March 28, 2014: Baseball Hall of Fame Coins Coverage, Whitman Baltimore Expo, CFA Recommendations

baseball-goldWelcome to Coin Update!

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

Mint News Blog discusses the first day frenzy for the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Coins, with opening sales figures and comments about the online “waiting room.”

This article includes some additional photographs from yesterday’s launch ceremony and a photograph of the people waiting in line to purchase the coins at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectible Expo.

Some dealers at the Expo were apparently paying people $300 to wait in line and purchase the Baseball coins.

A YouTube video provides a look at the gold, silver, and clad coins in hand.

Third party grading services PCGS and NGC are offering special grading labels for the Baseball HOF coins, with additional “Opening Day” or “Baltimore First Pitch” designations for coins identified as sold by the US Mint at the Whitman Expo.

The Commission of Fine Arts provided its recommendations for designs for upcoming 2015 and 2016 coins and a medal.

The United States Mint will begin sales of the 2014 Proof American Gold Eagles on April 3.

Here is part one of a coin show report from the Whitman Expo.

Highlights from the Heritage sale of the Bently Collection, which realized nearly $9 million to launch the Bently Foundation.

Japan’s only supplier of one-yen coins made its first batch in four years to meet an expected surge in demand driven by a change in the country’s sales tax.

World Mint News Blog examines the declared mintage levels for the Perth Mint’s 2013-dated bullion coins, which show some interesting shifts from the prior year.

And now for some notable auctions. First, here is the uncirculated version of the 2011-W Lucretia Garfield First Spouse Gold Coin in the original Mint packaging. This coin has the lowest final mintage for the series to date at just 2,168 pieces.

Next, here are listings for PCGS or NGC graded Baseball Hall of Fame Coins, which includes coins already in hand with the special pedigrees.

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

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