Prominent Coin Dealer Expands Numismatic-Themed Wine Business

(Napa, California) October 28, 2020 – A Napa Valley California winery, owned by a well-known professional numismatist and named after an important design element on United States coins, is expanding.

Steven L. Contursi, Chief Executive Officer of Rare Coin Wholesalers (www.RareCoinWholesalers.com) and his wife, Seanne, are proprietors of the Arrow&Branch Estate Vineyard (www.ArrowAndBranch.com) in Coombsville in the famous Napa Valley.

Steve Contursi has been a professional coin dealer since 1975, specializing in historically significant U.S. coins. The name Arrow&Branch was inspired by the unique EB-on-eagle’s-breast 1787 Brasher Doubloon he owned and frequently displayed across the country.

Part of the design on that early American gold coin struck by Ephraim Basher, and a motif used on many other U.S. coins since then is an eagle holding an olive branch and arrows in its talons. That enduring design prompted the name Arrow&Branch for both the vineyard and wine brand name.

Contursi sold his Brasher Doubloon for $7.4 million to a Wall Street investment firm in 2011.

He and his wife opened their wine business in 2007 with a 3.5-acre vineyard. In 2011 they acquired an additional 1.5 contiguous acres, and now they have purchased for approximately $4 million the 10-acre Williamson Family Vineyard in Napa that produces wines under the name Ideology Cellars.

“The property already has a winery permit, and we now are planning to build a winery on the property. This will be the new home of Arrow&Branch and our goal is to crush our first grapes there in 2022,” he explained.

Information about currently available Arrow&Branch Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc wines can be found online at www.ArrowAndBranch.com, or by phone at 707-200-3640 and by email at wine@ArrowAndBranch.com.

Seanne and Steven Contursi

United States Mint Opens Sales for Rolls and Bags of Massachusetts American Innovation™ $1 Coins on October 29

WASHINGTON–The United States Mint (Mint) will accept orders for rolls and bags of uncirculated Massachusetts American Innovation™ $1 Coins beginning on October 29 at noon EDT. Available product options and pricing are below.

PRODUCT CODE PRODUCT OPTION PRICE
20GRB 25-Coin Roll–P $34.50
20GRF 25-Coin Roll–D $34.50
20GBB 100-Coin Bag–P $117.50
20GBF 100-Coin Bag–D $117.50

The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series featuring distinctive reverse (tails) designs that pay homage to America’s ingenuity and celebrate the pioneering efforts of individuals or groups from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.

The Massachusetts $1 Coin is the second release of 2020. Its reverse design recognizes the invention of the telephone and depicts the dial of an early rotary telephone. Inscriptions are “MASSACHUSETTS,” “TELE-PHONE,” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The year of minting (“2020”), mint mark (“P” or “D”), and the inscription “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the coin’s edge. The reverse design was created by Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Emily Damstra and sculpted by Mint Medallic artist Eric David Custer.

American Innovation $1 Coins feature a common obverse (heads) design that depicts a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” The obverse also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation. The obverse design was created by AIP artist Phebe Hemphill and sculpted by Medallic artist Justin Kunz.

To sign up for Remind Me alerts, visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/american-innovation-1-coin-2020-rolls-and-bags-massachusetts-MASTER_INNOVATIONMA.html. For all products available in the American Innovation $1 Coin Program, visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/coins/coin-programs/american-innovation-dollar-coins.

To reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, the Mint’s sales centers are closed until further notice. Additionally, due to operational adjustments in response to COVID-19, our customer service representatives are available to assist with any questions you may have, but are unable to accept credit card information or place your order over the phone. Please use our website for all order placements at this time.

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date and time of Oct. 29, 2020, at noon EDT.

Gold Dealers Seeing New Buyers While Some Earlier Buyers Are Now Selling

“If you don’t know gold, you’d better know your gold dealer,” cautions the leader of the Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program of the Professional Numismatists Guild.

PNG-APMD

(Temecula, California) October 22, 2020 – Dealers who sell bullion gold and silver bullion coins report an increase in new customers who want to own precious metals. They also are seeing some earlier customers who are selling either because of personal economic conditions or simply want to take advantage of significantly higher bullion values since they purchased, according to members of the Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program (https://apmddealers.org), a division of the nonprofit Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).

“Of course, no one has an accurate crystal ball to precisely know the future, but dealers we’ve recently heard from say many of their customers are optimistic that gold and silver prices will continue going up, especially silver. Some dealers say their increase in precious metals sales are being made to investors worried about federal government spending and the uncertainty of the presidential election,” said PNG and APMD President Richard Weaver.

“On the selling side, dealers are reporting purchases from estate sales, from buyers taking advantage of profits from years-earlier acquisition of gold and silver bullion and also making purchases from sellers who quickly need cash whether because of unemployment, renovating a home or school tuition for their children,” explained Weaver.

