Numismatic News: Most Hyped Coin, First Spouse Gold Coins, Battleship Note


July 30: Four numismatic news or coin blog articles are referenced on CoinNews every Tuesday and Thursday. These articles are not authored by us, but we recommend coin collectors read them for their unusual or interesting content. Here are today’s coin articles:

The Most Hyped Coin in History
Susan Headley | Coins

Have you ever wondered why some error coins are so well-known and worth so much money, while others are virtually ignored? Take, for example, the 1937-D 3-legged Buffalo Nickel. The missing leg was caused by a Mint worker being careless while cleaning a coin die; he accidentally erased part of the leg. This sort of accidental erasure is known to exist on most circulating coin types to a greater or lesser degree. Why do we know about the 3-legged Buffalo Nickel, and why are specimens worth many hundreds of dollars or more? ..

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Keep an eye on those low [First Spouse Coin] mintages
Dave Haper | Buzz with Dave Harper, Numismatic News

Nothing seems more hopeless than a new coin series in which the average hobbyist has lost interest. The First Spouse half-ounce gold coin program is just such a program.
Perhaps that means now is the time to bottom fish. The future of First Spouse coins on the secondary market will…

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Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Available August 6
United States Mint

Gold coins honoring first spouse Julia Tyler will be available for sale by the United States Mint at noon Eastern Time (ET) on August 6, 2009. The one-half ounce 24-karat gold coin, struck at the United States Mint at West Point, will be available in proof and uncirculated conditions. The coin’s obverse (heads side) bears a striking portrait of Mrs. Tyler. Inscriptions on the obverse include…

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Battleship Note Projects American Naval Strength
Fred Reed | Coins Magazine

The hero of San Juan Hill in the Spanish American War was also a visionary naval historian, whose legacy includes the descriptive “Battleship Note.” It features a large U.S. battle wagon warship on its back. Even as a boy, young Teddy Roosevelt was fascinated by the sea. His uncle had been a Confederate admiral…

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