Numismatic News and Blog Headlines – Nov 20, 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:

Picture Perfect: Capture Your Coins on Film
By Mike Thorn, Coins Magazine

Of the many topics I’ve discussed in this column, coin photography has not been one of them. The main reason for this lack of discussion is that until fairly recently I’ve not had any expertise or interest in the subject.

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Governments Can’t Handle Global Run on Gold Coins
By John Crudele, New York Post

THERE’S a worldwide run on gold coins. Even as the price of the precious metal itself comes under pressure along with commodities like oil and copper, people around the world are demanding so many of the valuable coins that government mints are having difficulty filling orders. A spokesperson for the US Mint tells me that gold coins in this country, for the past month, “are being allocated because of an increased demand.”

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Counterfeiter Reveals Fake PCGS Slab Diagnostics
By Susan’s Coins Blog, Coins

Early in 2008, the coin collecting marketplace was hit with a series of fake grading service holders, or slabs. The first to be hit was NGC, when counterfeit NGC holders showed up at coin shows and online. Rumors were rampant about fake ANACS and ICG slabs, although I never saw any concrete proof that large numbers of them had emerged recently.

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Prisoners Use Mackerel as Currency
By Richard Giedroyc, World Coin News

Something may smell rotten, and it’s not in the state of Denmark as was exclaimed by Hamlet. It may be more like the old comment from a Charlie Chan movie in which the detective says, “A bad alibi is like an dead fish. It doesn’t improve with age.”

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