Several APMD dealers said they are assisting elderly investors to get refunds from unscrupulous telemarketers who sold them grossly overpriced, and in some cases, counterfeit items.

“To avoid potential scams, such as counterfeits, and to avoid paying too much when you buy or receiving too little when you sell, investors absolutely must know the credentials of the bullion dealer. If you don’t know gold, you’d better know your gold dealer,” Weaver cautioned.

The Professional Numismatists Guild established its Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program in 2015 to provide consumer and investor protection in the marketplace. Every APMD member must follow a strict Code of Ethics (https://www.apmddealers.org/join-apmd#code) in the buying and selling of precious metals.

For additional information about the Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program, call the PNG at 951-587-8300 or visit www.APMDdealers.org. A list of APMD member-dealers is online at www.APMDddealers.org/apmd-dealers.

United States Mint Releases Three-Coin Set of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Quarters

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) began accepting orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ honoring Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont on October 20 at noon EDT. The set is priced at $11.50.

The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Three-Coin Set includes one uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, one uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and one proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint. All coins feature a reverse (tails) design depicting a young girl completing the planting of a Norway spruce seedling near an established tree, continuing the life cycle of the forest. The child represents the conservationist, seeking to maintain a sustainable forest for future enjoyment and education. Inscriptions are “LAND STEWARDSHIP,” “MARSH-BILLINGS-ROCKEFELLER,” “VERMONT,” “2020,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

The obverses (heads) of the coins depict the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, which has been restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

The coins in the set are secured in a durable plastic card with an image of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. The Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the card.

The Mint will accept orders for this product only at https://catalog.usmint.gov/marsh-billings-rockefeller-national-historical-park-2020-quarter-3-coin-set-20AG.html. Information about shipping options is available at https://catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.

To reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, the Mint’s sales centers are closed until further notice. Additionally, due to operational adjustments in response to COVID-19, our customer service representatives are available to assist with any questions you may have, but are unable to accept credit card information or place your order over the phone. Please use our website for all order placements at this time.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets are also available for purchase through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/shop/enrollments/ for details.

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of Oct. 20, 2020 at noon EDT.

Christopher Robin Coin Released by The Royal Mint in Collaboration with Disney

In the 100th year anniversary of the birth of the original Christopher Robin, the son of renowned author AA Mile, and inspiration for his iconic stories, The Royal Mint releases the second coin in their Winnie the Pooh and Friends series, depicting the character of Christopher Robin, best friend and owner of the loveable bear.

Christopher Robin can be seen coming down the stairs, bear in hand, meticulously illustrated in the same innovative watercolour technique The Royal Mint developed for the first coin in the collection, Winnie the Pooh.

Royal Mint’s Product Designer Daniel Thorne worked on both Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin coin, in close collaboration with Disney. He commented, “Taking an original illustration from a full page of a storybook and condensing it down to the perimeter of a 50p, yet not taking away the essence of the story is a difficult feat but working with the original illustrations has been an amazing opportunity to bring those stories to life in a brand new way. The popularity of our childhood character coins is no surprise, they allow us a great opportunity to introduce a sense of nostalgia coupled with a splash of colour to make these coins real collector’s items.”

Clare MacLennan, Divisional Director for Commemorative Coin and The Royal Mint Experience, comments “As a business, we have seen the success of our childhood character coins grow year on year and with endearing and appealing themes including The Gruffalo, Peter Rabbit and now Winnie the Pooh and Friends, that’s no surprise. 100 years after the birth of Christopher Robin, AA Milne’s son and inspiration for the character, we are delighted to capture this on our latest coin.

“We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback to the design of our initial Winnie the Pooh coin and as we launch our Christopher Robin coin, the second coin in our new collection, we look forward to even more people taking up coin collecting as a hobby.”

Christopher Robin Milne was born on 21 August 1920, 100 years ago. He passed away in 1996.

To view the collection, visit royalmint.com/winniethepooh

Christopher Robin 2020 UK 50p Specifications
Coin title Christopher Robin 2020 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Christopher Robin 2020 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin (coloured) Christopher Robin 2020 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin Christopher Robin 2020 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin
Denomination 50p 50p 50p 50p
Issuing Authority UK UK UK UK
Alloy Cupro-Nickel Cupro-Nickel 925 Ag Sterling Silver 916.7 Au – Red Gold
Weight 8.00g 8.00g 8.00g 15.50g
Diameter 27.30mm 27.30mm 27.30mm 27.30mm
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Reverse Designer The Walt Disney Company
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated Brilliant Uncirculated Proof Proof
Additional Features Coloured Coloured
Limited Edition Presentation Unlimited 45,000 18,000 525
RRP £10 £20 £67.50 £1,125

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