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Wayne Homren 2017-03-15 full New subscribers this week include: Aliaksandr (Alex) Sauchyk, S. Omid Mohammadi, and Saehoon Park. Welcome aboard!

Thank you for reading The E-Sylum. If you enjoy it, please send me the email addresses of friends you think may enjoy it as well and I'll send them a subscription. Contact me at anytime regarding your subscription, or questions, comments or suggestions about our content.

This week we open with numismatic literature sale highlights, six new books, updates from the J. Douglas Ferguson Historical Research Foundation, the Newman Numismatic Portal, and more.

Other topics this week include Canadian coins, British gold coins, S.S. Central America artifacts, D. W. Valentine, David Lisot, Jeff Garrett, Bill English, auction previews, Dionysus on Ancient coins, and the Super Bowl coin toss.

To learn more about the American Diplomatic Medal, the 1794 dollar, relic hunting in America, the medals of British Admiral George Brydges Rodney, Nizam's Mint, Canadian Numismatic Resources, the Celina Coin Co., Mint sports, the Princess Kaiulani medal, and preventing Bicycle Face, read on. Have a great week, everyone!

Wayne Homren
Editor, The E-Sylum

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Here are more highlights from the February 25, 2023 sale from numismatic literature sellers Kolbe & Fanning. -Editor

Kolbe-Fanning Sale 166 cover Highlights from February 25 Sale

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are holding our next auction on Saturday, February 25, 2023. The sale brings together two excellent libraries on U.S. and world coins, and supplements them with offerings from several other consignors, to result in a remarkable variety of rare and out-of-print works on coins, medals, and paper money from antiquity to the present.

Some highlights of the sale include:

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Tom Kays submitted this announcement and review of a new book on relic hunting in America with many finds of interest to numismatists, helping to document the use of coinage in the early United States (Virginia in particular). Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing a copy. -Editor

Groundbreakers book cover Groundbreakers by Stephen W. Sylvia and Nancy Dearing Rossbacher (publishers of the North-South Trader Magazine) is a beautiful and massive book of nearly 600 pages illustrating the history of relic hunting in America with thousands of stunning color photos of artifacts (including many coins), plus sidebar stories about the significance and meaning of these historic treasures. Published in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Northern Virginia Relic Hunters Association (NVHRA), the oldest club of its kind in America, Groundbreakers highlights true tales about finding historic artifacts, pulling the best representatives from thousands of photos, spanning hundreds of lifetime collections of living and deceased diggers, whose amazing collections have never been fully shared in public until now.

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Skyler Liechty has published a new book on the medals of British Admiral George Brydges Rodney. Here's the announcement. -Editor

Medallic Memorials of Admiral Rodney book cover It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of Medallic Memorials of George Brydges Rodney Admiral of the White. This book delves into the life and legacy of one of the most influential figures in British naval history as illustrated by the numerous medals issued to commemorate his naval achievements which are cataloged here for the first time.

Admiral Rodney was a major figure in the British Royal Navy during the 18th century. He was instrumental in securing several major victories for Britain during the American Revolution and the Anglo-French Wars. His bravery and leadership on the high seas earned him the admiration of the British people and a place in the annals of history. One of his most brilliant accomplishments was the employment of a naval strategy called breaking the line, which had been virtually unused in British naval warfare up to that point.

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The new 2023 Charlton Canadian Coins book is available in both English and French versions. -Editor

  Charleton Canadian Coins 2023 book cover English Charleton Canadian Coins 2023 book cover French


‘The Standard' reference guide for all circulating Canadian coins.

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SPINK has published a two-volume work by Maurice Bull on English gold coinage. The volumes are available separately or as a set. The first volume covers 1649-1816. -Editor

English Gold Coinage 1649-1816 book cover English Gold Coinage 1649-1816
Maurice Bull

Regular price £55.00
216 x 138 mm
680 pages with colour illustrations throughout
ISBN: 978-1-912667-50-5

This comprehensive guide covers every type of English gold coin for the period 1649-1816, including many new varieties. The arrangement is by monarch, with accompanying Bull reference numbers cross-referenced to the Standard Catalogue of British Coins.

