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THE LARGEST GOLD COIN FINDS IN SUNKEN TREASURE SHIPS

Whether you are young or old, love adventure and discovery or the thrill of riches, there is a certain allure about sunken treasure that appeals to all of us. Learn about 4 real-world examples of sunken treasure ships and their lost-then-found-again precious cargo of gold coins in this presentation from Bellevue Rare Coins. If you…

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THE UNITED STATES MINT UNVEILS THE 225TH ANNIVERSARY AMERICAN LIBERTY COIN

  The highly anticipated American Liberty gold coin has made its 225th annual debut and it is as stunning as ever. The high relief, the gold coin was unveiled on January 12, 2017, at the Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C.   Paying homage to the Statue of Freedom, designer, Justin Kunz and sculptor, Phebe…

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THE PERFECT FLAW

  Unfortunately, not everything in life is perfect; the same is true for striking coins. Throughout history, there have been mishaps with the machinery, test runs that did not go anywhere near as planned and even intentional hiccups orchestrated by Mint employees. How and why have certain, imperfect pieces throughout history been deemed worthy of…

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REAL de OCHO

Back in June of 2015, Eric Schmitt and his family made an unthinkable discovery of over $1.5 million in coins and various artifacts later determined to be those of a sunken Spanish fleet. Heading to Spain from Havana, Cuba, the fleet compiled of 11 ships were caught and eventually succumbed to a hurricane. Each ship…

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TO BULLION OR NOT

What is bullion? Who determines the worth of bullion? What is the difference between bars and coins? Are bullion coins or numismatic (collectible) coins valued at a higher rate? For many, these are questions without simple answers. Bellevue Rare Coins has decided to tackle these and provide simplified answers for those interested.   Let us…

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The Little-Known Story of the “Fort Knox of Silver”

On Saturday, May 23rd, the newest group of cadets graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The school is the only one in the country that is also home to a U.S. Mint. But the West Point Mint’s proximity to a prestigious military academy isn’t the only thing that makes it special…

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Why People Look for a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! Most of us celebrate the Irish holiday by wearing green and drinking Guinness. Some people may even commemorate the holiday by searching for that pot of gold coins at the end of a rainbow. Of all the Irish traditions and myths we hear about on St. Patrick’s Day, the…

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Divers Accidentally Find Giant Gold Coin Hoard in Israel

In early February, six divers decided to go for a casual dive near an ancient harbor known as Caesarea. But what they thought would be an ordinary day underwater turned out to be a life-changing experience. During the dive, the divers spotted something that looked like play money lying on the seabed. Playing it safe,…

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Little-Known Facts About the Super Bowl Coin Toss

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here. This weekend, the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots in Arizona. And what’s the very first thing done on the football field? A coin is tossed, and a team picks heads or tails. If you love football, and you love coins, then the Super Bowl coin toss…

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For Success in the New Year, Ring It in with Coins

The New Year is the time of year that many of us make resolutions to better ourselves. A lot of those resolutions have to do with money, mainly regarding how to get — and keep — more money. So perhaps it’s no surprise that cultures around the globe ring in the New Year with coins….

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Top Ten Terrific Bullion Coins of 2014

The year is coming to a close, and 2015 is right around the corner. Everybody in the coin world is already talking about next year’s hot releases. But before we move on, let’s reminisce about some of the best coins from this past year. Whether you love sports, superheroes, or animals, there’s something for everyone…

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The 2015 Chinese Panda Coins Have Radically Changed

Every year, China releases a new bullion coin, and each year, collectors scramble to get them. One side of the coin changes every year, so collectors can always count on something new with the Chinese Panda coin. But for 2015, everything has changed. Last month, the design for the 2015 Chinese Panda coin was released….

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Six Coins That Broke World Records

Have you ever wondered about the world’s biggest coin? What about the most valuable coin? Well, wonder no more. Here’s a list of the world’s record-breaking coins, from small to large, and everything in between. Smallest Coin The matter of the world’s smallest coin is hotly disputed. Some numismatic experts in India claim that the…

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The One Thing That Saved the San Francisco Mint

This is the third installment in our series about United States mints. In the mid-nineteenth century in San Francisco, one thing was on everybody’s mind: gold! But the nearest mint to the California Gold Rush was all the way in New Orleans. A mint was badly needed to turn the huge supplies of raw gold…

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South African Gold, Paul Kruger, and the Krugerrand

  Legends of gold in South Africa predate the country’s existence, and the ancient gold artifacts from the region have long proven them to be true. Early settlers to Africa were always eager to find this legendary gold, though few had any success. After a few minor gold discoveries, settlers in the 1800s began to…

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