Numismatic News and Blog Headlines – Nov 18, 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:

Coins struck from rusted dies show corrosion detail
By Paul Gilkes, COIN WOLRD

Among coinage struck in the first century of the U.S. Mint’s full-scale operations, beginning in 1793, it is not uncommon to encounter coins struck from dies that rusted because of improper storage. Some coins were struck for circulation from those rusted dies. Other pieces exhibiting rust contamination were struck as restrikes at dates later than the date on the coin, using uncanceled dies sold by the Mint as scrap metal.

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Tour of [Coin] Errors Shows Interesting Problems
By Ken Potter, Numismatic News

John Rising of Missouri sent in a No Date Wheat cent with a very interesting, rarely seen, error type. At first glance, I knew it was a Brockage-Counter-Brockage strike, but not exactly how it occurred. According to Alan Herbert, even just a Counter-Brockage is one of those error types that you have try to visualize the sequence of what happened step by step to fully comprehend the cause.

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How the US Mint Could Have Handled Price Reductions Better
By Michael Zielinski, Mint News Blog

This week the US Mint unexpectedly suspended nearly all gold and platinum products and then brought them back after less than one day with mostly lower prices. Collector response to the price changes has been mostly negative. Some customers who recently placed orders felt that the Mint should issue refunds for the price differences. Others, who routinely purchase their coins as soon as they are released, felt betrayed by the Mint.

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Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Meets November 24
By U.S. Mint

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting at noon (ET) on Monday, November 24, 2008, at the Thayer Hotel, 674 Thayer Road, West Point, New York, 10996. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs pertaining to United States coinage.

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