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SPINK has published a two-volume work by Maurice Bull on English gold coinage. The volumes are available separately or as a set. The second volume covers 1816-1971. -Editor

English Gold Coinage 1816-1971 book cover English Gold Coinage Volume II (1816-1971)
by Maurice Bull

Regular price £55.00
216 x 138 mm
618 pages with colour illustrations throughout
ISBN: 978-1-912667-72-7

This comprehensive guide covers every type of English gold coin for the period 1816-1971, incorporating the British Sovereign Series issued within the British Empire. The arrangement is by monarch, with accompanying Bull reference numbers cross-referenced to the Standard Catalogue of British Coins, and includes provenance below each illustration when possible.

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Pabitra Saha alerted me to this new book from India about a mint museum in Hyderabad. Thank you. -Editor

Nizam's Mint book cover NIZAM'S MINT TO A PEOPLE'S MUSEUM
A Pride of Deccan Heritage and Technology

Author Name: Dr J P Dash
Format: Paperback

Here is a book titled ' Nizam's Mint to a People's Museum, A Pride of Deccan Heritage and Technology ' that Connects the Past with the Present and tells you how Nizam's Mint metamorphosed into a Living Coin Technological Museum. Be ready to explore the History of Deccan Coinage, take an enchanting voyage in time with the Mint, explore the Science and Technology of Minting, revel in the unheard incidents and anecdotes from the Life of the Mint, including that of Second World War, relish the Art of Project Management in the creation of one of the finest Mint at Cherlapally. I am sure your Love for coins and Numismatics will be kindled in your heart. And you will celebrate the Heritage of India through the History of Minting as we rejoice in the 75 Years of Freedom, captioned as Azadi ke Amrit Mahotsav.

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Special hardbound copies of the catalog for the second S.S. Central America sale are being offered by Holabird Americana. -Editor

  S.S. Central America Artifacts Auction Part II
Special Edition Print Catalog

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In this special catalog, you'll find new and exciting stories on the people and artifacts of the SS Central America. There are numerous important essays by Fred Holabird, Bob Evans, Neil Dobson (one of the archaeologists), and others. Essays include:

  • "Ship Plans" by Fred Holabird
  • "Coal & the Quest for the Ship of Gold" by Robert Evans
  • "Recovery Technologies & Methodologies" by Neil Dobson
  • "The Easton Family Story" by Brian Easton Stark
  • "Trunks" by Robert Evans
  • "Gold Bags Through History" by Fred Holabird
  • "Sam Brannan" by Fred Holabird
  • "Purser Hull" by Linda Stanton
  • "The Counterfeit 8 Escudo Coins from the SS Central America" by Fred Holabird & Robert Evans
  • "Notes on Passenger Receipts" by Fred Holabird
  • Alsop Treasure Box & Story by Fred Holabird
  • PMSS Tag & Story by Fred Holabird
  • "California Gold Quartz and Gold Nugget Jewelry" By Fred Holabird
  • "California Gold Rush Miners' Fashion" by Fred Holabird
  • Kellogg & Humbert Gold Ingot & Story by Fred Holabird
  • "Nemo" by Robert Evans
  • "Is There More Treasure?" by Fred Holabird & Robert Evans

You'll find special 3D images, schematic drawings of the ship, and QR codes that will lead you to videos showing recovery of select artifacts by the Nemo ROV!

If you make a purchase over $500 in this auction, your catalog purchase of $100 will be credited to your invoice upon request (shipping excluded). Please contact us prior to payment to collect your credit.

For more information, or to order, see:
S.S. Central America Artifacts Auction Part II Catalog (

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:


NOW IN ITS SEVENTH EDITION, Q. David Bowers's Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars is updated with a thorough market analysis for each date and mint, coin values in multiple grades, additional and larger illustrations, new image galleries, updated appendices, and more. Expanded to 336 pages. Order your copy online at , or call 1-800-546-2995.


