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    Numismatic News

  • Last 2022 Mint Product Released
    2022 American Innovation dollar reverse proof set. (Image courtesy United States Mint.) Well, we made it. We’ve reached the end of the U.S. Mint’s product schedule for the year 2022. The grand finale came on Nov. 14 when the 2022 American Innovation dollar reverse proof set hit the...
  • Will Collectors Accept New Grading System?
    Image courtesy RaxPixel.com. Everyone likes a treasure story. We like a treasure story even better when rather than the coins being found in the ground the coins are something we might find in our pocket change. GreatCollections sold a 1943 copper composition Lincoln Cent for $298,125 on Nov....
  • Native American Design Announced
    Ballerina Maria Tallchief is the subject of the 2023 Native American dollar reverse design. (Image courtesy United States Mint.) The reverse design for the 2023 Native American dollar was officially announced Nov. 9. The coin honors American ballerina Maria Tallchief and American Indians in ballet.Designed by Ben Sowards,...
  • Are There Massive Gold/Silver Forwards and Swaps?
    Most trading of gold and silver involves the use of paper contracts. A forward contract involves a privately negotiated agreement between a buyer and seller to trade an asset at a future date at a specified price. A gold or silver swap can involve one party delivering the...
  • NGC Launches New Grading Scale
    A new 10-point grading scale called NGCX will be available for modern coins produced 1982-present at the start of 2023. (Images courtesy Numismatic Guaranty Company.) A new form of grading based on a 10-point scale was announced by Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) Nov. 16. The new system, named...
  • Railways Run Through Commemoratives
    The Japan Mint recently released a new silver commemorative coin in honor of the 150th anniversary of the railways in Japan. The obverse of the coin has a colorful design of the Takanawa Railway in a woodblock print style. The reverse design is based off the restored Old Shimbashi Station....
  • Münzenhandlung Harald Möller Auction 80 Has it All
    Münzenhandlung Harald Möller GmbH will hold their Auction 80 on Dec. 2, 2022, offering over 1,200 lots of coins, medals and ephemera. The variety is stunning, so leave appropriate time to examine everything at their website, www.muenzen-moeller.de or on their auction page at www.NumisBids.comPresented here are a small and personally...
  • First Treasury Serial 1,000,000 National Up for Auction
    Get a load of the Treasury sheet serial number on this $5 Series of 1902 red seal from The American National Bank of San Diego. It is the first of its kind offered at auction.  The first national bank note bearing Treasury sheet serial 1,000,000...
  • DOLLARS OR LOLLARS
    Lollars may not be the same as Liberian dollar bank notes, but vignettes on the scrip nicely illustrates the frustrations citizens have with the Liberian government. If you deposit a dollar into your bank account, you expect you can withdraw a dollar in value from that account at...
  • 1903-O Morgan Illustrates Law of Supply and Demand
    1903-O Morgan dollar. (Images courtesy usacoinbook.com.)  It has been said over and over that coin prices are determined by supply and demand. It has always been that way, and usually the only aspect of the two that can change significantly is demand.A lot of things can influence demand....

