“Rutgers University: Rutgers Digitizes Roman Coin Collection, Making it Accessible to the World. “The Rutgers University Libraries have digitized an invaluable collection of 1,250 coins from the ancient Roman Republic, some dating to the beginning of coinage – and just time for the Ides of March…
the goal was to make multi-angle views of these coins – some of copper, some of bronze, silver or gold, all bearing fascinating engravings – available for study by scholars and students while protecting the originals.
Anyone with an Internet connection can now zoom and pan all 1,250 digitized coins free of charge, via the Coins portal.”
From the ‘Coins portal’:
“Since 2001, the Special Collections and Archives department of the Rutgers University Libraries has been the home to a significant Roman numismatic collection, the Ernst Badian Collection of Roman Republican Coins. This collection was created by the late Professor Ernst Badian (d. 2011), who donated it to Rutgers. The collection is composed at this time of more than 1200 coins, documenting the emergence of coinage and a money economy in Rome and developments down through the late Republic (280 to 31 B. C. E.). The collection begins with examples of cast bronze coinage, used in the earliest stages of monetization. Read more“
NumanismaticNews.net reported on the results of the COTY (the Coin of the Year) Award. Among the winners was Austria’s 100 euro Capercaille, a bird native to the country (KM-3246). For more about Capercaille, the bird visit BirdGuides.com or Wikipedia.com.
Awards are given in ten categories, and three coins are selected in each category:
- Most Historically Significant: Coins which commemorate events, institutions, physical entities, or individual which are deemed to be most important in terms of the historical heritage of a people or mankind.
- Best Contemporary Event: Coins which commemorate events, institutions physical entities, or individuals which are deemed to be most important in terms of current or recent events influencing a people or mankind.
- Best Gold: Coins fabricated of GOLD, Platinum, Palladium, or another exotic precious metal which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
- Best Silver: Coins fabricated of silver which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
- Best Crown: Coins which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal, and have a minimum diameter of 33mm..
- Best Trade Circulating monetary unit coins which are made of non-precious metals, possess all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
- Most Popular: Coins with commercial sales and artistic caliber which appeals to the international general public.
- Most Artistic: Coins selected solely on the value of their artistic merit.
- Most Innovative Coinage Concept: Coins which contain pioneering metallic alloys, non-typical coinage materials, planchet shapes, thickness, sizes, themes, distribution methods or other innovations. 
- Most Inspirational Coin: Coins featuring themes, events, institutions, physical entities, or individuals that represent peace, freedom, and human rights. (source: Wikipedia.com)
To learn more about the COTY Award, visit Wikipedia.com
Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to share details of their forthcoming Stacks Bowers NYINC Auction of world coins, world paper money and ancient coins, held in conjunction with the prestigious New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). This event will be held January 12-14 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in vibrant Midtown Manhattan in New York City.
The Ancient and World Coin Stacks Bowers NYINC Auction sale will be split between two days… Read the article for more details.
Examples: (screenshot 12/11/16)
Douglas Keefe is the president of Beachcomber Coins Inc. reported about the worth of gold since the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States…
“You will recall my prediction before the election that whoever wins, it would be wise to own gold. Well, with Donald Trump our president elect, the markets are reacting euphorically, with the stock market reaching an all-time high and the price of gold, unfortunately for my prediction, going down.
Not very far down; $1,188 as of the writing or this column. Remember though, that gold prices started the year under $1,100 per ounce, so the price is still strong. Only time will tell if my prediction about gold will come to pass, but looking at the entire world stage, I think a little hedging in one’s financial portfolio wouldn’t hurt.”
Wikipedia – ‘Gold as an Investment‘
Gizmodo.com reported on Monday that…
“On Monday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that requires the Secretary of the Treasury to issue a special commemorate coin for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo moon landing. The bill, titled H.R. 2726 demands the Treasury create a variety of convex coins “to more closely resemble the visor of the astronaut’s helmet of the time.”
Of course the bill must be passed by the Senate and President-elect Trump.
Learning about a hobby or anything is more fun when it is shared with a friend, family member or other. Learning about coins and money is no different. Lots of people learn about coins and coin history through coin clubs such as the Upper Cumberland Coin Club….
The club president, Dennis, “first got interested in coins when his grandmother showed him the thousands of pennies she had collected over the years. He picked up a book on coins and sorted through them for her.
“That’s how a majority of the older collectors get into them,” he said. “When the pennies went from the wheat pennies to the Lincoln Memorial in 1959, a lot of people started collecting pennies…
Both (he and Rich) are now encyclopedias of knowledge about coins from various countries and time periods. They can recite important dates — such as 1982, when pennies went from copper to zinc — or about 550 BC, when the Greek king who is credited with being the first to create gold coins.
“He was the richest person on earth at the time, but he had no way to tell how much he was worth,” White said. “So he ordered his gold and silver be stamped into coinage so he could count it. That’s where the saying ‘He has more money that Cresus’ came from.”
2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) Available on December 8
The United States Mint will open sales for the 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin–Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) (product code 16AN) on December 8 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
The reverse (tails) design features Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from a British ship. Inscriptions are “FORT MOULTRIE,” “SOUTH CAROLINA,” “2016,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are struck in .999 fine silver and display the “P” mint mark indicating production at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. Each coin is encapsulated and placed in an attractive presentation case. A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
WASHINGTON –The United States Mint (Mint) will accept orders for the 2016 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin (product code 16EG) starting on December 1 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
The American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is the collector version of the United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin. Struck on burnished blanks, this .999 fine silver coin has a finish similar to its bullion counterpart but carries the “W” mint mark indicating production at the United States Mint at West Point. Each coin is encapsulated and placed in a blue presentation case. A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Mint’s production of this coin. Its obverse (heads) features Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended, and branches of laurel and oak in her left. The inscription “30th ANNIVERSARY” is incused on the edge of the coin. (source: USMint.gov)