Monopoly swaps dollars for credit cards: Coin World Buzz

We give our readers a brief look into what's happening in the world of numismatics
By , Coin World
Published : 03/28/16
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1. Cash for cards 

In paper money news (actually, play money news), the makers of Monopoly have made the switch from paper to plastic for an upcoming version of the board game, according to IBN Live.

"In an attempt to keep the classic board game relevant to the millennial lifestyle, makers Hasbro have dropped the dollar bills for bank cards in its newest Monopoly edition 'Ultimate Banking,' which will roll out later this year," the IBN Live report reads.

A similar idea was unveiled in 2007, but Hasbro insists that this is a new version they anticipate a new generation of gamers will embrace.

The "Ultimate Banking Unit" format will also feature faster gameplay, more dynaminc decisions, and offer new challenges to players, according to the report. 

2. Robots in San Francisco 

Housed on the first floor of the United States Mint at San Francisco, a line of yellow robots move with precision over a conveyor belt. Behind the clear acrylic windows, each robot has a distinct mission assembling packaging and coins for various Proof sets.

Have a look at these robots at work.

3. Library on the move

The vast reference library of the late numismatist John Burns has been on the road for the last seven months, and will next appear at the Central States Numismatic Society 77th Anniversary Convention on April 28 through 30, 2016, in Schaumburg, Ill. 

"This will be the second major coin show that the library has been transported to. The library’s traveling debut destination was at the ANA World’s Fair of Money last August 2015," the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists. "It is regularly set up at the Spring and Fall PAN Shows and is managed by PAN."

The traveling collection of reference books provides an informal, relaxed feel for anyone looking to explore the wide range of collection books. 

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5.  Precious metals pricing

Kitco.com lists the following prices per ounce Monday at 10:28 a.m. ET:

  • Gold: $1,219.40
  • Silver: $15.250

6. Hot topics

Check out three interesting stories from the last couple of days:

  1. This Day in History: March 28
  2. Proof 2016-W American Buffalo gold $50 coin sales debut March 31
  3. Commission of Fine Arts agrees, splits with CCAC choices

7. Something social 

The New York Times reports Alexander Hamilton “may stay on the $10 bill thanks to help from Broadway.”

Posted by Coin World on Sunday, March 27, 2016
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