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Indonesia to revamp bank notes with portraits of...
by Arthur L. Friedberg The Jakarta Post reported on Sept. 14 that Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has decided that the country’s new currency being issued later this year will bear the portraits of 12 Indonesians who have been officially designated “National Heroes” by the government.
What links St. Louis numismatist Otto Oddehorn to...
by David T. Alexander A 1953 Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial medal, struck by the Adams Company for old-time St. Louis coin dealer Otto Oddehon, accidentally commemorates the death of the world’s fair movement, as the expo era fizzled and a hoped for Louisiana Purchase sesquicentennial exposition never materialized, lacking any federal or local business support.
Royal Canadian Mint highlights hunter, hunted on...
by Jeff Starck The hunter and hunted are joined together on the design of a 2017 gold coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. The reverse of the Proof .9999 fine gold 25 cents — the third in a four-coin Predator vs. Prey series — features a design by Inuit artist Andrew Qappik.
Royal Mint plucks red poppy again for 2016...
by Jeff Starck For the fifth year in a row, the Royal Mint will issue a £5 coin for Alderney to honor the sacrifice and spirit celebrated on Remembrance Day. The 2016 coin, as with earlier coins, will show the poppy — a widely recognized symbol of remembrance — to honor servicemen and women who have lost their lives in times of war.
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Gold Eagle planchet error slabbed, 2017 American...
by Joe O'Donnell Also this week, we profiled the potential of an ancient coin that depicts a structure that still stands, looked back at an unprecedented flood of error notes into U.S. circulation 40 years ago, and got a look at the newly minted 2016-W Walking Liberty gold half dollar.
Federal panels differ on obverses for Proof...
by Bill McAllister The nation’s two coin review panels have taken sharply different stands on how some the nation’s most expensive coins should be designed. Meeting in Washington on two consecutive days, the Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee reviewed 12 sets of proposed obverse designs for platinum coins planned for 2018 to 2020.
Do you know how to tell a genuine 1873 Coronet,...
by Michael Fahey The counterfeit 1873 Coronet, Closed 3 gold $2.50 quarter eagle illustrated here is most likely one of the counterfeits that were produced in the 1960s and 1970s as a way of bringing gold into the United States. Laws that prohibited the importation of gold bullion, while at the same time allowing U.S. gold coins, prompted conversion of tons of gold bullion to fakes...