August 22, 2013: 2013 Proof Platinum Eagle, Reports from the ANA Convention, Gold and Silver Bullion Demand

silver-eagleWelcome to Coin Update!

We’re back with another round up of coin collecting news and articles from around the internet!

Mint News Blog covers another United States Mint gold and platinum numismatic product price increase and some improvements to the Mint’s website, which include a new “waiting room.”

The weekly numismatic product sales report shows stronger sales for silver numismatic products.

Although no prior indication was provided, the US Mint used a “light frosting” finish for the 2013 Proof American Platinum Eagle.

Doug Winter provides ten observations from the ANA convention.

More observations from the ANA convention from Patrick Heller, who remarks on what is hot and what is not among U.S. rare coins.

Coin Collectors Blog also has a report from the convention.

Here is part two of Coin Rarities & Related Topics coverage of the results of Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night auction.

This Numismatic News Viewpoint suggests providing explicit instructions in a will for disposal of a collection.

A lengthy CoinWeek article placed the spotlight on So-Called Dollars.

An opinion published in the Wall Street Journal discusses the COINS Act, which seeks to phase out dollar bills in favor of coins, and offers a solution to the ongoing battle between interests.

An article in the Atlantic Wire says that the idea of a dollar coin is terrible.

Separate articles discuss the recent sales plunge for U.S. gold bullion coins and the brisk demand for silver bullion coins, with American Silver Eagle sales on pace for a record year.

Why don’t gold and silver coins circulate?

And now for some notable auctions. First, the 2008-W Uncirculated Platinum Eagle 4 Coin Set with all coins graded PCGS MS70. Each of these coins boasts an extremely low mintage.

Next, an example of the 1937 Proof Buffalo Nickel graded PCGS PR67, which displays some nice pastel colors.

That’s it for the update. Have a great day!

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