Guest Commentary from the Feb. 8, 2016, issue of Coin World:
Here is my coin year in review for 2015:
➤ BEST FIND #1 — A new die marriage was found (Very Fine, cleaned) for the 1798 Bust dollar, designated as Bolender 34 (Bowers-Borckardt 126).
➤ BEST FINDS #2 & #3 — 1919 and 1926 Mercury dime doubled die obverses discovered.
➤ BEST FIND #4 — The first known note on the First National Bank of Rhyolite (Nevada) sold for $258,500.
➤ BEST FIND #5 — Archeologists in Columbia discover the wreck of the San Jose ship, which sank in 1708.
Connect with Coin World:
➤ GOLD AND SILVER DOWN AGAIN — Gold closed at $1,062 (down 11 percent from Dec. 31, 2014, close of $1,197) and silver closed at $13.86 (down 14 percent from Dec. 31, 2014, close of $16.11).
➤ BIGGEST NEW NUMISMATIC BOOK — The Deluxe Edition of the Red Book (also known as Mega Red) is 1,500 pages and weighs 7 pounds.
➤ CONGRATULATIONS TO — Garrett Ziss, 13-year-old numismatic prodigy, delivered a presentation to the John Reich Collectors Society at the American Numismatic Association convention in August, on the topic of Bust coins illustrated on 19th century currency. Garrett’s presentation was well-researched, well-delivered, and resulted in a standing ovation.