    CoinWeek

  • The United States 1982-P Roosevelt Dime
    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s portrait on the dime was a fitting choice in 1946. He was a revered figure for many of the “Greatest Generation”: those who lived through the Great Depression (1929-39) and prevailed in World War II (1939-45). Though his administration was not without criticism (numismatists might lament...
  • US Coin Market – The Re-Branding of Rare Coins
    By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……   Three Old School Rules to Protect New Rare Coin Buyers I began my career in numismatics during the late eighties. Rare coins were undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Third-party grading and encapsulation had begun in earnest. The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS),...
  • Ancient Greek Coins – The Enigma of the Oinoanda Didrachms
    Oinoanda Didrachms were an unusual denomination   Oinoanda Didrachms by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Oinoanda, an ancient Greek city located in the upper valley of the Xanthus River, was built on the top of a high mountain in the ancient province of Lycia, now modern...
  • Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent
    Genuine 1856 Flying Eagle Cent   The Flying Eagle Cent by Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The 1856 Flying Eagle cent is an important and highly collectible issue because of its status as the first small cent. Large cents, which had been struck since 1793, were both...
  • Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference
    By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek …..   Coin grading practices are based on common sense aided by experience. In many instances, the difference between two grades can be a significant amount of your hard-earned money. This is especially true comparing the prices of About Uncirculated and Uncirculated (Mint State)...
  • Rare and Gem Bust Half Dollars at David Lawrence Rare Coins
    Sunday Auction #1250 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features over 500 total lots – including more than 125 No Reserve lots and over 20 Vault Values. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a key date...
  • The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar
    The Real Diehl is a select column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek …..   This series of articles will give readers an insider’s view of how Washington, D.C., works (and doesn’t work) from my perspective as director of the U.S. Mint The complete story of how the...
  • For the Love of Coin Collecting
    By Victor Bozarth for PCGS ……   Like many of my fellow numismatists, I have always been fascinated by classic U.S. commemorative coins. My first commemorative half dollar was an 1892 Columbian Exposition Half Dollar, which paid homage to the Columbian Exposition World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1893. But...
  • ANS Announces New Book on Betts Medals
    The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the publication The Early Betts Medal Companion: Medals of America’s Discovery and Colonization (1492–1737), the fifth volume in the Society’s Studies in Medallic Art series. Authored by Christopher R. McDowell—ANS Fellow, editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics, and President...
  • United States 1961 Lincoln Cent Proof
    When the production of Proof coins resumed after an eight-year hiatus at the Philadelphia Mint ended in 1950, mintages initially remained quite limited. But in 1957, the United States Mint issued over one million Proof Sets for the first time in its history. Continuing this trend, the 1961 issuance crept...

    Archaeological Headlines - Archaeology Magazine

  • Winepress Found at Georgia’s Roman Fort of Apsaros
    WARSAW, POLAND—Science in Poland reports that a winepress was discovered in southwestern Georgia near the site of a Roman fort during a laser scanning survey conducted by a team of researchers led by Shota Mamuladze of the Agency for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Adjara and Radosław Karasiewicz-Szczypiorski of...
  • Residues in Mesopotamia’s Mass-Produced Pottery Analyzed
    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND—According to a statement from the University of Glasgow, Claudia Glatz of the University of Glasgow and her colleagues analyzed animal fat residues found in 5,500-year-old beveled rim bowls from the site of Shakhi Kora in northeastern Iraq. The study suggests that the mass-produced, thick-walled conical vessels, which are...
  • Spider Monkey at Teotihuacan May Have Been a Maya Gift
    RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA—According to a statement released by the University of California, Riverside, the 1,700-year-old remains of a female spider monkey have been found in Mexico at Teotihuacan’s Plaza of Columns Complex, along with the remains of additional sacrificed animals, including a golden eagle and several rattlesnakes; Maya-style mural fragments; and...
  • Medieval Bone Flute Uncovered in England
    KENT, ENGLAND—A fipple flute has been unearthed near the coast of southeastern England by researchers from Cotswold Archaeology who are investigating the site of a medieval building that may have been used for baking bread or brewing beer, according to a BBC News report. The flute is thought to have...
  • 4,000-Year-Old Tomb in Egypt Was Oriented to Winter Solstice
    MÁLAGA, SPAIN—According to a statement released by the University of Málaga, researchers led by Maria Dolores Joyanes-Díaz of the University of Málaga and colleagues from the University of Jaén suggest that a tomb in the necropolis at Aswan was oriented to the sunrise on the winter solstice so that light...
  • Possible Medieval Shipwreck Spotted in Norway Lake
    OSLO, NORWAY—Science in Norway reports that a shipwreck that may be as much as 700 years old was found in southern Norway’s Lake Mjøsa during a survey conducted by Øyvind Ødegård of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and his colleagues. The shipwreck, detected with an autonomous underwater vehicle,...
  • Were Europe’s Early Humans Connected to Each Other?
    LONDON, ENGLAND—According to a statement released by London’s Natural History Museum, two 400,000-year-old fossilized teeth discovered at the Boxgrove site in southern England are similar to fossilized teeth of a similar age found among the bones of an estimated 29 individuals at Spain’s Sima de los Huesos site. The legbones...
  • Colonnaded Hall Discovered in Egypt’s Nile Delta
    CAIRO, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that a colonnaded hall has been discovered in Butu Temple at the site of Tel Al-Farayeen, which is located in the northern Nile Delta. “It shows a major part of the temple, which sheds light on the original plan of the temple and the architectural design...
  • Pyramid and Hundreds of New Kingdom Coffins Found in Egypt
    CAIRO, EGYPT—Live Science reports that exploration near an Old Kingdom pyramid dedicated to Teti, who ruled in the Sixth Dynasty from about 2323 to 2150 B.C., has uncovered a series of shafts containing New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.) burials. “Teti was worshipped as a god in the New Kingdom period, and...
  • Stolen Artifacts Returned to Pakistan
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK—The United States repatriated 192 antiquities to Pakistan in a ceremony held at the Pakistan Consulate in New York, according to a CNN report. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. said that most of the artifacts were linked to a single dealer who has been accused...

    HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

  • Archaeologists unearth rare sword from time of the Kalmar War
    Archaeologists from Arkeologerna have unearthed an early 17th century sword from the time of the Kalmar War. The Kalmar War was a conflict between Denmark–Norway and Sweden that lasted from 1611 to 1613. The war was the result of ongoing disputes over trade routes, due to Denmark–Norway controlling a monopoly...
  • Spectator snacks from Roman period found in Colosseum
    Archaeologists have uncovered a selection of spectator snacks from the Roman period during excavations at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. The Colosseum is one of the most iconic buildings from the Roman Period, a giant oval amphitheatre that could hold an average audience of some 65,000 spectators. Construction began during...
  • Oldest charred food remains reveals ancient paleo cooking techniques
    An analysis of the oldest known charred food remains has revealed some of the cooking tricks used by early modern human and Neanderthal chefs to make their meals more palatable. Research has often focused on the importance of meat in the diet of ancient hunter-gatherers. However, Dr Ceren Kabukcu and...
  • Archaeologists discover golden tongued Mummies in Egypt
    Archaeologists from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities have uncovered golden tongued Mummies during excavations in the Menoufia Governorate, Egypt. The discovery was made during an extension of the research area at the Quweisna necropolis, a burial site that contains hundreds of tombs from different periods in Egypt’s history. Excavations...
  • Roman coin reveals long-lost Roman emperor
    A Roman coin, previously thought to be a forgery, has now been authenticated and depicts a long-lost Roman emperor. A study led by the University College London (UCL) was researching a coin housed at The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow. Researchers compared the coin with a handful of...
  • Astrolabe tile fragments found in “assassins” castle
    Iranian archaeologists have uncovered astrolabe tile fragments during excavations of Lambsar Castle, located in the central Alburz mountains, Iran. Lambsar Castle was one of many fortifications used by the Nizari Ismaili, a sect that established the Nizari State, also called the Alamut State, when followers of Nizarism split within Ismailism...
  • Archaeologists find evidence of gift diplomacy between Teōtīhuacān and the Maya
    Archaeologists conducting excavations at Teōtīhuacān have discovered the 1,700-year-old remains of a spider monkey, indicating the earliest evidence of primate captivity, translocation, and gift diplomacy between Teotihuacán and the Maya. Teōtīhuacān, named by the Nahuatl-speaking Aztecs, and loosely translated as “birthplace of the gods”, is an ancient Mesoamerican city located...
  • Musket balls add to mystery of missing Gilt Dragon shipwreck survivors
    Metal detectorists have uncovered pieces of musket balls, believed to have been carried ashore by survivors of the 17th century treasure ship, the Gilt Dragon, which sunk off the western coast of Australia. The Gilt Dragon was a 41.8-metre (137 ft), 260-tonne (290-ton) ship, constructed in 1653 by the Dutch...
  • Archaeologists uncover evidence of Maya town at Oxkutzcab Municipality
    A team of archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have uncovered evidence of the former Maya town of Oxkutzcab, also known as Ooxputcaj, located in the present-day Oxkutzcab Municipality in the Mexican state of Yucatán. Oxkutzcab was a pre-Columbian Maya town, which became a regional capital...
  • Study reveals latest discoveries at Bronze Age Sanxingdui
    A paper by the Cambridge University Press has revealed the latest discoveries at the Bronze Age site of Sanxingdui in Sichuan, China. Sanxingdui, meaning ‘Three Star Mound’, was a major Bronze Age culture in modern Guanghan. Evidence of the culture were first uncovered in 1928, when a farmer found a...