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U.K. Ranks Its Top 20 Treasures

May 8th, 2017 by

By now, most aspiring treasure hunters are aware that Great Britain is essentially the treasure capital of the world. Aside from an extensive history of habitation that has produced almost innumerable antiquities and medieval coins, the country boasts the world’s most equitable treasure trove laws. This is effectively the reason why so many people who have […]

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100-Kilo Gold Maple Leaf Coin Stolen

May 6th, 2017 by

Back in 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint wowed the numismatic community (and much of the world) when it issued a special “Big Maple Leaf”—a real legal tender gold coin of unmatched girth and purity. Weighing in at 100 kilograms—a staggering 32,150 troy ounces!—and struck from ultra-pure “five-nines” gold, the coin is .99999 fine (or 99.999% […]

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Rare Pennies Worth $85,000

April 30th, 2017 by

It has been well established in the public consciousness that the penny is worthless. There has even been movements by those in Congress to get rid of the red cent, but do pennies deserve more of our respect. Apparently, they do (or some of them). According to online numismatic database Cointrackers, there are some rare […]

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French Election Could Destroy the EU

April 21st, 2017 by

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 […]

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Rare Gold Coin Sponsors Building of New Church

April 16th, 2017 by

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 […]

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EBay Hijinks for Polymer £5 Notes

April 15th, 2017 by

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.

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New 2018 Silver Medal Designs Recommended

April 3rd, 2017 by

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.

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Divers Find Ancient Shipwreck, Roman Treasure Off Israeli Coast

March 19th, 2017 by

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 […]

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New America the Beautiful Design Released

March 13th, 2017 by

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 […]

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1,500-Year-Old Jewelry Found Next to Human Rib in Kent

March 4th, 2017 by

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 […]

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States Scrapping Tax on Precious Metals

March 1st, 2017 by

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.

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U.S. Mint Releases Fort Knox Audit

February 28th, 2017 by

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.

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$20 Million Found in Mattress

February 19th, 2017 by

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 […]

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Hollywood “Fake Cash” Keeps Popping Up

February 18th, 2017 by

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!

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Joins CCAC

February 11th, 2017 by

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″ […]

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Zany Coin Heist Solved

February 4th, 2017 by

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 […]