Numismatic Blog and News Headlines for October 16, 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:

Godless Coins Real or Just an Urban Myth?
By Richard Giedroyc, World Coin News

Urban legends regarding coins and bank notes can be entertaining. I wrote about many of them in my 2004 book Superstition, Urban Legends and Our Money (PublishAmerica). Well, according to an Aug. 22 article appearing in The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Express newspaper, the recently released U.S. Andrew Jackson dollar coin has created an urban legend of its own. Some people apparently don’t understand that the legend “In God We Trust” appears on the edge rather than on the obverse or reverse.

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Sour Grapes
By Wayne Sayles, Ancient Coin Collecting Blog

My previous blog post heralded the appointment of Brent R. Benjamin to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) as a positive step in fulfilling the intent of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act. Specifically, that is to provide a balanced perspective when evaluating requests from other nations for the imposition of import restrictions on cultural property. The eleven presidential appointments to CPAC come from diverse segments of society that are mandated by law…

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The Proof Condition
Posted by Skip Fazzari, Authentication Consultant to NGC

A majority of collectors are familiar with modern US Proof coins that are seen with highly reflective, mirror-like fields and frosty devices. While the Mint issued Proofs with other finishes in the past, for the sake of simplicity, I’ll deal with the mirror-surfaced examples here. Proof coins are special in that they are carefully struck, more than once, on polished planchets in order to bring out the utmost beauty of each coin’s design. Proofs represent the high point of the minter’s art.

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ANA searches for revenue
By Dave Harper, Numismatic News/Buzz

…The financial pinch is squeezing ever harder. I write that because of what I saw was being considered. The [ANA] board is thinking of charging nonmembers admission fees to its conventions and to the museum in Colorado Springs. I can just hear the late George Hatie now. He was legal counsel for many years before Christopher Cipoletti took over the job.

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