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United States Mint 2015 Proof Coin Set

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The much-anticipated 2015 United States Mint Proof Set is here — complete with 14 coins in proof finish each bearing the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco! Included are four Presidential $1 Coins, five coins from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, one Native American $1 Coin, one Kennedy half dollar, one Roosevelt dime, one Jefferson nickel and one Lincoln penny. This set is available today!  Buy It Now!

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2015 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

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n the 2015 American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin, the artisans of the United States Mint have captured the grace and elegance of Adolph A. Weinman’s celebrated Walking Liberty design. It features an ever-hopeful Lady Liberty striding confidently toward the sunrise, draped in the strength of the Stars and Stripes, and carrying branches of laurel and oak in her arms to symbolize both civil and military glory. Get yours today!
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Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 13, 2015 at 8:00 am

ANA | ANS Partner for Early U.S. Mint Exhibit at World’s Fair of Money

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Cooperative effort includes museum display, two Money Talks programs

The American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the American Numismatic Society in New York City, are joining together to present a stunning exhibit of the U.S. Mint’s first issues as part of the Museum Showcase during the World’s Fair of MoneySM, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The ANS is loaning a complete collection of the first issues of each coinage denomination minted by the Philadelphia Mint from 1792-1796. This one-time exhibit highlights Philadelphia’s storied numismatic history.

Mike Gasvoda, an ANS Board of Trustees member and longtime ANA member, was instrumental in bringing this exhibit to the Philadelphia show. “While the ANA and ANS may serve different parts of the numismatic community, the overlap of what we offer is much larger than the places we differ. This type of joint effort between the ANA and ANS should be a natural part of both our efforts to reach the collecting community,” he said.

The pedigrees of the ANS coins have links back to some of the most famous collections ever formed. A few stand-out pieces include:

  • Select 1793 large cents donated by George H. Clapp;
  • The Louis Eliasberg specimen of the 1794 dollar, exhibited courtesy of an ANS Board of Trustees member;
  • A 2 ½ dollar gold quarter eagle and 10 dollar gold eagle, from the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan.

The exhibit will also include  a 1793 half cent, a gift to the ANS from Robert Schonwalter; a 1794 half disme, graded MS-63; a 1796 disme, 1796 quarter, 1794 half dollar and 1795 half eagle, all donations to the ANS from Arthur J. Fecht collection. A 1792 half disme, donated to the ANA by Steve L. Contursi, will complement this exhibit in the Museum Showcase.

“I’m really pleased that the ANS is partnering with the ANA for this wonderful exhibit of the first Philadelphia Mint issues. This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees at the World’s Fair of Money to see such historically significant U.S. coins,” said ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin. “We appreciate the ANS partnering with us and we look forward to more opportunities in the future.”

The challenges of the early U.S. Mint are easily recognized when looking at these historic pieces.  The designers, engravers and die operators struggled to learn their new trade. Coin production came in fits and starts as efforts to secure funding and precious metals were anything but steady. It took four years for the fledgling mint to coin each of the congressionally mandated denominations, so foreign coinage continued to circulate alongside American coins as legal tender for many years. The exhibited coins give a rare glimpse into the operations of the first Philadelphia mint.

“Working with Mike Gasvoda, Robert Wilson Hoge and Elena Stolyarik to create this exhibit has been a wonderful experience. It is rarely possible to display such great pieces,” said ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd.

This exhibit will be complemented by three related Money Talks presentations, which are expected to be heavily attended.

  • Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger, both ANA and ANS members, deliver the talk, “The First Philadelphia Mint,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Room 104B.
  • Robert Wilson Hoge, former ANA curator and current curator of North American Coins and Currency at the ANS, will give the presentation, “First Order of Business: The U.S. Mint’s Original Coinage Denominations, 1793-1796,” at noon Thursday, Aug. 9 in Room 104B.
  • Jamie Franki, creator of the 121st Anniversary Convention Medal, presents “David Rittenhouse and the 1792 Half Disme,” at 1 p.m. Saturday in Room 104B.

