Numismatic News

November 30, 2021

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Active Interest Media
32 期号


standish resigns from ngc

Michael “Miles” Standish, senior vice president of Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC), has submitted his resignation, according to an announcement released Nov. 3. The resignation was called “amicable” in the news release. “It’s been an excellent six years at NGC, but I want to take time now to write another book and create some new chapters of my own life,” said Standish, a resident of the Austin, Texas, area. He joined NGC as a coin grader and vice president in 2015 after previous roles as an executive at ANACS, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). Standish is credited with spearheading and expanding the popular concept of autographs on encapsulation inserts with artists, engravers, former Mint directors, celebrities and star athletes signing inserts for certified coins and trading cards. “In the past…


Wampum Belt Donated to Historical Society In his “Past Time with Coins” article in the Oct. 26 issue of Numismatic News, Bob Van Ryzin was correct in identifying the wampum belt pictured as the one presented by the Lenni Lenape tribe to William Penn in 1682. This wampum belt was donated to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1857 by Penn’s great-grandson, Grandville Penn. It was illustrated in a seven-panel fold-out color lithograph bound into the Memoirs of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Vol VI (1858). The image (above), when fully extended, is nearly 40 inches wide. Joel J. Orosz Kalamazoo, Mich. Missed Opportunity in Silver Eagle Labels I have been an avid U.S. coin collector for a number of years and really became interested in the American silver Eagles a few years ago,…


from the Nov. 5 Numismatic News E-Newsletter Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers. Read more responses at What numismatic items are on your holiday shopping list this year? Well, this is somewhat easy: rather than “chase and hunt” for something more into my massive accumulations, will devote time and effort to continue a solid inventory and accounting of what is already held. After decades of collecting, and not just coins, during this continuing pandemic, gave time and effort to inventory and account what I have, not a detailed “done to the last Lincoln cent” but a good spreadsheet that also lists where it is. Applied and will continue to apply during these, hopefully, rainy and overcast northern California winter months, this effort even into my safe deposit boxes. Yet, also, the…

fractional currency: 1862-1876

Most people today have no idea that the United States government once issued paper money with denominations as low as 3 cents. These fractional currency notes, as they are called today, were all valued at less than a dollar, hence the fractional name. Often dismissed as falling between coins and regular paper money, these have an interesting historical background, closely tied to the momentous events of the Civil War. It all began in the opening days of 1861. As the nation drifted ever closer to civil war between North and South, the government in Washington seemed paralyzed under the outgoing presidency of James Buchanan. With the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln on March 4, however, events began to move with dizzying speed as the seceding states had already organized themselves into a…

uncirculated red cents lighter in color

How can I tell if I have a Red Brown or a full Red 1908-S Indian cent? Red Brown Indian cents are more likely to have a wood grain toning, while Red cents were produced on evenly colored planchets. For that reason, Red uncirculated Indian cents are of a lighter golden color. Why is the 1841 Coronet $2.50 quarter eagle referred to as “the Little Princess?” No one is sure just when the honorarium “Little Princess” was given to the 1841 quarter eagle; however, the nickname may have originated from auction catalogers writing about the elusive coin. As Q. David Bowers put it in United States Gold Coins, An Illustrated History, “the appearance of an example in a sale has lent a special cachet to the event.” Why were two distinctly different…

finding common ground with nickel

Throughout the course of history, three metal elements have been used for coins so often that they have acquired the title, “the coinage metals.” Perhaps obviously, this trio is copper, silver and gold. Yes, bronze also has an ancient history, but that is still mostly copper, alloyed with a fourth metal known from antiquity, tin. Kupfernickel Several centuries ago, miners in Germany and Sweden encountered a reddish ore that they felt should have yielded copper. Unfortunately, it didn’t, obviously because some devil, pixie or evil spirit was keeping the copper from coming out of the ore. The miners named such ores Kupfernickel, “Old Nick” being one of the names for the devil back then. It was 1751 when Baron Axel Fredrick Cronstedt, a Swedish chemist and mineralogist went to work on such ores…