ALERT: Stolen Currency Inventory-Dealer-Torrance,CA

The Torrance, CA police department is investigating a vehicle burglary involving currency dealer Vern Potter. The offense occurred after leaving the North County Monthly Coin Show on Sunday, Dec 1, 2019. Mr. Potter ‘s entire inventory was stolen.

The stolen currency can be viewed at the link below. 98% of the stolen material was OBSOLETES.

Stolen Inventory

Anyone with information contact:

Doug Davis

Rare 1856-S/s Quarters Discovered in Amazing SS Central America Treasure

(Brea, California) December 3, 2019 — The fabled SS Central America, the famous “Ship of Gold” that sank in 1857 carrying tons of California Gold Rush treasure, continues to surprise and delight the numismatic world. California Gold Marketing Group LLC (CGMG) of Brea, California has confirmed discovery in the ship’s latest recovered sunken treasure of nine rare 1856 San Francisco Mint large S over small s mint mark Seated Liberty No Motto quarter dollars.

“This is a major numismatic finding! The ‘Ship of Gold’ has brought us over a half dozen 1856 S/s large mint mark over small mint mark silver quarters. The S over s is the most pronounced I have ever seen with two overlapping mint marks clear even to the naked eye. We’ve nick-named this latest SS Central America discovery as the S over s Central America,” said Dwight Manley, CGMG Managing Partner.

SSCA 1856 S over s PCGS XF45

This 1856 large S over small s mint mark quarter dollar, now graded PCGS XF45, is one of nine examples of the elusive variety recently discovered in the treasure recovered from the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the S.S. Central America. (Image courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service

“Considering the preponderance of Philadelphia and New Orleans Mint coins found in the recovered treasure, it would appear these came from a batch of coins brought aboard by a miner, and ended up in the safe as did the miners’ pokes (packets containing gold and/or coins). What a numismatic miracle to have such a treasure trove aboard the SS Central America,” Manley stated.

The coins were part of the amazing treasure retrieved from the SS Central America in 2014. Most of the 1856-S/s coins were among the 503 silver quarter dollars discovered in a canvas bag in the purser’s sealed iron box in the ship’s safe on the seabed more than 7,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean’s surface.

A lengthy, meticulous, coin-by-coin inspection of the treasure began when CGMG took possession of the 2014 recovery in January 2018, and quarter dollars were among the last of the items to be recently examined.

Close up SSCA 1856 S over s quarter

This is a close up of the large S over small s mint mark on one of the nine recently discovered 1856-S/s quarters in the historic S.S. Central America treasure. These coins will be offered in public auctions to be conducted by Goldberg Coins and Collectibles. (Image courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service

All nine of the 1856-S/s quarters have now been certified by Professional Coin Grading Service ( and each encapsulated with a pinch of California Gold Rush gold dust recovered from the shipwreck. They will be offered in public auctions by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. ( beginning with the February 16-20, 2020 Pre-Long Beach Auction in Los Angeles.

With a total mintage of only 286,000, “normal” 1856-S quarter dollars are scarce even in low, circulated grades, and extremely scarce in Mint State grade. Prior to this discovery, PCGS previously certified just 38 examples of the 1856-S/s repunched mint mark, with the majority in only Good to Fine condition and none in Mint State.

These are the grades of the recently certified sunken treasure 1856-S/s quarter dollars: PCGS XF45; PCGS XF40; 4 are graded PCGS VF35 and another one is PCGS VF25. Two other coins exhibit environmental damage (PCGS designation 97) and are graded PCGS97-AU and PCGS97-XF.

In addition to the large over small mint mark examples, two, rare mint state “normal” 1856-S quarters were discovered in the treasure; one graded PCGS MS63, the other PCGS MS62.

“Silver coins that were found in the purser’s bag in a lock box inside the ship’s safe survived 157 years in the Atlantic Ocean without the corrosion seen on most silver coins found on shipwrecks. This is undoubtedly due to the oxygen-starved (anaerobic) conditions within the safe. It was not water tight, but it essentially sealed off the interior environment and its chemistry from the outside seabed environment,” explained Bob Evans, the chief scientist on the 1980’s mission that first located and recovered a portion of the fabulous sunken treasure and who served in that same role and as a numismatist with the 2014 recovery.

Evans recently found the two 1856-S and nine 1856-S/s quarters while finishing the coin-by-coin examination of the last portion of the treasure.

“The SS Central America has once again revealed another ‘time capsule effect’ of what coins were in daily commerce at the time and on the steamship route between San Francisco and New York via Panama in 1857. It is delightful to see this effect yet again in this treasure, as the contemporary usage and details are revealed to us, as if we are transported back in a time machine,” said Evans.

