April 23, 2012: First Spouse Gold Coin Designs, New Coin World Editor, 1959-D Mule Lincoln Cent

Welcome to Coin Update!

We’re back for another fresh round up of coin collecting news and articles from around the internet! First, the United States Mint has announced the design selection for this year’s 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins. Also, a new editor for Coin World, buyer’s premiums at Heritage auctions, coin doctoring definition, international coin conference, searching bulk world coins, the 1959-D Mule Lincoln Cent, remembering Harry W. Bass, Jr., the penny in the United Kingdom, the Maastricht Paper Money Fair, and notable auctions. On to the links…

Design selections have been announced for the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins. Release dates and mintage limits still remain unknown.

Beth Deisher will retire as editor of Coin World after 27 years. Steven Roach will become the new editor, effective May 1.

Heritage Auctions will raise its Buyer’s Premium to 17.5% effective August 1, 2012. This follows a recent increase by Stack’s-Bowers.

Although the US Mint is facing some problems today, these pale in comparison to the problems faced in 1965.

A reaction from Laura Sperber on the acceptance of the coin doctoring definition by the members of the PNG.

Plans for the second international Coin Conference have been announced. The conference is targeted towards those involved in circulating coin management.

This Numismatic News Viewpoint shares a few impressive finds within bulk world coins, as well as the joy of searching the coins.

An article on the mysterious 1959-D Mule Lincoln Cent, which features the wheat ears reverse design. Although it has been sold a number of times, grading companies have returned the coin without grading or deeming it authentic.

Harvey G. Stack remembers his good friend and client Harry W. Bass, Jr.

An article on the bill to authorize commemorative coins honoring Mark Twain, with some brief information on the author’s life.

Should the penny be abolished in the United Kingdom? According to the article, they still cost less than their face value to produce at just 0.3p per coin.

Coverage of the Maastricht Paper Money Fair, the world’s largest event of its kind.

And now for some notable auctions. First, the key date 1889-CC Morgan Dollar graded PCGS MS61. This coin is one of the top lots included in eBay’s Morgan Mania event.

Next, the proof 2010-W Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin graded PCGS PR70DCAM. Although this release featured one of the better known First Ladies, the total sales remained relatively small.

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

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