We mentioned this before since the site has been public for a short while, but here's the official announcement for the Canadian Numismatic Resources website. -Editor

  Canadian Numismatic Resources CNR logo

The J. Douglas Ferguson Historical Research Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, a digital repository of Canadian numismatic sources. The website is aptly named Canadian Numismatic Resources – Ressources numismatique Canada: The CNR website is the first of its kind in Canada and promises to be the most complete resource of Canadian numismatic documents. While content is constantly being added, the new website already contains the equivalent of over 10,000 pages of sources consisting of a variety of material, including numismatic periodicals, coin club journals, numismatists' catalogues, dealer price lists and auction catalogues, and government and archival records relevant to Canadian currency and numismatics. Most documents are out-of-print and free of copyright protection. Otherwise, permission has been granted on protected documents.

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Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger provided the following report. -Editor

Daniel W. Valentine (1863-1932)

In honor of Valentine's Day, one might recall the New Jersey collector Daniel W. Valentine (1863-1932). Valentine was a two-time president of the New York Numismatic Club (1918, 1920) and is best remembered for his work on half dime varieties, The United States Half Dimes, published by the American Numismatic Society in 1931 in the Numismatic Notes and Monographs series, no. 48. He also published Fractional Currency of the United States in 1924.

  Daniel W. Valentine presidential medal in silver obverse Daniel W. Valentine presidential medal in silver reverse
Daniel W. Valentine presidential medal in silver, issued by the New York Numismatic Club. Ex. Jay Galst (CNG, May 26, 2021), lot 870, realized $1,300.

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The David Lisot Video Library on the Newman Numismatic Portal can be found at:

We highlight one of his videos each week in The E-Sylum. Here's one from 1986 showing David's wide range of knowledge and interests. -Editor

  David Lisot Coin Report 1986 David Lisot Collector Guru 1986

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Greg Bennick's interview with dealer and longtime E-Sylum supporter Fred Weinberg was a wonderful look at the hobby and business of error coin collecting over the last half century. Greg has now embarked on a new series of interviews for the Newman Numismatic Portal, starting with Redbook Editor Jeff Garrett. Here's the first part, where Jeff tells how he got started in the hobby. -Editor

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Greg Bennick: My name is Greg Bennick, and I'm here today with Jeff Garrett. We're going to answer a few questions about his career and whatnot. And Jeff, let's just dive right in. Thanks so much for taking the time. I really appreciate it.

Jeff Garrett:  Well thanks Greg for having me today.

Greg Bennick: Absolutely. So tell me, how did you get your start in coins? You know, your bio is online, many people know the things that you have done. I'm almost always more curious about the human element behind the bio. So how did you get your start in coins and what year was that and how did that go about?

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Numismatic literature dealer Howard R. Engel of Richard Stockley Books adds these notes about collector Bill English. -Editor

Judy Blackman sketch of Bill English Judy Blackman had an instrumental role in the design of Bill's tribute medals minted on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Waterloo Coin Society last fall. In her own words from a February 1, 2023 personal communication to me, including her attached sketch to which she refers:

"I won the 2022 ONA medal design contest, which was initially based on this sketch I did of Bill included in the design, but later it was revised a few times due to issues with the Mississauga Mint for striking. You can see the difference in the finished product."

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Jamaica Street Car Co. Token

  Jamaica Street Car Co.Token obverse Jamaica Street Car Co.Token reverse
Last week I'd asked where this token is from. Dave Schenkman writes:

"The Jamaica Street Car Co. token is from Kingston, Jamaica."

Jon Radel writes:

"There's a reason it's in one of their world auctions."

Well, duuh. Thanks for setting me straight! Kingston, Jamaica it is. -Editor

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: FEBRUARY 5, 2023 : Jamaica Street Car Co.Token (

Other topics this week include How to Create a World Class BankNote Collection, and the Rochester Junior Numismatic Association. -Editor

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Here's another entry from Dick Johnson's Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology. The reference example is not illustrated here, however. -Editor

Mint Sport. An enigmatic numismatic item which can only be explained as an object created by mint personnel for their own amusement or diversion. A mint sport can be something of utmost curiosity, of the most beguiling dilemma or perplexing uncertainty. Often they are termed by the unenlightened as mint errors. But a knowledge of mint technology would help determine when an object is a bona fide error and when it is someone playing around with the equipment. Any worker in a mint – engraver, diesinker, pressman or finisher – could create such an object, as it can originate at most any step of the minting process, or include several steps.

