29 Jul 2014

The Baseball and Kennedy Hot Coins

YoungNumismatists Exchange | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

My Dad bought for me the new Silver Proof Baseball Coin from the US Mint, and they just came in the mail last week. It sure is a hot item and looks great! When we bought it from the mint it costs about $51, and now you can sell it for at least $150 since it sold out right away. It tripled in price! But I am going to save mine, and not sell it. Also, I am looking forward to the new Kennedy half dollars that are coming out soon. We read an article in Numismatic News and Coin World that the Mint will be selling a special silver 4 coin half dollar silver proof set, each one with a different mintmark from each of the 4 mints (San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia and West Point Mints) and special different proof type finishes on each coin. You have to buy all 4 together, so the set will probably cost around $120, maybe more, I am guessing. You can’t just buy one at a time, which would have been better for me. I am now trying to earn and save up some money by doing jobs around the house like gardening or cleaning the garage, and selling my old toys so that I can buy a set. I am also having coin meetings with my family that I charge for and my Dad pays me 50 cents each meeting. I had a different meetings with my familyon Sundayand my Dad paid me $3 for the meetings. I don’t think that I will be able to afford the special gold Kennedy half dollar. The article said that it will be the size of a regular half dollar with 2 dates on it 1964 and 2014. 1964 is the year the first Kennedy half dollar came out, which was the first year after President Kennedy was shot (in 1963), and now its 2014 which is 50 years later. I don’t think that I will be able to save up enough money to get that one, but I like looking at the pictures. Also, the mint is coming out with a 2 coin clad (not silver) set, but I don’t think it will be worth much in a few years. We looked at the mint’s website and it’s supposed to come out on July 24, 2014 for $9.95 for a clad P and D coin. My Dad gave to me a special George Washington clad half dollar from 1986. He said that probably when the Mint was selling them, they cost $5 or $6 dollars, he didn’t remember, but now you can get one for like $3 or $4. So the value went down instead of going up. it wasn’t worth it, but it’s still a cool coin. I don’t know when the mint will be selling the silver or the gold coins, but we heard that it’s supposed to be sold at the big ANA show World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. It will probably sell out there just like the baseball coins did and the reverse proof buffalo did last year at the ANA.

29 Jul 2014

Our Most Recent Commemorative Coins and their Value

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Our most recent Commemorative Coin, the cupped-shape baseball coin, is faring well so far. The Silver Coin has it its limited mintage of 400,000 and the golds also sold out at 50,000. The clads, which have sold more than 200,000 so far, is still well under the Mint’s limit of 750,000. The Silver baseball coins are selling for $100 to $150 on ebay which is double to triple their selling price of $50, so that’s a real home run! The gold version is also selling at a significant amount their original sale price from the Mint. Coins that have been graded by the major grading companies and have achieved a score of MS69 or MS70 are going for even more. Some dealers have even been able to start “selling the label”, with autographs of baseball stars and the like. I don’t know if these are real autographs or photocopies on the label, but it seems that it is really popular, and people are paying a premium for labels even way above the grade. I don’t know whatever happened to the adage of buy the coin not the label! Even though that I think that that was referring to the grade that the grading company put on the label say in between an AU58 and an MS 63, the coin may look the same, even though they are two separate grades on 2 scales, but in this more recent case, people are literally just buying the “special label”, like it’s a baseball card! I once heard a dealer tell a customer at a show “sure this is more expensive, it’s got the “special orange label”! Duhey! Getting back to the baseball coins, surprisingly, the clads aren’t doing too bad short-term, commonly selling for about $40 dollars on eBay now for people that do want to wait for the Mint to ship their coin. But these coins will probably hold no long-term value, as proven by the Mint many times with other Commemorative programs. I received a Silver Proof baseball coin from my Dad as a gift and intend to hold on to it long-term and see how the value pans out long-term. Meanwhile, I am doing jobs around the house and neighborhood and watching my savings carefully to see if I can save for the much acclaimed four-coin 2014 50thAnniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Silver Coin Collection Set that will be released this Summer. This Silver Set will for sure sell-out. The Mint hasn’t said much about the Silver and Gold sets, and they are not even on the US Mint’s Website yet. So it isn’t clear as to when these will be released, but rumor and recent coin articles indicate that they will be released at the large ANA show in Rosemont, IL,August 5-9, 2014. What is on the Mint’s website for release at the end of July and at a price of $9.95 is a 2 coin Clad set, P&D with some sort of special finish. I don’t think these will be worth much long term, as almost all clad sets have decreased in value from the issue price. There are probably a few exceptions though, and that would be something I would like to research, perhaps for the next article I write. In the meantime, I am definitely looking forward to the release of the new Kennedy’s and think that they will be a hit with the public . Also, more importantly, maybe cool coins like these will get more kids my age into the great world of Numismatics.

11 Jun 2014


News | ANA Official Post | jfletcher

The Board of Governors for the American Numismatic Association held a teleconference in executive session on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The board heard a report about a new college scholarship, appointed a new treasurer and accepted a bid for a new roof for the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, among other business.

