January 23, 2013: Proof American Silver Eagle, Major Rarities at Auction, Hobo Nickel Record Price

rcm-hockeyWelcome to Coin Update!

We’re back to bring you another round up of the latest coin collecting news and articles from around the internet!

The United States Mint will begin sales of the 2013 Proof Silver Eagle on January 24. Earlier this week, the US Mint also released the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set.

Here is the latest US Mint sales report which highlights more recent sell outs for 2012 numismatic products.

Coin Rarities & Related Topics covers the incredible 1794 silver dollar to be auctioned by Stack’s-Bowers.

Some more details on the four major rarities that will be auctioned, each expected to be sold for seven figure prices.

Some highlights from Heritage Auction’s recently completed ancient and world coin auction which realized more than $14 million.

Alan Herbert, the Answerman for Krause Publications, has passed away at the age of 86. Here is his most recent column.

In China, the desire for harmony drives coin collecting habits.

A single Hobo Nickel believed to have been carved by George Washington “Bo” Hughes realized a record price of $24,200.

Russia’s central bank has urged the government to withdraw the two smallest denomination coins.

Odyssey Marine Exploration’s discovery of 48 tons of silver bullion from the Gairsoppa site will be featured on the premiere of the Discovery Channel’s SILVER RUSH.

Once again, the PNG will provide a scholarship for a young numismatist to attend the ANA Summer Seminar. Entrants must submit a short essay to apply for the scholarship.

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting pre-orders for the latest $20 silver coin offered at its face value and featuring a hockey player.

And now for some notable auctions. First, a certified Sacagawea Dollar Mint Error graded PCGS MS66. The coin has been double struck with both strikes 10% off center.

Next, a collection of 1955-1963 Proof Franklin Half Dollars all graded PCGS PR67 with some coins showing cameo contrast on the obverse.

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

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