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Gold Facts

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

Senator Edward William Brooke III Bronze Medal

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Bronze duplicate of Congressional Gold Medal

Public Law:  110-260

Designer:  Don Everhart
Description:  The obverse features an image of Senator Brooke with the inscription EDWARD WILLIAM BROOKE on the right side.

Designer:  Phebe Hemphill
Description:  The reverse depicts the United Sates Capitol Building at the top of the medal and the Massachusetts State House at the bottom between two olive branches.  The middle of the design showcases the inscription AMERICA’S GREATNESS LIES IN ITS WONDROUS DIVERSITYOUR MAGNIFICENT PLURALISM HAS MADE THIS COUNTRY GREATOUR EVER-WIDENING DIVERSITY WILL KEEP US GREAT.  Additional inscriptions are ACT OF CONGRESS 2008, and MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE.

Image/Text:  U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

2012 America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin | Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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Depicting a blazing eruption of the Kilauea volcano, the 2012 America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver
Uncirculated Coin – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is one precious coin. Celebrate the beauty of Hawai’i
Volcanoes National Park by getting this coin today. Order now!

Image/Copy: U.S. Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

Metal Detectors Can Show You the Way to Rare Coins

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By Michael Bernzweig

Collectible coins are intriguing for a multitude of reasons. Each coin offers a vignette from the time period from which it was circulated. Many old coins were minted to commemorate a hero or an event in history. Just looking at a coin from the 1800’s can conjure up images of how people lived and conducted business at that time. Then, there’s all the interesting facts about where the coins were minted, how many were produced, how many of these coins are in existence today and what they are worth. So, it’s no surprise that history enthusiasts migrate towards the hobby of coin collecting. But even if you’re not a self-proclaimed historian, examining coins from yesteryear is fascinating. You may be wondering how you can begin to amass your own precious coin collection. Of course, you can build a collection of classic coins by buying from a dealer. But there is a more challenging and exciting method—and that is locating coins with a metal detector!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

2012 Benjamin Harrison $1 Coin Cover

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         This limited-edition coin cover honors President Benjamin Harrison, who served as our 23rd President
from 1889-1893. The United States Mint American Presidency $1 Coin Cover honoring Harrison features
two coins from the first day of production at each United States Mint facility in Philadelphia and Denver.
Get yours today!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

National Money Show a Treasure Trove of Activity for Collectors

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National Money Show a Treasure Trove of Activity for Collectors

Sold-out bourse, family activities, world-class exhibits, auction to wow visitors

The American Numismatic Association’s Fall National Money Show will showcase some of the world’s most valuable and historic numismatic items, 500 of the hobby’s best dealers, a world-class auction by Heritage Auctions and a wide variety of educational programs and family activities from Oct. 18-20 in Dallas.

The show at the Dallas Convention Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, with ticket sales ending 30 minutes before closing. Admission is free for ANA members and $6 for non-members. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free.

“We’ve sold out the floor in Dallas, and we’re looking at making room for more booths,” said ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin. “With precious metals prices high, we expect a lot of excitement and activity from collectors and the public. Our collaboration with Heritage Auctions in their own back yard will result in excellent attendance at the show.”

The ANA’s Museum Showcase (booth 527) will wow visitors with high-value pieces from the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and private collections, some with a distinct Texas flavor. Selections from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, including the only complete set of $3 gold pieces, will be publicly displayed in Dallas for the first time.

Other highlights include the 1792 Silver Center cent, the 1793 Ameri Chain cent and the 1885 Proof Trade Dollar, courtesy of Bob R. Simpson; a display of famous error coins, featuring a 1943 “copper” Lincoln cent, courtesy of Robert Campbell; and 1892 and 1893 Columbian Exposition half dollars presented to President Kennedy while he was a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, courtesy of William Shamhart, Christine Monk and John Kraljevich.

Treasures from the ANA’s collection include a 1792 half disme, the Walton specimen 1804 dollar, the McDermott/Bebee specimen 1913 Liberty Head nickel, error notes from the Bebee collection and a selection of Texas paper money.

