January 13, 2014: 2014 Silver Eagles, US Mint Special Occasion Sets, FUN Convention Reports

2014-silver-eagleWelcome to Coin Update!

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

First day sales for the United States Mint’s 2014 American Silver Eagle bullion coins reached 3,180,500 coins. This amount was less than the prior year’s opening day sales.

The US Mint will begin accepting orders for three special occasion sets tomorrow. These sets will represent the fist appearance of several 2014-dated coins.

Doug Winter provides some market observations following the FUN show.

And here is the Legend Numismatics market report following the show.

Was the sale of the 1787 Brasher Doubloon for $4,582,500 “the biggest steal in numismatics”?

A lengthy photo gallery of expensive items starts with the 1787 Brasher Doubloon and also contains some other coins and medals.

An example of the 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon Note sold for a world record $3.29 million at auction.

Dave Harper says mints and organized numismatics must experiment to see what captures attention.

While unauthorized strikes among U.S. coins can cost a fortune, there are some affordable foreign examples.

The Perth Mint has announced a mintage of 2,000 pieces for the 2013 Platinum Platypus bullion coins. The 2014-dated coins will be available from February 1, 2014.

Here is a quick chat with John Mercanti on the Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle Gold and Silver Coins.

A petition has been started to get the Royal Mint to change the design of the Kitchener £2 coin to one that commemorates the millions who died in the First World War.

This BBC article describes some of the benefits and problems of polymer banknotes.

And now for some notable auctions. First, an example of the 1999-W $10 Gold Eagle struck with unfinished proof dies graded PCGS MS69.

Next, a distinctive rainbow toned 1884-O Morgan Dollar graded PCGS MS65.

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

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