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E-Sylum Feature Writer and American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this article on author D. W. Valentine. Thank you! -Editor

  Daniel Webster Valentine (1863-1932)
Part I - Biography

Daniel Webster Valentine.01 This week, as Valentine's Day approaches, our subject is a numismatist named Valentine.

Daniel Webster Valentine was born in New York City on March 7, 1863, the son of real estate dealer and hardware merchant, Charles Wesley Valentine (1834-1905) and Sarah Eliza Fleetwood Valentine (1834-1885). When Daniel was four years old in 1867, the family moved to Englewood, New Jersey. Before going to college, Daniel worked in the family store.

Daniel was married on October 28, 1896, to Ada Belle Colwell (1863-1941) at the Presbyterian Church in her home town of Harrisville, Michigan. She graduated from Elmira Female College in 1884 and worked as a teacher. They had two daughters. Marion and Margaret, and both got married but neither of them had children.

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John Feigenbaum of the Greysheet penned an excellent article on the state of the coin market. With permission, we're republishing it here. -Editor

  2023 Orlando and Berlin coin shows

Collectors line up to gain entrance to the 2023 FUN & World Money Fair Shows in Orlando and Berlin, respectively.

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Here are some additional highlights from Auction 67 Session II from Numismatic Auctions LLC closing February 18, 2023. Some nice coins here. -Editor

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Lot 598: Brazil 960 Reis, 1810-R. KM-307.3. Rare variety with no stops/periods either side of 960 and florets. Listed in Gomes – valor e florao sem pontos. Unrecorded in recent auction records. Pleasing toned EF with trace of undertype visible. Nice opportunity for the specialist. ($200-300)

To read the complete lot description, see:
Brazil 960 Reis 1810-R Rare Variety Toned EF - No Stops/Periods at 960 & Florets! None in Recent Auction Records! (

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In an email to customers this week, Davissons Ltd. previewed coins in their upcoming March 1st 2023 Auction 42. -Editor

Auction 42, closing Wednesday, March 1st 2023, is online now! Print catalogs will be sent tomorrow, and can also be viewed on our website.

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Our major annual auction covers many areas—Greek and Roman, the British Isles from Anglo-Saxon to hammered, milled, and tokens, World, and U.S. It opens with select gold from several beautiful collections that have come into our office in the past year–fine style solidi of Constantius II and Honorius, a rare Julian II solidus, and a fascinating series of three tremisses showing the progression from Roman, to Byzantine, to Visigoth.

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Here's a press release on the upcoming Noonan's banknote sale. Nice notes! -Editor

  Lot 266 - rare £500 note from the Bank of England branch in Leeds please credit Noonans

An extremely rare £500 note from the Bank of England branch in Leeds dated 1936 will be offered by Noonans in their sale of Banknotes on Wednesday & Thursday, March 1 & 2, 2023. Signed by Kenneth O. Peppiatt who was Chief Cashier at the Bank of England, it is expected to fetch £18,000-22,000. It is the first one to ever be sold at auction and only the second one known to exist.

As Andrew Pattison, Head of Banknote Department at Noonans commented: It is indeed a fantastic note. £500 notes are very rare, and in fact only available from three Bank of England branches - London, Liverpool and Leeds, although some were issued in Birmingham and Manchester none have ever come to light. Of those available, Leeds branch, like this one, are the rarest. It comes from a long-term collector and is only the second example ever to come to the open market.

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Here are some items that caught my eye in the March 4, 2023 MDC Monaco E-Auction 5. These are Google-translated descriptions, so be sure to consult the original listings. -Editor

  MDC E-Auction 5 Lot 13 Macedonia Philip II Gold Stater

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Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC is continuing their sales of artifacts recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Central America. The net auction closes March 6th, 2023. Here's the announcement. -Editor

  SS Central America Shipwreck Artifacts Auction Part II
Saturday, March 4th & Sunday, March 5th, 2023

Holabird E-Sylum ad 2023-02-12 SSCA II sale Welcome to Part II of the SS Central America Shipwreck Artifacts Auctions!

