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Julius Popper and the Coins of the Argentine Gold Rush
By David McCarthy on PCGS
A few years ago, I had the chance to participate in the sale of Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.’s collection of world gold coins. The opportunity to examine a collection of great, under-appreciated material that I would ordinarily never encounter was a thrill, and in the weeks leading up to the auction, I found myself taking a crash course on world coins. As I examined the catalogue, I was fascinated by two lots near the end of the sale: a pair of coins from Tierra del Fuego, the archipelago found at the southern tip of South America. I had no idea that Tierra del Fuego had ever issued coins and I was captivated by the catalogue’s short description of Julius Popper, the man responsible for striking the mysterious pieces in the first place. .
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COME TO AMERICA! (forfeit your heritage)
By Wayne Sayles
What is “Heritage” anyway? We all know the word, and probably think that we know what it means, but when you get right down to it the exact meaning is a slippery little rascal. The Heritage Foundation, a Washington DC based conservative think tank, believes in “free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom….” (our American heritage?) Not a word about ethnicity, ancestry nor culture.
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Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Program Signed into Law
By Michael Zielinski – Coin Update
A bill authorizing Medal of Honor Commemorative coins was signed into law on November 6, 2009 by President Obama. The commemorative coin program will include $5 gold and $1 silver coins to be issued in the year 2011. The Medal of Honor is America’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy force. Fewer than 3,500 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces.
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Middle Age coins found in Tyrol
Austrian Times
Amateur archaeologists have unearthed more than a thousand coins more than 500 years old in what they claim is one of the largest finds of its kinds. The 1,200 coins dating from the years 1360 to 1439 were dug up in a field near Innsbruck, Tyrol, according to the association Archaeo Tirol.
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This project has proven to be MUCH larger than I thought it would be – however, I am having a lot of fun with it. I’m getting quite the education in Greek Epigraphy! My main focus has been with the technical portion – the easiest way to collect and store all this data. In continuing to research the data collection/storage issues, I thought it was funny the other day when I ran across a blog entry citing an E-Sylum article from exactly 2 years ago, talking about the DNID system that was then being tested by the ANS site
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Rare and Expensive Coins Are Being Tossed Back Into Circulation
By Jeff Angello, of American Coin & Stamp Company, Inc
For some lucky shoppers, that pocket change could contain super rare coins worth thousands of dollars. To Jeff Angello, of American Coin & Stamp Company, Inc., rare coins and precious metals are a hobby, a passion and a thriving business. As a token of his gratitude for the many years of collecting, buying and selling rare coins, he is placing 107 coins back into circulation. With a face value of only a few dollars, the rare coins add up to an approximate value of $4000.00.
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