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Medallic Art Company Announces New Web Site

The world-famous Medallic Art Company announced today a new web site, www.medallic.com , designed to better display its 100+ years of minting excellence and to provide ready access for customers and art historians to numerous product categories, galleries, and historic slide presentations and custom minting information.

The new www.medallic.com is intuitive, which lets a site visitor navigate with ease, letting visitors examine Medallic Art Company’s custom medals, institutional chains and maces, stock and collectible medals, specialty items, lapel pins, and spinning medals and plaques. The ten new galleries feature outstanding creations of renowned sculptors such as James Earle Fraser (the Buffalo Nickel), Victor David Brenner (the Lincoln cent), and Augustus Saint-Gaudens (the ‘double eagle” coin). Since its creation, great artists have always been affiliated with Medallic Art Company.

The new website also provides a fascinating look at the entire minting process from concept to finished medallion, underscoring the complexity and artistry demanded of the sculptors, artists, die-makers, and production specialists in the creation of a fine work of art. Highlighted for visitors is the complete film, “The Medal Maker.” First shown to the Society of Medalists in 1929, it features multi-award winning coin and medal designer, sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser in her famous New York Studio in 1929 creating the models for the Special Medal of Honor for the National Sculpture Society, America’s highest sculptural award. Every step of creation and production is shown, including sketching, preparing background plate, transferring the drawing and applying clay pellets to the model, foundry casting of the pattern, die making and striking the medal at Medallic Art Company. This exceptional movie is narrated by Elizabeth Jones, sculptor, and former United States Mint Chief Engraver, from her studio in Philadelphia.

About Medallic Art Company

Medallic Art Company was formed in 1903 by Henry Weil, a highly respected French sculptor living in New York City. Through the years, the company has reproduced bas relief work of some of the most famous 20th century American sculptors, as well as many of the important medals and awards in the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize, Congressional Medal of Honor, National Medal of Science, President’s Medal for Freedom, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the inaugural medals for 11 United States Presidents. (more…)

PCGS Launches All-New Web Site for Coin Collectors

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASADQ: CLCT), announces the unveiling of a completely new version of its popular web site, www.pcgs.com. With 3 million page views each month, PCGS.com is one of the most-visited web sites in the entire numismatic field.

new_pcgs_site_120409The new site represents more than just a face lift. Its cleaner feel and more logical arrangement of links and information make navigation much easier than in the past. “It shouldn’t take regular visitors long to adjust to the new site,” said PCGS President Don Willis. “We’ve designed it to be less cluttered and more intuitive, making it easier for both frequent and newer visitors to find the information they’re looking for.”

With ease of use in mind, PCGS has eliminated the left-side menu and made the most frequently used pages accessible via the main menu bar at the top. The buttons link directly to PCGS Home, Services, Price Guide, Set Registry, PCGS CoinFacts, Resources, PCGS Store and About PCGS.

Underneath these choices, PCGS offers a weekly video and a Product Spotlight to highlight new products and services and provide a snapshot of “What’s New” at PCGS and in the coin industry.

Beneath these features, the user is given the opportunity to navigate by topic. For example, on the far left, new collectors are encouraged to Take the First Step. Under this heading, there are links to everything they need to get started in coin collecting: a New to Coins link takes them directly to the newly updated Start Here page, and links to vital information like why you should have your coins graded and how to obtain ballpark pricing from the PCGS Price Guide.

The last link in that group is to a new PCGS service that will make it immeasurably easier for new collectors to ascertain ballpark values for their coins. “We feel this could be one of the most useful tools ever developed for obtaining coin values,” Don Willis explained. “Once new collectors use CoinFacts to determine what they coin have, they can go to our Online Photograde to at least get an approximate grade.” (more…)

Coin Society Aims to Build Free Online US Coin Price Guide Using New Search Technology

CoinLink is always on the lookout for new sites related to numismatics, and especially ones that have the potencial to offer valuable new information to the collecting community. A recent article in the NGC Newsletter caught our eye. They profiled  Coin Society,  a new site which  just released an open beta at www.coinsociety.com.

coin_society_siteCoin Society’s initial goal is to provide a transparent US Coin Price Guide built using an artificial intelligence engine framework that reads online coin transactions and classifies those transactions based on the standard catalog of  US coins.

