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Coin News for March 6, 2010

U.S. Government to Unveil New $100 Note on April 21
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The new design for the $100 note will make its debut on Wednesday, April 21 during a ceremony at the Department of the Treasury’s Cash Room. The U.S. government redesigns currency in order to stay ahead of counterfeiters and protect the public. Decisions about the redesign of each denomination are guided by the government’s close evaluation of the range of ongoing counterfeit threats, whether from digital technology or traditional printing presses. The unveiling of the $100 note is the first step in a global multi-government agency public education program implemented by the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Secret Service, to educate those who use the $100 note about its changes before it begins circulating.
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Auction House Seeks Return of Treasure Sold By Accident
Sky News
An auction house is fighting for the return of a collection of treasures which belonged to Agatha Christie after mistakenly selling it inside a trunk for a thousand times less than its value. A fan of the writer bought the leather trunk, thought to have belonged to the author, for £100 at an auction by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in 2006. But the buyer, Jennifer Grant, recently discovered a locked box inside had been secretly hiding jewellery and coins worth up to £100,000. The chest which bears the initials ‘C.M.M’ – those of Agatha Christie’s mother – was sold following the death of the author’s only daughter, Clara Margaret Miller.
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Canada To Change $1 and $2 Coin Composition
CTV News
Did you know those loonies and toonies jangling in your pocket cost 30 cents a coin to make? But under the government’s plans outlined in Budget 2010, a new technology to make them will cut production costs significantly, saving the feds up to $15 million a year. The government is planning to change the composition of our $1 and $2 coins and instead use a “less expensive patented multi-ply plated steel technology.” It’s the same technology being used to make our smaller, shiny change, and the coins will be calibrated to the same weight as they are currently, so they’ll still work in vending machines.
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Coin Prices Don’t Alway Remain That High
Numismaster
Whatever goes up either must or might come down. It’s probably one of those scientific rules I never bothered to learn in school, but it certainly is true. More often than not something that goes up will either come down or at minimum it will not keep going up at the same pace. I have seen it happen over and over again and so have you whether it’s a NASA rocket or the stock you just bought that could not lose. Interestingly enough, however, where coins and coin prices are concerned we have many times acted like prices had only one direction and that was up.
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Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program
Japan Mint
To mark the 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law, we launched “Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program” in 2008. In this program, we will have issued silver coins and bi-color clad coins of 47 prefectures in Japan for several years. Obverse is each prefecture’s own design and reverse design is all the same. Through this program, we hope you have interest not only in our coins but also in Japanese own history, nature, culture, and others.
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A Collaborative Effort to Provide Digital Representation of Numismatic Concepts
Nomisma
Nomisma.org is a collaborative effort to provide stable digital representations of numismatic concepts and entities, for example the generic idea of a coin hoard or an actual hoard as documented in the print publication An Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards (IGCH). Nomisma.org provides a short, often recognizable, URI for each resource it defines and presents the related information in both human and machine readable form. Creators of digital content can use these stable URIs to build a web of linked knowledge that enables faster acquisition and analysis of well-structured numismatic data.
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About the Author

Tim Shuck is a life-long Midwestern resident, and started collecting coins after finding an Indian Head cent on the ground at his childhood farm home. Additional encouragement came from looking through a collection of well-worn late 19th and early 20th century coins kept by his grandfather in an old leather coin purse. Current collecting interests include U.S. types from the Civil War era through the early 1930's, and Colonial and Early American coins.

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