Coin News: Kennedy Low Mintages, Not Rare; Judging Coin Designs; Coin Legislation


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[Kennedy] Low mintages, not rare
Steve Roach | Coin Values

2008 was a low mintage year for Kennedy half dollars with 1.7 million produced at each of the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. But does this mean that they’re instant rarities? They were produced for circulation and sold to collectors and dealers directly from the Mint in rolls and bags, and there is sufficient supply to meet demand. They can be purchased from dealers for around $2 each…

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Scavengers scan beaches seeking valuable trinkets; reporter digs up coins, earring and metal junk
Tracy Connor |

The economy is down, the price of gold is up and I’ve got a kid who needs to go to college someday. So one hot Sunday afternoon, I did what any sensible working stiff might do: I rented a metal detector and hit Coney Island. For years, I’d seen leathery old men scanning the sand with their wands, and I’d heard tales of treasure hunters finding Rolexes gone missing on the beach…

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How will our design artwork be judged?
Dave Harper | Buzz with Dave Harper

The Mint said Friday that it was looking for up to six new artists to be designers in its Artistic Infusion Program. That’s a good thing. The new designs that have been created in the last 10 years for the various quarter programs, the nickel redesign and the current four commemorative designs on the cent will be the evidence that future generations will examine to determine…

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Coin legislation faces Congress this fall
David L. Ganz | Numismatic News

Congress is on summer break and coin and medal legislation is on hold. That’s the Washington tradition, where commemorative medals and legal tender commemorative coins are usually authorized, with few exceptions, just before the election recess in the fall — and then in the waning hours of the first session.

So far, coin bills being considered are many, but there has been little floor action. Medals are more plentiful — also traditional — but seven pieces of legislation have already been to the floor of one chamber or the other, Senate or House. Floor action on coins and medals so far…

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