After breaking world records in the Part I, December 2022 auction, we now present the second and final auction of unique treasure items from this world-famous 1857 Gold Rush treasure ship.

The 420 lots in this sale are split into five sections hosted over two days. Sections 1, 2, & 3 will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. Sections 4 & 5 will take place on Sunday, March 5th, 2023.

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Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week. Tell us what you think of some of these. -Editor

Elis, Olympia, Silver Stater
Elis, Olympia, Silver Stater

Elis, Olympia, silver Stater, c.400 BC, 'Hera' mint, struck during the 95th Olympiad, head of Hera right, wearing stephane decorated with the letters H-P-A, and palmettes, rev. F - A, thunderbolt within olive wreath, 12.09g, 7h (Seltman, Temple 275 [dies EK/hn]; BCD -; SNG Copenhagen 381, these dies; BMC 63, these dies). In NGC holder graded Ch VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5.

Nice coin with an interesting portrait; from Sovereign Rarities Auction 8. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 3: CH VF 4/5 5/5 | Elis Olympia silver Stater Late 5th century BC (

Other topics this week include a Civil War dog tag, a Princess Kaiulani medal, and a Stump Speaker cast iron bank. -Editor

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Mike Markowitz published a nice article on CoinWeek about the God of Wine - Dionysus on ancient coins. Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online. -Editor


WINE PLAYED SUCH a central role in Greek and Roman culture, economics, and religion that it is no surprise that Dionysus, the god of wine, appears on thousands of ancient coins, especially from regions famed for their grape vines. These are often regions that still produce fine vintages today. Grape clusters, vine leaves, and a two-handled drinking vessel called a kantharos often accompany Dionysus in classical art, along with his supernatural followers the satyrs and his animal companion the panther. On Greek coins, he is almost never identified with a written label, but he can usually be recognized by his signature attributes: a wreath of ivy leaves and the thyrsus, which is a staff or wand topped by a pine cone.

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The 700-year-old ceremony Trial of the Pyx will be held in London soon, reviewing the precious metal coinage of the Royal Mint. Here's a preview from the Financial Times. -Editor

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Britain's coins have been tested for their metallic composition, weight and size in the country's oldest judicial process called the Trial of the Pyx, which carries the maximum punishment of imprisonment for the chancellor if the coinage is found to be of poor quality.

Officials from the Royal Mint on Tuesday brought close to 10,000 coins to King's Remembrancer, the oldest judicial office in the UK, to be counted and weighed in an official ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall in London.

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In other numismatic plans, King Charles will distribute Maundy coinage at York Minster this year. -Editor

The King and Queen Consort will distribute Maundy money at York Minster in April in the first such service since the death of the late Queen Elizabeth.

The royal couple will attend the minster on 6 April for the traditional service where money is handed out to people in recognition of their work in the church and community.

The Dean of York, the Very Reverend Dominic Barrington, said it was an honour the minster had been chosen for the first Maundy service of the new reign.

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I like to follow local newspapers looking for articles about coin designers that may have information beyond that seen in the numismatic press. This piece is about the SUBJECT of a new coin, the Native American Five Moons ballerinas. -Editor

  Maria Tallchief quarter

The United States Mint announced a new $1 coin will be releasing this year featuring esteemed Native American ballerina dancer, Maria Tallchief, along with four others representing the Five Moons – an Oklahoma-based group of Native American ballerinas during the 20th century.

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Here's a local New Jersey article about the Cuban-born 'Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz. -Editor

  Celia Cruz

For more than 40 years, Celia Cruz quartered in Fort Lee. In late 2024, her image will adorn a quarter. Officials at the United States Mint this month named the late Cruz one of five honorees for the American Women Quarters Program's 2024 series. Launched in 2022, the program is in its second year of a four-year run designed to create awareness for trailblazers in women's history, such as Cruz.