The SS Central America was a 280-foot long, three-masted side-wheel steamship carrying tons of California gold that had been shipped from San Francisco to Panama. She sank off the coast of North Carolina on September 12, 1857 during a hurricane while on the final leg of a voyage from Aspinwall (now Colón), Panama to New York City. The loss of the ship’s gold cargo was a major factor in the economically devastating financial panic of 1857 in the United States.

In a court-approved transaction in November 2017, the California Gold Marketing Group acquired all the treasure recovered in 2014 from Ira Owen Kane, Receiver for Recovery Limited Partnership and Columbus Exploration, LLC. In 1999, CGMG acquired all of the available S.S. Central America treasure that was recovered in the 1980s.

PNG 2020 YN Scholarship Competition Opens

(Temecula, California) December 2, 2019 — The annual Professional Numismatists Guild ( Young Numismatist (YN) Scholarship Competition has opened. The PNG will provide a scholarship to a deserving YN to attend one session of the 2020 American Numismatic Association ( Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 27-July 2 or July 4-9.

“This is the 16th consecutive year that PNG will be providing airfare, tuition for one of the ANA Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“All young numismatists between the ages of 13 and 22 are eligible to enter and are cordially invited to apply for the scholarship. Entrants must submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as this year’s scholarship recipient. The deadline for receipt of the entries is Friday, March 13, 2020,” explained Brueggeman.

Entries must include the applicant’s name, age and contact information. The essays can be sent by email to or by mail to the PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590.

“We’re most appreciative to PNG for again making a scholarship available to a young numismatist,” said ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow into a more informed collector. Many previous Summer Seminar attendees have gone on to become hobby leaders and successful dealers.”

The two Annual ANA Summer Seminar six-day sessions will be held Saturday, June 27, to Thursday, July 2, and from Saturday, July 4, to Thursday, July 9, 2020. Participants ranging from teenagers to seniors take class instruction on specific numismatic-related topics or the hobby’s technical and business aspects. Additional information about the ANA Summer Seminar can be found on the ANA website at

“The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from the PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fun,” explained PNG President Richard Weaver. “Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.”

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and four other countries. PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics ( in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.

For additional information about PNG or the young numismatists scholarship program, visit online at or call (951) 587-8300.

United States Mint Launches New Online Education Game “Map Mania”

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) launched its newest educational game Map Mania. This game teaches U.S. geography, helping students to learn the 50 states, state capitals, and state trivia based on the America the Beautiful Quarters® and 50 State Quarters Programs.

Map Mania is one of 12 free online educational games on the Mint’s Kids Site, which was recently named a finalist for the Best Public Education Website in the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA) Excellence in Currency 2019 Coin Awards.

  • Gold Rush: Pan for gold while learning historical facts about the Gold Rush in San Francisco.
  • Plinky’s Presidential Challenge: Learn the order of the U.S. presidents.
  • Textile Tales: Explore the textile industry during the Industrial Revolution.
  • Hoop and Darts: Throw darts at a hoop in this traditional Native American game.
  • Peter the Eagle’s Coin Drop: Deliver liberty loans by flying a WWI-era plane.
  • Coin Memory Match: Match the designs of quarters featuring U.S. national parks.
  • Making Change: Design your own coin while learning about the parts of a coin.
  • Word Quest: Search for coin-related terms in eight different online word puzzles.
  • Space Supply: Deliver critical supplies to space colonies across the solar system.
  • Coin Flip: Unlock new and classic coins while learning about probability and percentages.
  • Counting with Coins: Identify coins and solve basic math problems in a grocery store setting.

The Mint’s Kids Site also features a digital library of U.S. coins and coin programs, educational videos, 100+ free printable coin coloring pages, and hundreds of free online K-12 lesson plans. To request free educational resources, email

Pennsylvania American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin on Sale Dec. 5

American Innovation 2019 $1 Reverse Proof Coin - PennsylvaniaWASHINGTON – The 2019 United States Mint (Mint) American Innovation™ $1 Reverse Proof Coin honoring Pennsylvania will be available for purchase on December 5 at noon EST.

The Pennsylvania $1 Coin recognizes the creation of a vaccine to prevent polio. The reverse (tails) design depicts an artist’s conception of the poliovirus at three different levels of magnification along with the silhouette of a period microscope, representing the extensive research that was conducted to develop a cure The coin’s obverse (heads) design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” The obverse also includes a stylized gear privy mark, representing industry and innovation. “2019,” the “S” mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the coin’s edge.

An informational four-panel envelope houses the coin. The Certificate of Authenticity is embedded in the packaging. The Pennsylvania American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin (product code 19GF) is priced at $9.95. Orders will be accepted at and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Information about shipping options is available at

The Mint capped production of this coin at 75,000 units. Orders are limited to five units per household for the first 24 hours of sales. After 24 hours, the household order limit will be rescinded.

The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series featuring distinctive reverse 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.

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 Dec. 5, 2019, at noon EST.

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