'Challenge coin' chess the goal of Kickstarter campaign: Coin World Buzz

Coin World gives a brief look at what's happening in the world of numismatics
By , Coin World
Published : 09/22/15
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1. 'Challenge coin' chess

A game of military-themed chess featuring "Challenge coins" as game pieces, if realized, would be the first of its kind, according to the firm proposing the set.

Patriot Coins USA, which is raising money to produce the game via 0Kickstarter, has set the goal at $45,000 for the next 26 days. 

"The game of chess has long been played with much enthusiasm and skill. With players ranging from novice to expert all over the world, it is a game that has, and will, stand the test of time," the Kickstarter page reads. "This is the perfect set of chess pieces for any military enthusiast who has a passion for the game."

The proposed "challenge coins" used for the game would be “perfectly finished in matte gold and matte silver,” according to the Kickstarter page.

"Challenge coins" are actually medals, and date back to World War II and began as British sixpence that served to be membership tokens for a military drinking club, Michele Orzano wrote in a 2000 Coin World article.

Over the years, military personnel have discouraged their use for drinking purposes, and they have been awarded to those who've achieved various accomplishments during their time in the service. 

Here's a video explaining the Kickstarter effort.

2. Vikings and their precious metals 

"Vikings: Gods, Kings and Warriors is a 15-coin series struck by the Scottsdale Mint and available exclusively through American Precious Metals Exchange. The first three coins were released Sept. 16."

This series of silver $2 coins is lengthy, as 15 significant figures from Norse folk culture will be depicted in the series — Thor, Loki, and Guldren are among the notable characters. 

See the unique coins.

3. One rare Caesar coin should realize over $500,000

What do you do when the coins you want to collect become too elusive? "For collector Mike Gasvoda, the answer was to sell many of his ancient Roman coins of the 12 Caesars and shift his focus to other ancient coins. Numismatica Ars Classica offers the first auction from his collection on Oct. 8, featuring 191 lots. The Twelve Caesars is a set of biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire. Gasvoda built his collection of Twelve Caesars coins during the past 20 years."

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Read more about what will be in the Oct. 8 Numismatica Ars Classica auction.

4. Precious metals pricing

Kitco.com listed the following prices per ounce as of 10:54 p.m. ET Wednesday:

5. Hot topics

Have a look at the three most-read stories of the last week on CoinWorld.com:

  1. Space-themed world coins more popular than ever
  2. ANACS certifies 1971-D Kennedy half dollar struck on silver planchet
  3. Weekly allocation of American Eagle silver bullion coins lowered

6. Something social

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