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Doug Nyholm edits the Mint Master for the Utah Numismatic Society. In the January 2023 issue he wrote a short article on U.S. Mint bags. With permission, we're republishing it here. Thank you. -Editor

Carson City Mint Silver Dollar Bag framed This Carson City mint bag once held 1000 Morgan silver dollars. A Heritage auction recently sold this bag at auction for $6,000 including the buyers premium. I was totally amazed that an empty bag which once held 1000 Morgan silver dollars could sell for 6 times its once held contents.

Shown here are several pictures of vintage silver dollar bags of which literally hundreds, if not thousands were stored in vaults. It is strange that more than a few have survived, or have they, and are they part of long time old collections still in hiding. Or, were the vast majority simply tossed like garbage like an old candy wrapper? In any event, I will keep looking and hoping to find that elusive treasure someday.

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A Kellogg & Humbert assayer's gold ingot leads the highlights of the S.S. Central America artifacts auction in this press release. -Editor

Kellogg & Humbert 32.15 oz Historic numismatic items, including a nearly two-pound Kellogg & Humbert assayer's gold ingot, are included in the second and final auction of never-before-offered California Gold Rush artifacts recovered from the 1857 sinking of the fabled Ship of Gold, the S.S. Central America. The auction will be conducted in Reno, Nevada and online by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC ( on March 4 and 5, 2023.

Among the nearly 500 other recovered items in the auction are an intact treasure shipment box, a contemporary counterfeit Mexican gold coin, jewelry made from Gold Rush ore and nuggets, banknotes, coin shipment bags, and leather pokes that had carried miners' gold and other belongings on the voyage. Even Nemo, the 12,000-pound robot submarine that located and retrieved the treasure, is in the auction.

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Where would the Super Bowl be without a coin toss? And what would the coin toss be like without an official custom-made Super Bowl coin-tossing coin? Here's an article about the Highland Mint, maker of the high-profile piece. -Editor

  2023 Super Bowl coin Highland Mint

The Super Bowl is almost here and to kick it off, you need a coin toss.

The game doesn't start without us, so we are really proud of that moment, and we'll be in front of 50 million people, says Vince Bohbot, Highland Mint Executive Vice President.

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Here are some additional items in the media this week that may be of interest. -Editor

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A young numismatist in India is profiled in this PCGS article. -Editor

  1938 India One Rupee obverse 1938 India One Rupee

My name is Aarav Dokania, and I'm a 19-year-old numismatist from India. I specialize in British India Coinage from 1835 through 1947. I started collecting coins at the age of eight or nine years old. My late uncle collected coins, and after his passing, his collection was inherited by my elder brother and sister, who also collect coins. This tradition of coin collecting in my home led me to collect coins naturally.

In my early days, I would collect foreign and Indian coins that looked different from the ones in circulation. I was such a pain for all my family and relatives, always asking for coins. I used to believe that the age of a coin determined its rarity. I didn't have much access to the internet and there were fewer resources available online then. Being from a rural part of the country also left me with little chance of fraternizing with any professional numismatist. Over the next few years, I would go on to collect without any knowledge and understanding, but with a passion to learn.

From the age of 12 to 17, my involvement with the hobby nearly came to a standstill because of my years in a boarding school. It was during the pandemic-related lockdown that I had the time to sit down and look through my collection once again, and it was then that I also was able to connect to the numismatic community. It all started when I came across a YouTube video that covered Indian coins, through which I was able to connect to all the groups on Facebook, where much of the hobby community interacts. I started to learn more about the subject and about coin grading, third-party grading, numismatic forums, and auction houses and started to have conversations with dealers and other senior numismatists who were always very kind to answer my questions and were of great help.

It was at this point that I got into British Indian coins, which I found fascinating with a very organized market. I quickly immersed myself fully and got very serious about it and started to give five to eight hours a day to the hobby, including reading books and articles, going through auction records, and evaluating major Indian collections that were auctioned.

I'm currently assembling a complete date-and-mint set of one rupee coins from 1835 to 1947, with the end goal of making it the best set of rupee coins ever assembled. The one rupee coinage has always fascinated me the most because of the beautiful designs and rich history it carries.

To read the complete article, see:
British Indian Coinage Draws This Young Numismatist (

Other topics this week include Germany's Largest Private Library, and a "digital dollar" for the U.S. -Editor

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