finances

33.) Stop your computer from overheating by stacking copper coins on it

Did you know you can stop your laptop from overheating by stacking copper coins on it! A Japanese user has found out a unique hack to help you overcome this perennial laptop heating problem with the help of a stack of copper coins and thermodynamics

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