Royal Engagement Coins, Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins

Welcome back to Something About Coins! Three mints are designing Royal Engagement Coins to commemorate Prince William's engagement to his longtime girlfriend, and the latest details are shown in the first article. A new edition is out for the Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins, and coin dealers discuss gold and silver coin sale mania. Enjoy!

Prince William and Kate Middleton Royal Engagement Coins,
Last week the world learned of the official engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The couple is planning to wed on April 29, 2011. Prior to their royal wedding, at least three world Mints will celebrate their commitment with commemorative engagement coins. Announcing their intentions to produce commemorative pieces are the Royal Australian Mint and the two UK Mints: The Royal Mint and the Pobjoy Mint. The Pobjoy Mint has already unveiled engagement coins which depict an image of Buckingham Palace, the home of the British Royal Family ... Click for coin article

Second Edition of Rasiel Suarez' Book "Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins" Available,
Lovers of classical Rome along with legions of coin collectors helped drive 2005's "Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins" to an unlikely Top Ten position in the most sought after out-of-print books in America according to the news of which was then brought to national attention in an article in the Christian Science Monitor. These fans were pleased when noted numismatist Rasiel Suarez announced the availability of the long-awaited second edition just days later. Customers who had been on the preorder queue, many for several ... Click for coin article

Folks Scurry to Cash in Gold, Silver,
The Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS) Fall Convention was held in Dearborn this past weekend. My company occupied two booths, but we were so busy that customers had to wait almost all day long on Friday. Activity slowed down for Saturday and Sunday, but it was the busiest MSNS show we have enjoyed in several years. Over the years my observation about the typical Michigan collector is that, relative to collectors nationwide, they are more price sensitive than quality-oriented. As the prices of gold and silver dipped on Friday from ... Click for coin article

Silver Prices Surging on Near-Record Demand,
The price of silver is surging and so is business at many coin dealers across the country. At Plaza Collectibles, an appraisals shop in Manhattan, owner Lee Rosenbloom says he's seeing a tremendous demand both in new and older silver coins. "This is probably the strongest demand there's been in the last 25 years," he says. Silver prices have soared 60 percent in 2010, driven in large part by a strong investment demand, particularly strong buying of exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, backed by the physical metal. "ETF demand has been an important driver ..." Click for coin article

NGC ‘black' slab soars,
Some collectors wouldn't agree with the statement, "buy the coin, not the slab," because to them, the slab is just as important as the coin. In particular, some collectors have acquired a taste for Numismatic Guaranty Corp. "black" holders. NGC was formed in 1987 and these holders were used for the first several months of operation, roughly from September through November 1987. They are similar in shape to today's NGC slabs, but differ in that the insert securing the coin is black, and the white insert with the coin's identifying information is on the ... Click for coin article

NGC Registry Awards 2010 - Set Entry Deadline This Friday,
Every year, NGC awards the top Competitive Sets and Custom Sets in the NGC Registry. To qualify, your sets must be registered by 5 p.m. ET on December 3, 2010. As in past years, the winners will include world-class collections and incredible exhibitions. Make sure yours are among them, and see if your collection has what it takes! This year, awards are being presented in the following categories: Competitive Set Awards ... Click for coin article

Gold nuggets, not coins:
The World's Rarest Gold Collection—Sold!,
The gold collection housed at the Carson Nugget in Carson City, Nevada was one of the two largest on display in the United States. It had been billed as the "world's rarest gold collection," and consisted of 170 specimens of gold in crystalline and nugget form with a combined weight of more than 300 ounces. The collection was originally put on display in the 1950's, when the casino opened. The bulk of the collection was assembled in the 1930's by a California collector named John Ghririoso. It was purchased by Richard Graves for display at the Nevada ... Click for gold article

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