Coin News: Branch Mints, WASP Medal, Hobby Shape?


Four numismatic news or coin blog articles are referenced on CoinNews two separate times a week. 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 Great Branch Mint Gold Popularity Contest of 2009
Doug Winter |

I realize that the title of this blog sounds like an outtake from the Dukes of Hazzard but I thought it might be an interesting topic to take each branch mint and analyze it in terms of its popularity. Then, for the icing on the proverbial cake, I thought it would also be interesting to name the five or so most in-demand issues from each mint. Just as an FYI, I am not including Denver among the five branch mints as it is relevant only to 20th century issues and this article is primarily focused on 19th century gold coinage …

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Pilots, Planes on Gold Medal
Numismatic News

For the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Oct. 14, there were the obvious design choices for two upcoming congressional gold medals and the not so obvious choices. Members of the Commission of Fine Arts Oct. 15 felt the same way, but made different choices. Getting overwhelming approval from members of the CCAC through the panel’s method of awarding points to designs under consideration were proposed obverse and reverse designs for the Woman Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) gold medal …

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What kind of shape are we in?
Dave Harper | Buzz with Dave Harper, Numismatic News

What condition is the numismatic hobby/industry in? Numismatic News staff is preparing a State of the Industry issue that will go into the mail in the middle of November. It is important to obtain a wide variety of evaluations from the people on the ground: the collectors and dealers who make it all work …

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Dominion Grading Service Explained
John Feigenbaum | DGS

I will do my best to explain DGS and the role we play in the numismatic marketplace. It might actually be easier to say what we’re not… We’re NOT a major third party grading service and we aren’t trying to be. DGS is the in-house grading service for DLRC and we invite submissions from collectors, as well. Typically, we grade (in house) those coins that are circulated, or light clean mint state, etc that we feel PCGS and NGC don’t give enough credence to. Or coins in which we see no advantage to PCGS or NGC holders …

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