Coin Society’s price guide is based on the final value of the last verifiable online transaction of any US coin by grading company and grade. Coin Society does not average prices or apply any algorithms to determine market price. Like the stock market, Coin Society’s prices are based solely on the last recorded transaction.

To find out a bit more about the site we contacted the founder David Simon, and asked him a few questions about himself, the web site and his goals:

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, etc.?

I’m the managing director of New London Associates www.nla.com, a software development firm in NYC. NLA works primarily in the financial services sector. I’m originally from Ohio and have lived in NYC for over 15 years. Married with a two year old daughter and another presently on the way.

I’m also the non-exec Chairman of SearchForce, Inc. http://www.searchforce.com which is a Search Engine Marketing management platform based in San Mateo, CA.

Prior to that, I was CTO of the Measurable Results group at JPMorganChase and was responsible for performance management across retail technology at the bank.

What is your numismatic background?

I’ve been deeply interested in the collectibles space for about 15 years and have been avidly collecting coins, sports cards and comic books for over 25 years. I started collecting coins when I was pretty young, my dad and grandfather got me into it, and by the time I was 19, I was buying NGC certified coins from Tom Noe at Vintage Coins around 1990. Over the years I’ve accumulated a pretty substantial coin collection.
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CoinsTV.com Offers Free Collecting Videos Online

coinstvA new series of informative and entertaining educational videos, “Spare Change: Coin Collecting Guide,” is available free at the recently-launched website, www.CoinsTV.com. Eight different videos on popular numismatic subjects already are online, and additional programs will be added in the coming weeks and months.

The website is a joint project of collector and CoinUpdate.com Webmaster, Michael Zielinski, and veteran video producer and collector, Mark Apsolon.

Mark_Apsolon The titles and topics of the eight episodes available for free viewing anytime are:

o Introduction to Coin Collecting
o Liberty Head Double Eagle
o Franklin Half Dollar
o Indian Half Eagle and Indian Quarter Eagle
o American Silver Eagle
o Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle
o Presidential Dollar Series
o Morgan Dollar

“Each video provides historical or legislative background for the particular coinage series, information on the coin’s designer, coins specifications, key date coins, and suggestions on collecting or investing in the series. The information is presented in an informative and entertaining fashion, which new and advanced collectors will enjoy,” said Zielinski.

“The website also provides a separate page for each video that allows viewers to rate the video or provide comments. Visitors can also sign up to receive a notification whenever a new video is added to the website.”
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PCGS Launches All-New CoinFacts Site

PCGS CoinFacts® (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive, one-stop source for historical U.S. numismatic information, launches today. The new site – ideal for both novices and advanced collectors – has been completely revamped with thousands of updates to its database and images files and a number of important new features.

PCGS Founder David Hall sums up the significance of the release: “The new PCGS CoinFacts is a 25-year dream come true. Ron Guth has been working on many aspects of PCGS CoinFacts for 15 years and I have personally worked on many parts of the new PCGS CoinFacts for at least that long. We have had a dedicated team at PCGS working on the PCGS CoinFacts launch for the last 12 months. But Coin Facts is much more than the work of the PCGS team, as we have had the help of many of the numismatic community’s top experts.”

CoinFacts President Ron Guth explained the PCGS CoinFacts extraordinary content, “CoinFacts now offers the most extensive repository of information about United States coins anywhere on the Internet. It’s a multi-functional combination of numismatic encyclopedia, historical price guide and reference resources,” said Ron Guth, President of CoinFacts, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASADQ: CLCT).

Along with dedicated pages for nearly 30,000 U.S. coins, CoinFacts members will have access to the PCGS Population Report, auction prices realized and an expanded price guide – three unique and indispensable tools for determining coin values – free with their membership. In addition to providing basic listings and mintage figures about coin types, users will find an expanded price guide for all coins in all grades; prices realized from all major auctions; survival and rarity estimates for all coins; a condition census for all coins; and relative rarity comparisons for all coins. Coins covered by PCGS CoinFacts content include all regular issue, proof, and commemorative United States Mint coins, and all Colonials, Patterns, and Territorial issues.

