Numismatic Blog and News Headlines for October 9, 2008


Four numismatic articles are referenced on CoinNews every Tuesday and Thursday. These articles are not authored by us, but we recommend collectors read them for their unusual or interesting content. Have you written or know of an article that should be highlighted on CoinNews? Please let us know! Here are today’s articles:

Coin dealers win slander suit
By Alan Riquelmy,

Andrew O’Connell is accused of stealing coins from Joe and Tammy Barnes and is scheduled for trial in November. The Barneses, however, owe O’Connell and his father close to $200,000 for slandering them by saying they stole their rare coins, a civil jury found last week. All this begs the question — what’s going on?

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How Can I Get the New Pennies Early?
By Susan Headley, Coins

Reader Stephanie G. writes to ask, “I would like to know how a collector can get the upcoming new pennies before anyone else.” Well, that sounds good to me. Don’t we all want to be the first to have something really cool? But the U.S. Mint is extremely vigilant about making sure that the coins it sells are distributed fairly and evenly to everyone at a specific on-sale starting time. Is there any way to get around this and get the new pennies early?

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Banking on gold
By Murray Cox, BBC News

Four years ago, fearful of a property crash, David and Maureen Somers sold their house and bought gold. It’s a tactic suddenly popular with those seeking a safe haven for their money. As safe as houses. This piece of perceived wisdom no longer seems quite so wise as property prices fall and stocks stutter.

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Hoskins Knew How to Spot a Counterfeit
By F. Michael Fazzari, Numismatic News

This month as a tribute to the memory of Charles Hoskins, my former boss and mentor, I’ll share with you what I remember about my first authentication lesson at ANACS in 1972. Hoskins was the first director of the American Numismatic Association Certification Service. In the beginning, ANACS was a two-person operation on an upper floor of an old office building overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. If you have ever seen an old movie…

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