Drop off your submissions at the NGC booth. NGC will be accepting regular submissions for all service levels at the Long Beach Expo, at the Long Beach Convention Center from Thursday, June 6 through 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Check with show ...

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NGC accepting submissions at Long Beach Expo in June

Drop off your submissions at the NGC booth.

NGC will be accepting regular submissions for all service levels* at the Long Beach Expo, at the Long Beach Convention Center from Thursday, June 6 through 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Check with show staff at NGC’s Booth for cut-off time. Cut-off time may change due to submission volumes. All submissions will be sent to our office in Sarasota, FL. Services include World Services, Ancient Coin Services, Bulk, PHOTO PROOF and more.

Special Note:

  • Due to the special handling required, NGC does not accept submissions of the following coins at this show for regular service submissions to be returned to the NGC offices: Coins for First/Early Releases designations, coins NGC requires submitted in original Mint sealed packing, coins over 3.5” (90 millimeters) in diameter and .39” (10 millimeters) in depth, Coin & Chronicles sets, Coin & Currency sets, American Liberty four-medal set, March of Dimes three-coin set,...

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Niue: Legendary merchant Sinbad the Sailor immortalised on the latest silver coin in 1001 Arabian Nights series

The government and treasury of Niue have issued (17th May) new silver crown coins which are part of the new series focusing on the 1001 Arabian Nights tales made popular with author Richard Francis Burton’s published translations of One Thousand and One Nights. First compiled in 1885 as a work of 10 volumes and known as “The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night,” his addendum, Supplemental Nights, was published between 1886 and 1888 in six volumes.

The second coin features the story of Sinbad the Sailor, which is regarded as one of the most famous Arabian Nights tales. The tale tells the story of the adventurous merchant from Basra and of his seven voyages, which takes him to the various corners of the known world. In the premier story, which is itself narrated by Scheherazade, who herself shares one summer night to King Shahriar, the tale is set during the rule of Harun al-Rashid (766–809), the fifth Abbasid Caliph, who ruled from 786 to 809. It begins with a wealthy...

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Bowers on collecting: America’s $2.50 gold pieces

For Whitman Publishing over the next few weeks, I’m putting the final touches on a new reference, A Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins. This adds to the roster of gold studies in the “Bowers Series,” which, as of Spring 2019, includes two dozen titles.

Among the different denominations of American gold coins, the $2.50 gold quarter eagles have always been among the most popular with numismatists. The series includes early issues from 1796 to early 1834, skipping many years in which there was no coinage. Today, all of these early dates range from rare to very rare.

Classic Head quarter eagles from 1834 to 1839 introduce coins from the three branch mints opened in 1838 at Charlotte, Dahlonega, and New Orleans. All dates and mintmarks in the Classic Head series are readily collectible, although the mintmarked issues are scarcer.

Liberty Head quarter eagles were struck continuously at the Philadelphia Mint from 1840 to 1907. Of particular numismatic interest is the exceedingly...

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Kansas governor signs bill providing sales-tax exemption

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, Kansas governor Laura Kelly signed into law House Bill 2140, which provides a sales-tax exemption on sales of gold and silver coins and on all gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion.

“The outcome is not everything we started with in the original bill, but certainly better than where we were,” said Dean Schmidt (Dean Schmidt Rare Coins). The late Diane Piret, ICTA’s director of legislative affairs, would agree. She always said, “It’s better to get a partial loaf than none. We can always come back for more.”

The dealer and collector communities, in conjunction with ICTA, put a tremendous amount of hard work into the grassroots campaign. Dean Schmidt championed the cause for the last three years, raising capital for the lobbyist and reimbursing ICTA’s expenses, getting the word out to the dealers and collectors, speaking all over the state at shows, sending out emails, attending meetings at the State House, and testifying in both the House...

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United Kingdom: Second £2 coins marking the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s discoveries now available in precious metal

The Royal Mint has launched (21st May) the precious metal versions of the second of three coins commemorating the 250th anniversary of the momentous voyage begun by Captain James Cook and the ultimate discovery of a vast continent at the bottom of the globe: Australia.

Captain James Cook grew up in the historic port of Whitby in North Yorkshire, England, until the age of 17. In August 1768, Cook set sail on HM Bark Endeavour, commencing what would become a three-year voyage of discovery.

The second leg of Cook’s voyage of discovery took him into the Pacific Ocean, some 3,000 miles further from Rio de Janeiro. By the time he sighted Tahiti on the 22nd April 1769, he had sailed a further 5,000 miles. After exploring the islands we know today as Tahiti and observing the transit of Venus, Cook opened his second sealed orders and set sail due south.

The Endeavour was the ship that carried Captain James Cook through his daring expedition, and the term “bark” (sometimes spelt...

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