“This site will be a tremendous help for the identification and valuation of coins as well as for finding historical information. It will be a tremendous tool for anyone who wants to buy or sell coins,” Guth added. (more…)

DLRC Announces project Stella

Free Access for Coin Collectors to Valuable Research and Reference Books StellaCoinNews.com

John Feigenbaum, President of David Lawrence Rare Coins and Dominion Grading Service, announced today the unveiling of a new web site called Stella (www.stellacoinnews.com) which will provide daily Blogs by numismatic leaders, as well as free access to DLRC Press publications. According to Feigenbaum, “We hope Stella will become a regular stopping point for collectors who are looking for more information on current events within the coin community, as well as reference material that they previously could only find in books.

In our first month of operations, we have published two rare books from our catalog. The first was David Lawrence’s anecdotal stories titled, Tales from the Bourse. The second, more ambitious effort is The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert. This amazing book remains the only standard reference to die varieties of this series and it has been largely unavailable for over 5 years. We’ve heard of folks have to pay as much as $200 for a copy. Now you can get all of it…online…FREE. Another major benefit is users can comment on all aspects of the book with updated information, and the authors themselves can augment data over time. “

Future plans for Stella include as many as 10 more DLRC Press titles and we hope to get other authors to contribute their books as well. As publishers of the Stella site, we encourage as much participation as possible to make this a community forum

Goldsmith starts new firm

Stephen L GoldsmithStephen L. Goldsmith has formed a new numismatic company called American Paper Money & Coin, LLC. He served as auction director and later executive vice president at Smythe from 1985 through his resignation in August 2007.

“My wide range of responsibilities at Smythe prevented me from working with clients on a close and personal level, and that’s exactly what I do best,” Goldsmith said. “I feel strongly that American Paper Money & Coin, LLC, can focus in on fewer clients, and I will be able to provide them with the highest possible level of service.” Read Full Story

American Numismatic Society Magazine now On-Line

 ANS magazineThe initial release of ansmagazine.com featuring the Spring 2007 issue of the American Numismatic Society Magazine is now available online. Previous issues are also available online,  including the Spring 2002 through Winter 2006 issues.

The ANS has a long history of  numismatic publishing  including a variety of book series, prominent among  the annual  “American Journal of Numismatics” .   In 2002 the ANS launched The American Numismatic Magazine which presents regular columns from the Society’s various departments, including contributions from individual curators, feature length articles on numismatic or related topics, announcements about upcoming events, and highlights from conferences and functions. This full color publication is issued three times a year.

With the launching of the ANS magazine website ansmagazine.com, both members and non-members will now have access to some of the finest numismatic articles  currently being written, many on subjects that are little known and generally not covered by the major numismatic news publications.

The Lead  article from the Spring 2007 issue currently online is “The Coinage of the Mangit Dynasty of Bukhara” By Peter Donovan. Admittedly an esoteric topic, the article is a good read and in some ways symbolizes the the ANS focus on presenting educational information on numismatics from around the world. (more…)

New ‘Heritage Magazine’ Targets World’s Top Collectors

Heritage MagazineDALLAS, TEXAS – Former Frito-Lay International CEO and rare-coin supercollector Jim O’Neal is featured on the cover of the premiere issue of Heritage Magazine for the Intelligent Collector.

The quarterly magazine, hitting mailboxes this month, targets readers pursuing the world’s most valuable collectibles, with stories on Hollywood memorabilia (a 1934 “The Black Cat” movie poster that fetched more than $250,000); White House mementos (jewelry being auctioned by former first daughter-in-law Sharon Bush); Civil War collectibles (a sword belonging to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant that sold for $1.67 million); and sports memorabilia (a Lou Gehrig game jersey is expected to sell for up to $400,000).

“The collectibles market is growing at a phenomenal rate, with everything from fine art to comics growing as legitimate investments,” says editorial director Hector Cantu. “We’ll be providing collectors with solid advice, sales information and interviews so they can make smart decisions when it comes to selling and buying the most sought-after collectibles.”
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Hammered Coins of England is Increasing in Popularity

Brighton, United Kingdom (PRWEB) September 14, 2007 — Hammered Silver Coins (http://www.hammeredcoinsofengland.com/) has quickly developed into a fully fledged community thanks to the demand for a central on-line hub among hammered coin collectors, and the way in which the company have executed their strategic vision. The company, which specializes in old English hammered coins, particularly Stuart and Tudor, regularly write industry articles and report on news which they suggest has helped to solidify their position as an authority in their industry. (more…)