February 20, 2012: America the Beautiful Quarter Designs, Saint Gaudens Coinage, Westward Journey Nickels

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We’re back for another round up of coin collecting news and articles from around the internet! First, the US Mint has provided another set of design candidates for some of the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters that were recently reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts. Also, the 2012 American Platinum Eagle design candidates, Saint Gaudens coinage, US Mint circulating coinage output, gold and silver as currency, record price for a coin in India, Westward Journey Nickels, Morgan Dollars, e-book review, and notable auctions. On to the links…

Here is a look at the second round of design candidates that the US Mint provided for the 2013 Perry Victory Quarter and 2013 Fort McHenry Quarter. The CFA and CCAC did not make a recommendation from the original slate of candidates.

CoinWorld has coverage of the CFA’s meeting where they again rejected the designs for Fort McHenry. The CCAC will make their review on February 28.

Continuing the design candidate theme, here is the CCAC’s review and recommendation for the 2012 American Platinum Eagle reverse design.

Jeff Garrett discusses collecting Saint Gaudens coinage. The extreme passion in this area is driven by the beauty of the coins, historical aspects, and other factors.

A news video and article on Osborne Coinage, which is the oldest private mint in America. They have been producing coins, medallions, and tokens for 177 years.

Dave Harper discusses the US Mint’s output of circulating coinage calculates the profit from last month’s production.

Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow people to use gold and silver as currency. A similar measure has already passed in Utah and is being considered by twelve other states.

An extremely rare King William IV Two Mohurs recently sold at auction realized the highest price ever paid for a coin in India.

After a five year legal battle, the Spanish government will begin moving 17 tons of silver coins and artifacts salvaged from a shipwreck by Odyssey Marine Exploration.

This Numismaster article is about collecting Westward Journey nickels.

Harvey Stack reflects on the “club house” style gatherings of collectors of the day at Stack’s during the 1940′s.

A market report from Steve Roach discusses the volatile market for higher grade Morgan Dollars, particularly during the recent surge in silver prices.

Coin Collector’s Blog has an e-book review for Wild World by Ginger Rapsus about a nurses aide who inherits an old silver dollar, which turns out to be very special.

And now for some notable auctions. First, the 2011-P Medal of Honor $5 Gold Coin graded PCGS MS70. The prices for this lower mintage commemorative seem to have been moving up.

Next, the 1936 Battle of Gettysburg Half Dollar graded NGC MS 66. This popular early commemorative was issued for the 75th anniversary of the pivotal battle.

That’s it for another update. See you next time!

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