The ever-popular Collector Exhibits area gives ANA members the opportunity to share their collections and research with fellow hobbyists. Several dozen competitive and noncompetitive exhibits will be displayed this year on a wide range of topics.

Many of the more than 500 numismatic dealers attending the show will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors who bring in their old coins and paper money.

Heritage Auctions is the official auction company for the convention. For a complete schedule of lot viewings or for more information on the auction, go to

“Coin Collecting 101,” an informal 30-minute presentation for hobby newcomers, will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 18-19 in Hall D. Want to learn more? Take the free course “Coin Collecting Basics” with ANA Numismatic Educator Rod Gillis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20.

Gillis and ANA Governor Mike Ellis will present the two-day seminar, “Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins,” from Oct. 16-17. The seminar will cover many topics and emphasize the fundamental principles of grading circulated and mint state U.S. coins, including the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a coin’s focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, luster and eye appeal. The course costs $198 for ANA members or $298 for non-members. To enroll, call 719-482-9850 or go to

The ANA will offer Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge and Girl Scout Fun with Money Patch workshops on Oct. 20 (registration required). Registration information can be found at

Money Talks, held Oct. 19-20, lets ANA members discuss their research and ideas in a lecture format. Topics include ancient coins to World War II currency to Texas numismatic history.

Kids Zone and Treasure Trivia (booth 537) provide children and families with a variety of activities and chances to collect cool prizes.

At the ANA Area (booth 537), visitors can find out more about ANA membership, educational opportunities and watch videos about the ANA and coverage of the show itself. ANA members can start a library account, check out books on site and see special items from the library’s archives. Visitors can spin the prize wheel and enter for the chance to win 30 seconds in the Cash Cube.

Tony Hales is the event’s general chairman. The Texas Numismatic Association and the Dallas Coin Club are the show’s host clubs. The Fort Worth Coin Club, Northeast Tarrant Coin Club, Collin County Coin Club, Mid Cities Coin Club, Richardson Coin Club and Numismatics International are honorary host clubs. For more information on the show, call719-482-9849 or go to

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to

Washington Inspecting First Money Coined by the United States

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Here is a great portrait for anyone one who collects U.S. coins.  Imagine being a fly on the wall when this event occurred.  So did Martha really give up her silver to make the first coins?

  • Title: Washington inspecting the first money coined by the United States
  • Date Created/Published: c1915 Dec. 27.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

Australian Birds Take Flight On Perth Mint Coins

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Western Australia’s rare Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is the first bird to fly onto The Perth Mint’s magnificent new Birds of Australia coin series.

Unveiled in Perth today by The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and the Western Australian Museum’s Curator of Ornithology Ron Johnstone, the latest collector program will be a welcomed theme on Australian coinage.

“With some 800 species living in and around the country, our nation’s birdlife is certainly worthy of its own place on Australia’s legal tender coins,” said Ed Harbuz, Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

Diet Coke or Diversion Safe?

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Most families have a Diet Coke addict among them.  Making the ever so clever Diet Crack nick name all the better.  I’ve done a previous post on these fun diversion safes before, but when I found the Diet Coke version I had to share.   Ever since I can remember I’ve had a fascination with these types of hiding vessels.  When I was a teen I even made my own book safe by cutting out the center of one of my Father’s medical books.  With that said, these products are made to hide certain valuables “In Plain Sight.”  Most definitely not the place for your crown jewels, but not bad to have around if your home has higher than normal traffic, and who doesn’t want to keep honest people honest.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 18, 2012 at 8:18 am

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Enhance Your Collection with These Great Items!

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The American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is an integral part of every collection and a great gift to commemorate a special occasion. Additional products that build a proud coin collection and make great gifts are the Silver Proof Set (90% silver featured coins), the re-introduced Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (last issued in 2008) and the time-tested Uncirculated Coin Set. Build your collection and create memories by purchasing from the United States Mint, your authentic source for collectible coins and sets. Find out more and order now!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 17, 2012 at 8:17 am

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