1. The Pope and his medals
As Pope Francis travels to the U.S. this week for the first
time, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists' commemorative medals marking the historic
visit are still available.
“The essence of the medal focuses on the Pope’s visit to Washington,
D.C., Sept. 23, 2015," a PAN release published by Coin World on Sept. 14
reads. "[Designer] Don Everhart produced a beautiful image of
Pope Francis that captures his warmth and charm on the obverse and a
reverse that features three Washington, D.C., iconic domes, the
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, and the dome of the U.S. Capitol building.”
The medals, which were produced by the Northwest Territorial
Mint, feature bronze and silver, some with gold and/or black
Prices for the medals vary. The 3-inch silver medal with black
enamel and 24-karat gold embellishment boasts the highest price tag at $450.
The 1.75-inch bronze medal is $30. In total, four medal versions are available.
2. Coins in space
“Exactly why so many coin collectors have an interest in astronomy
is unclear, but it could have something to do with the fact that many
people started collecting coins when they were children. Children are
often fascinated by space travel, the solar system, and the planets,
especially if they were young when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon in
1969, or at the time of John Glenn’s space orbit in 1962.”
Connect with Coin World:
Read Louis Golino's series on space-themed coins.
3. Paper money auction season is on
“Where has all the paper gone? At least a half a dozen sales with
United States paper money are scheduled from September to
Thanksgiving, so for a lot of it, the answer is, the auction block.
The season started Sept. 16 to 22, when Heritage Auctions conducted
its several-thousand-lot Currency Signature sale in Long Beach, Calif.”
Read more about paper money's busy auction season.
4. Precious metals pricing
the following prices per ounce as of 12:12 p.m. ET Monday:
5. Hot topics
Have a look at the three most-read stories of the last week on CoinWorld.com:
Collectors jockey to get 2015 JFK Coin and
80 percent of JFK Coin and Chronicles sets sell
during first hour of sales Sept. 16
2015 American Liberty coin: Definitely more like
2009 UHR than 2014 JFK gold
6. Something social