Coin News: 2008 Proof, Mint, and Chronicles Set Values; Fake Coins; Errors


Several 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:

2008 mint and proof sets strong
Harry Miller | Numismatic News

Mint sets have shown little change with the exception of a flurry of interest in the Special Mint Sets of 1965-1967 and some strong buying of the 2008 set, which seems to be in very short supply. Proof sets are active with no declines lately. There are about a dozen increases. Some are caused by the rise in silver bullion. The 2008 set shines here as well. …

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Profits for the patient [with Lincoln Chronicles Set]
Steve Roach | Coin Values

These past few weeks have seen much excitement about the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles set. The set was released by the U.S. Mint on Oct. 15 at a price of $55.95 and sold out quickly. Those who have followed the Mint’s recent offerings – including the first day of the 2009 Ultra High Relief gold $20 double eagle release – assumed that the ordering process would be slow and tedious, but that their patience would be rewarded with quick, easy profits …

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Chronicles set ships rapidly
Dave Harper | Buzz with Dave Harper, Numismatic News

Reports are beginning to reach me from my readers that they have received the Lincoln Coin and Chronicles set from the U.S. Mint. Rob Birnbaum e-mailed me, "Received it by Saturday. I like it and it was worth the time I spent ordering it." Nothing will overcome the memory of the ordering delays of Oct. 15 faster than …

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Making a Mint Off Fake Coins
Gail Buckner |

In addition to Prada handbags, Burberry scarves, UGGS boots, and DVDs of Hollywood movies, Chinese copycats have expanded their counterfeit offerings to collectible coins, including silver dollars and other rare U.S. coins. It’s perfectly legal. In China. It’s not here in the United States. The problem is, U.S. authorities don’t seem all that concerned …

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Bishop’s gifts in river mystery
Chris Stewart | BBC News

Individual items, including gifts from Pope Paul VI and other religious leaders, could be worth up to £10,000. The former Bishop of Durham Michael Ramsey lived in the city after retiring as Archbishop in 1974. He died in 1988. The objects, some solid gold, were discovered by brothers Gary and Trevor Bankhead while diving in the river …

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Coin Monday, or Riddle Me This: A Planchet One Size Too Small
John Dale | Heritage Blog

Speaking of things that are too small, I was cataloging coins for the upcoming December Houston U.S. Coin auction when I came across an intriguing error: a 1956-dated Franklin half dollar that was struck on a quarter planchet, which is indeed "one size too small." As with any error coin, the natural question is "What went wrong?" …

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