“If you appreciate this exhibit and the related presentations, I hope you will let both organizations know so we can better understand how we can serve our numismatic family in the future,” Gasvoda said.

The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premier money show. The event features a major auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries; more than 1,000 numismatic dealers with the best inventory anywhere; the ANA Museum Showcase exhibiting some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money; a Mint Promenade with mints from around the world; the Collector Exhibits area; educational presentations and seminars; and special events including the ANA’s annual awards banquet.

Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. Save $2 on admission by downloading a coupon at For more information, call 719-482-9849.

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 27,000 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

LVNS Annual Picnic

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The LVNS annual picnic will be tomorrow May 19th at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.  It is going to be a fun filled day and I hope to be able to share a few photos in the coming week.  I regrettably will not be attending, as I am on the East coast.   Should you have any questions or would like to join please call Joe at 702-860-6032 for more information.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

May 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

Las Vegas Numismatic Society | Meeting 4.14.2012

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The latest LVNS club meeting was held this past Saturday, April 14, 2012.  The doors open at 2pm and the bourse was exceptionally large.  There was a good buzz around as collectors and dealers bought and sold coins and bullion.   The meeting started at 3pm, and there was barely an empty seat in the house.  After a little bit of business which, was handled by our President, Joe Cavallaro.  There were two excellent presentations.  Joe talked about the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic sinking, and shared some really neat artifacts.  Then Larry brought in an incredible Ship related collection of notes and coins.  It is amazing to see how each and everyone’s passions shine through when talking about things they love.  After a small break for refreshments, there was raffle mania in the house.  I personally won a replica post card from the Titanic that was accompanied by an authentic 1912 Barber Dime, very cool!  Then to my surprise I heard my name again and I won a 2012 Denver Mint Uncirculated Coin Set.  So if you have a couple of hours feel free to join us at our next meeting it is truly a fun time, and a chance to talk shop with fellow enthusiasts!  Next month we will be having our Annual picnic at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.  Should you have any questions or would like to join please call Joe at 702-860-6032 for more information.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 16, 2012 at 9:11 am

Las Vegas Numismatic Society | Meeting 3.17.2012

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The next regular club meeting will be on Saturday, March 17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The doors open at 2pm for our bourse and social hour. The meeting starts at 3pm Everyone is welcome! Raffles, door-prizes, special refreshments, coin supplies, presentations and lots of fun. Come spend a couple of hours with us and bring the Kids! FREE ADMISSION and plenty of parking. We meet at the Charleston Heights Art Center which is located at 800 S. Brush St near the intersection of Charleston & Decatur. It sits one block behind Arizona Charlies Casino on Decatur. Call Joe at 702-860-6032 for more information. Thanks and see you there !

Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 16, 2012 at 7:17 am

Las Vegas Numismatic Society | Meeting & Auction

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The Las Vegas Numismatic Society is having a meeting and benefit auction featuring 30 lots of coins and collectibles this Saturday starting at 2pm.  The meeting will be held at the Charleston Heights Art Center located at 800 South Brush Street Las Vegas, NV.  For more information go to the LVNS page here.  Everyone is welcome!

Rare Morgan Silver Dollar Bank Roll-Carson City

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I don’t do much on eBay, and I really miss the days before it was a corporate giant.  Though I had to share this cool find while browsing the Coin Community.  Heavenlytreasures4u2010 is offering a Rare Morgan Silver Dollar Bank Roll *UNC*Carson City*DMPL.  At first thought this is very exciting, and anyone who has read The|Coinologist post on the Carson City Mint will know that this is any CC enthusiasts dream roll.  Once the ether wears off, you have to start your due diligence on originality, condition, and reputation of the seller.   I am eager to see what this ends up selling for and what kind of feedback the lucky winner will post.

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December 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm

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