22 Feb 2008

Heritage Auction Galleries Offers Matching Year of ANA Membership to Young Numismatists

News | ANA Official Post | jfletcher

Heritage Auction Galleries Offers Matching Year ofANA Membership to Young NumismatistsHeritage Auction Galleries is awarding a complimentary second year of membership withthe American Numismatic Association to young collectors who become junior members at2008 ANA conventions. The offer will be honored at the Phoenix National Money Show™,March 7-9, and at the Baltimore World’s Fair of Money®, July 30-August 3.“Everyone agrees that reaching out to youth is vital to the future of numismatics,” saidRobert Korver, Director Emeritus of Heritage Auctions. “This initiative is a way to get youngpeople involved and excited about our great hobby. We’re proud to promote the ANA’smission.”The junior membership offer is part of a larger effort by Heritage to strengthen numismaticsthrough support of the ANA. This April, Heritage will award one life membership, five five yearmemberships and 20 one-year memberships to people who completed its 2008Auction Survey. Additionally, 10 ANA members will win $100 gift certificates toMoneyMarket, the ANA’s gift shop and online catalog. Heritage provided similar support in2007.“Our spring and summer conventions have always been a terrific place to attract youngpeople to the Association,” said Ken Hallenbeck, ANA Executive Director. “This generousoffer by Heritage ensures that young collectors can enjoy all of the educational benefits ofmembership at minimal cost.”Heritage Auction Galleries has been the official auctioneer for numerous ANA conventions,including the 2008 Phoenix and Baltimore shows. For more information on upcomingauctions and programs, visit www.HA.com.

18 Oct 2002

Young numismatists can earn free Early American Copper Coins in new ANA program

News | ANA Official Post | jfletcher

Junior and student members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) can earn earlyAmerican copper coins, reference books and supplies for activities and projects innumismatics.

05 Oct 2001

ANA starts electronic newsletter for young numismatists

News | ANA Official Post | jfletcher

“Your Newsletter," an electronic communication device designed for Young Numismatists(YNs), has been launched by the American Numismatic Association (ANA).

22 Nov 2000

Young numismatists can earn free ancient coins in ANA program

News | ANA Official Post | jfletcher

Junior and student members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) can earnquality ancient coins from ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Indian empires by completing a short list of numismatic activities."The ANA's Ancient Coin Project is re-named for its founder David R. Cervin, who originatedthe program more than 25 years ago to encourage the collection and study of coins fromancient civilizations," says ANA Education Director Gail Baker. "He did a magnificent job inadvancing not only interest in ancient coinage but a genuine love of all aspects ofnumismatics. Because of Mr. Cervin's advancing age and with the generous help of ancientcoin expert Harlan Berk, the ANA will now directly administer this program."Berk, president of Harlan J. Berk Ltd. in Chicago, is donating the coins for this program, and says he sees it as "a chance to save an important numismatic educational tool thatintroduces young collectors to ancient coins and encourages their interest in generalnumismatics as well.""This program is not just about ancient coins, it promotes all numismatics," Berk adds. "I amhappy to help a really good program and return something to the ANA and numismatics forfuture generations. Although I am busy, like most everyone else, I am willing to mentor andconsult with those who request my help."An ANA life member and contributing editor to the ANA's monthly journal, The Numismatist,Berk has served as a consultant for more than 20 years for the Association's AuthenticationServices. He also is vice president of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and fellow ofANA's sister organization, the American Numismatic Society.The first coins are given to participants in the ANA Ancient Coin Project as they completethree of the first six categories. The activities include making a numismatic presentation to aschool, coin club or scout organization; producing an exhibit for coin show, school, bank orlibrary; writing a numismatic article for publication in a local state, regional or nationalpublication; holding office in an ANA member organization; volunteering at a coin show;and/or earning a scouting badge, club award or special recognition for numismatics.For their efforts, participants will receive:• An antoninianus (double denarius) from the Gallo-Roman Empire in the 3rd century during the reign of M. Piavvonius Victorinus (AD 268-270) who ruled the breakawayempire of Gaul and briefly Spain and Great Britain• A silver denarius issued during the rule of Septimius Severus (AD 193-211), who heldimportant posts under Emperor Marcus Aurelius before assuming supreme control ofthe Roman empire• A square silver coin issued between BC 321 and 181 in ancient India by the MauryanEmpire, which was created after the death of Greek expansionist Alexander the GreatIn the "Scholarship" category, project participants must complete either an ANACorrespondence Course or a Summer Seminar class. For their successful efforts, the studentswill receive an antoninianus issued during the reign of Marcus Aurelius Probus (AD 276-282),who rose to distinction in the armies of Roman Emperors Valerian, Claudius and AurelianIn the advance categories of the ANA Ancient Coin Project, students receive their final fourcoins after recruiting five new ANA members, or completing another ANA Correspondenceor Summer Seminar course; repeating either of the previous activities; publishing an article inan ANA member regional or national publication; and exhibiting at a local, regional ornational coin show the first seven coins they have received in the project.The final four coins project participants will receive include:• A Greek bronze coin, featuring a figure of the epic poet Homer, issued in the 2nd and1st centuries BC in Ionia, on the west coast of modern-day Turkey• A Greek bronze piece issued between BC 300 and 200 in Arpi, a city settled by theGreeks in southeast Italy• A silver tetradrachm issued under King Gotarzes II (AD 40-51) in the Parthian Empire,which was created in modern-day Iran after becoming a great enemy of Rome• A silver stater - famous for its depiction of two wrestlers - issued between BC 400 and300 in the Pamphylian city of Aspendus, now southwest TurkeyTo register or for more information about the ANA's David R. Cervin Ancient Coin Project,contact the ANA Education Department, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO80903-3279; telephone 719/632-2646; fax 719/634-4085; e-mail anaedu@money.org; or visitthe ANA web site at www.money.org.Harlan Berk can be contacted at 31 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60602; telephone 312/609-0016; fax 312/609-1309; or e-mail info@harlanjberk.com.


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