2011 Quarters, ATB Silver Bullion, NGC Coin Image Database

Welcome back to Something About Coins! The U.S. Mint published new images of the upcoming 2011 quarters. America the Beautiful (ATB) silver bullion coins will keep their three inch diameter, and NGC's database has 3 million coins in its online security image archive. Canada's penny and U.S. Seated Liberty dimes are also discussed in the articles below. Enjoy!

2011 America the Beautiful Quarter Images Revealed, CoinNews.net
The United States Mint has published images of the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters which mark the sixth through tenth issues in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Until recently, only coin designs in line art form were available for the five quarters and those were selected by the Treasury Secretary after 18 design candidates were reviewed. The quarter-dollars honor, in the order of their release, Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Glacier National Park in Montana, Olympic National Park in Washington, Vicksburg ... Click for coin article

America the Beautiful Silver Coin Diameters Could Change, but Will Not, SilverCoinsToday.com
The United States Mint will not be changing the diameter of the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins® from their current specification of three inches. This is despite new authority granted to the US Mint via the Coin Modernization, Oversight, and Continuity Act (Public Law 111-302) signed into law just last month on December 14, 2010. Under a small portion of the new law, Congress has allowed the diameter of the five ounce .999 fine silver coins to be anywhere in the 2.5 to 3.0 inch range. Previously, the law specifically read ... Click for coin article

NGC Announces Largest Database of Coin Images in Existence Available Online For Verification, NGCcoin.com
NGC's online security image archive now includes 3,000,000 coins. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced that their online security image archive now includes 3,000,000 coins – the largest database of NGC- certified coins in existence anywhere. Since October 2008 NGC has been capturing digital photographs of every coin that it certifies and then storing them in an internet-accessible database. By maintaining a secure and proprietary database of coin images and making it available to the public, prospective buyers are able ... Click for coin article

Future of Canada's Penny in Question, NumisMaster.com
Is the demise of Canada’s 1-cent coin at hand? Canada’s Senate finance committee recently urged the government to do away with the lowly “penny.” The union that represents the workers at the Royal Canadian Mint churning out the denomination doesn’t seem to be disturbed at the prospects of the demise of the cent. And, there has been a study in recent years that recommended Canada do away with the denomination. This may sound like a broken record to some readers. Both the United States and Canada have wrestled with the future of ... Click for coin article

Nickel for your thoughts: Canada about to drop penny?, blogs.marketwatch.com
Canada’s Senate Committee on National Finance has recommended dropping the penny. If it does, will you have to offer someone a nickel for their thoughts? asks one wag in Maclean’s, the country’s national magazine. “It is a piece of currency that lacks currency,” said Tory Senator Irving Gerstein recently. “In fact,” he added, “A penny can’t even buy a penny, which is the heart of the issue.” Canada’s Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, has hinted strongly that he, too, wants to drop the zinc-alloy, maple-leaf-festooned coin, which costs 1.5 cents ... Click for coin article

Seated dime saw many modifications, NumismaticNews.net
The Seated Liberty dime was a design that lasted for well over half a century. It was an important time in American history spanning the period from the war with Mexico to the Civil War and to the settling of the West. All of those events and more figure into the Seated Liberty dime story. The one facility that throughout the entire period was a regular when it came to Seated Liberty dime production was the main mint in Philadelphia. That makes a collection of the Philadelphia Seated Liberty dime a great one as it is really a road trip through American ... Click for coin article

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