Numismatic Blog and News Headlines – Nov 4, 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. Here are today’s articles:

Uncirculated Mint set packaging varies through time
By Cindy Brake, COIN WORLD

The term "Uncirculated Mint set" is a bit of a misnomer because the coins in the special packages were originally intended for circulation albeit they never entered circulation. In 1948 the United States Mint began offering the annual Uncirculated Mint sets. The first sets include coins dated 1947. Later in 1948, 1948 sets were offered.

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Overhyped Nickel Error Sees Value Take Tumble
By Ken Potter, Numismatic News

Still, it was my opinion that you only had to take a look at the design to see that this aberration was going to repeat itself over and over again on many dies. Where you have extensive areas of design that are relatively close to the field even when the dies are new, (as we have on this coin), it stands to reason they will be abraded and worn away much easier and more often than coins that feature generally deeper designs throughout.

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[Royal Candian] Mint marks 100 years with new speed
By Simon Fuller, SUN MEDIA

There was no nickel and diming yesterday as the Royal Canadian Mint marked the end of its centennial year in style. The Crown corporation has been making coins for the last 100 years. And since 1976, the Winnipeg plant at 520 Lagimodiere Blvd. has minted and distributed every last one of them.

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£50,000 reward in coin theft hunt

A £50,000 reward has been offered for the return of a "unique" collection of Scots coins stolen last year. They were taken from the home of Lord and Lady Stewartby at Broughton in the Borders and are worth about £500,000. The items have been described as the most important collection of early Scottish coins ever…

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