Sunday’s presidential vote in France will be an election for the ages. euroskeptic extremists on the left and the right are both polling surprisingly well, and hope to draw enough voters from a fractured center to put them over the top. Centrist candidates are putting forth populist or anti-immigrant plans, hoping in turn to woo […]
The church is typically kept strong by the contributions of its people. One patron, though, has taken the practice of paying tithes to new heights. An anonymous woman donated an 1866 proof gold $20 coin to the GracePoint Church of Valparaiso, Indiana. The donation will be used to build a brand new church for the […]
Coin and currency collectors can be a quirky lot. It’s the nature of numismatics: sometimes the most interesting—and valuable!—rare collectibles are the product of some very small nuance or detail. For the collectors chasing the novel new polymer five-pound banknotes introduced in the U.K., this has undeniably been the case.
The 2018 docket for the U.S. Mint includes an exciting set of silver medals that honor the United States Armed Services. Now, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) has made its recommendations to the mint for the designs to be featured on these medals.
For three hundred years, the people of southwest China’s Sichuan province held fast to the legend of an immense treasure submerged in a local river. Last year, it was confirmed true. Archaeologists are now bubbling over with excitement after recovering more than 10,000 silver and gold items.
We all, as children, spent time furnishing our imaginations with the fabled antiquities of lore. Some spend their entire lives searching for these treasures and discover nothing. Others, for whom this history has a less than immediate relevance, make grand archeological finds without planning or effort or want. Recreational divers Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra’anan […]
Perhaps the most successful of the U.S. Mint’s recently introduced coin programs is the America the Beautiful series. Introduced in 2010 just as the wildly popular 50 State Quarters® program came to an end, the ATB series has earned acclaim from bullion stackers thanks to the designs appearing on five-ounce silver coins as well as circulating […]
For the second time in just three years, the format of the London silver fix will change to accommodate a new administrator.
Burying the dead with their prized possessions was, in many corners of the world of antiquity, a common funerary practice. So do we as modern treasure seekers still have permission to be creeped out when our newly discovered treasure is accompanied by skeletal remains? One man in Stowting, Kent, located in southeast England, may have […]
Traditionally, since at least the Great Depression, the U.S. government has consistently discouraged (at times, outright prohibiting) its citizens from owning gold. There are a number of reasons for this.
One of the most sensitive secrets protected by the Washington establishment—more so than its surveillance programs, its nuclear arsenal, or even Area 51—is the massive cache of gold reserves held at the federal depository in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
People of a certain generation will sometimes choose to eschew a checking or savings account at a bank for their own “in-house” form of saving their money: stuffing cash in the couch. Although the rapid changes of the Digital Age have made electronic banking and even online or mobile banking more convenient for Millennials, many Baby […]
There’s a great deal of talk about “fake news” in the media these days, but we don’t as often hear about the growing pandemic of fake money. Rather than a concerted effort by determined ne’er-do-wells, this recent spate of incidents involving fake money is actually a case of Hollywood not taking better care of its props!
Although the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) doesn’t get a great deal of attention, the volunteer committee that helps choose new U.S. commemorative coin designs is about to get an injection of star power: Basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has accepted a position on the committee. In addition to his instant name recognition (and unmistakable 7’2″ […]
Here is a caper that is perhaps more fit to grace the pages of a movie script than a news site, but it is true nonetheless. Over £33,000 ($41,000) in coins were stolen from a distribution company in the Stoke Gifford village of South Gloucestershire, England. It was not the sum but the method by […]
The new president has trumpeted the promise to “Make America Great Again,” or simply known as the shorthand #MAGA, a central and consistent refrain of his agenda. It seems that one of Donald Trump’s first orders of business is making the U.S. dollar great again.
It’s not often that the subjects of coins or precious metals are cast in a prominent role in the media. Aside from the occasional news story about the discovery of a rare coin or some other numismatic happening with national interest, it’s safe to say that coins don’t make it into many Hollywood scripts. However, […]
Last fall, an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes was stolen from an armored truck in Manhattan. The estimated value of the bucket—$1.6 million. After an exhaustive search, the alleged thief was brought to justice on January 20th.
The Chinese Lunar New Year begins on February 8th, reckoned in this calendar as the year 4714. It is also a time to welcome in the Year of the Rooster in the 12-year Lunar cycle. For those curious about their own birth year, the Year of Rooster arrived in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, […]
Since the presidential election in November, the financial sector has ridden a fantastic rally to heights that only a few short months ago seemed improbable. Some of the biggest banks in the U.S. have seen their share prices rise by 20% to 30% in less than a quarter. Now, the executives running these TBTF banks […]