Coin News: Viking Hoard, Detecting Counterfeits, Hobby Interaction


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 ‘wonderful, wonderful’ [Viking] hoard
Trevor Timpson | BBC News

"A wonderful, wonderful set of objects" was how Andrew Morrison, curator of archaeology at the York Museums Trust, described a Viking hoard as he started to lay out its display at the city’s Yorkshire Museum. The Vale of York Hoard, dug out of a muddy field near Harrogate in 2007, has returned to Yorkshire – the finest haul of Viking silver discovered since 1840 …

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Counterfeit Coin Detection Kit
Susan Headley | Coins

Although counterfeit coins represent a very, very minuscule portion of the overall number of coins sold, the chances of buying a fake coin are much higher when you buy online from sources such as eBay. The risk is especially high if you buy from sellers in the Far East, such as China and Hong Kong. But you can also end up with a fake coin from your local …

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Personal hobby interaction still matters
Dave Harper | Buzz with Dave Harper

I had an conversation with Jon Lerner for tomorrow’s Coin Chat Radio program. He is the bourse chairman of Coinfest, which will be held Oct. 9-11 in Stamford, Conn. What I found most interesting about our conversation was at the point I was asking him just how important it is to have face-to-face interaction of collectors and dealers in this age of the Internet …

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Coin Clinic Questions Answered
Alan Herbert | Numismatic News

Answers to the following questions: Is Victor D. Brenner’s bust of Lincoln on the cent an original design? … How big a library does a collector need to effectively pursue his hobby? … I’ve seen stories relating to the unique 1794 U.S. dollar struck in copper. I thought there were two such coins. … What is a "positional variety?" … What is the story on the 1868 large cent? … When I received my Special Mint Set for 1965 from the U.S. Mint, the coins came in individual plastic envelopes, yet all sources say they were in hard cases. Is this right?

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