Numismatic News and Blog Headlines – Dec 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. Here are today’s articles:

Man who scammed gold-coin buyers wins court ruling lowering restitution by $500G
By Ken Serrano,

A state appeals court Monday ruled in favor of a convicted stock swindler who claimed he owed his victims about $600,000 in restitution for a scam dating back more than 20 years instead of $1.1 million as prosecutors contended.

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Giving Makes Common Cents
By Scott Barman, Coin Collector’s Blog

I wanted to encourage you to give this gift of charity this holiday season. I received a note that the official charity of the Coin Collector’s Blog, Common Cents, is $3,420 away from its 2008 campaign goal. Here is the note I received from Teddy Gross, the Executive Director of Common Cents:

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San Francisco First Branch to Mint Minors
By Alan Herbert, Numismatic News

Do you know the date when the first branch mint minor coin was struck? The striking of minor coins was limited by law to the Philadelphia Mint. To meet the expanding need for minor coins, striking at the branch mints was authorized in 1905. With all due speed, the first strike…

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In violation of a convention?
By Wayne Sayles, Ancient Coin Collecting

Cultural property nationalists have a habit of tossing up the UNESCO Convention of 1970 on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property as some inviolable international law. I personally know of two instances in the past year where U.S. Customs agents used the UNESCO convention as an authority to detain cultural property being legally imported into the United States.

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