NCIC Takes Numismatic Crime Investigations Class to Beaumont, Texas

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Requests and Hosts Class for Investigators and Surrounding Agencies

ARLINGTON, Texas (Sept 9, 2018) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will host an in-depth Numismatic Crime Investigations class on October 12, 2018, in Beaumont, Texas. The class will be presented by the Numismatic Crime Information Center and will provide attendees with the basic skills, knowledge, and resources to effectively investigate a crime related to coins, paper money, and related numismatic items. The class is accredited by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and each attendee will receive 8hrs of in-service credit.

“We are excited that Jefferson County authorities contacted NCIC to present the class in their area after seeing the Philadelphia ANA class advertised in a national law enforcement publication, said Doug Davis Founder/President of NCIC.

“The class comes at a pivotal time when Roma gangs are targeting coin shops, thefts at coin shows are increasing and the problem of counterfeits continue to plague the numismatic industry”, Davis said. “NCIC has conducted classes across the country and we are now seeing that law enforcement is beginning to take notice and recognizing the importance of educating investigators about this specialized area of investigations”, said Davis.

NCIC teams up with PCGS, PCGS Currency, NGC, PMG, and ANACS to bring examples and knowledge to the classroom experience. In addition, NCIC works closely with the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force and includes a portion of the curriculum to address the increasing counterfeit problem.

The NCIC’s crime alert network and investigative resources are dedicated to making a difference in the fight against numismatic crimes. The center’s resources are available to dealers, collectors, and law enforcement and offense reports may be reported 24 hours per day, seven days a week, through a special form on the center’s website.

About the Numismatic Crime Information Center: The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and supported entirely by donations from the Numismatic Community. All donations are tax deductible. NCIC P.O. Box 14080 Arlington, Texas 76094-0181.

Legend’s Regency Auction 28 Presents Major Opportunities for Collectors

Firm’s second 2-day auction focuses on quality rarities, with one session focused solely on half dollars

(Lincroft, NJ)—Legend Rare Coin Auctions is proud to announce the 28th Regency Auction, the second auction in the firm’s history that required two sessions to present the wide variety of important, historic, and rare coins. Like the firm’s May Regency Auction, the first day’s auction will focus on a single denomination, with the remaining coins being offered on the second.

On Wednesday, September 25, at 5:30 PM, will commence the Half Dollar Day auction, led off by the Kontantine Collection, the # 1 all time PCGS Registry Set of Capped Bust Half Dollar Red Book Varieties, 1807-1836. The 73-piece collection features many Condition Census and finest known examples of their respective Red Book and Overton varieties. It has been a great honor and pleasure researching and cataloging these remarkable pieces. Since the initial announcement, there has been a huge response from collectors, and this will indeed be an historic offering, the first of its kind.

Continuing through the Half Dollar session, are other Bust, Seated, and Barber half dollars to delight collectors at any level, beginner to the most advanced specialists. Following the Barber halves, is a superb selection of Walking Liberty half dollars, one of the finest LRCA ever handled, anchored by the Sommelier Collection. There are GEMS and SUPERB GEMS of many different dates, enough to excite even the most jaded of collectors. Franklin and Classic Commemorative half dollars round out the session, with many high grade and beautifully toned examples, every coin hand-selected for its superb eye appeal and quality.

The rest of the Regency Auction will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 4:30 PM. Starting with half cents and concluding with patterns, there are many exceptional numismatic rarities in all series for the collector. This evening’s session contains many wonderful individual highlights and is anchored by the Hallett Collection of Mercury dimes, the current #5 and #9 all-time set on the PCGS Registry. To attain such a high rank on the Registry, every coin is among the finest graded. High grade type coins and beautifully toned Morgan dollars, including selections from the Aurora Borealis Collection, will draw significant attention from collectors of all areas and all levels.

Highlights include:

  • Lot 6: 50C 1808 O-103. PCGS MS67 CAC Ex Pogue-Konstantine.
  • Lot 14: 50C 1812/1 Large 8, O-101. PCGS AU50. Ex Link-Konstantine
  • Lot 24: 50C 1817/4 O-102. PCGS VF35 Ex Pogue-Konstantine
  • Lot 92: 50C 1830 O-101, Small. PCGS MS66 CAC Ex Eliasberg
  • Lot 103: 50C 1898 PCGS PR67+ CAM CAC
  • Lot 119: 50C 1919-S PCGS MS65 CAC Ex. Sommelier Collection.
  • Lot 125: 50C 1921-S PCGS MS65 CAC Ex. Sommelier Collection
  • Lot 146: 50C 1929-D PCGS MS67+ CAC
  • Lot 166: 50C 1949-S PCGS MS67+ FBL CAC
  • Lot 183: 50C 1936-D Columbia. PCGS MS68 CAC
  • Lot 210: 1C 1794 S-32. Head of 1794. PCGS MS65+
  • Lot 225: 1C 1877 PR66 RD
  • Lot 238: 1C 1911-D PCGS MS67 RD
  • Lot 251: The Legend Collection of 2C Proofs, 1864-1873. PCGS PR66 RB CAC
  • Lot 292: 5C 1926-S PCGS MS65+ CAC
  • Lot 304: H10C 1795 PCGS MS66 CAC
  • Lot 461: 25C 1916 PCGS MS67 FH
  • Lot 482: $1 1869 PCGS PR65 DCAM
  • Lot 497: $1 1885-O PCGS MS67 CAC
  • Lot 543: $1 1896 PCGS PR67+ DCAM CAC
  • Lot 564: $2.50 1857-S PCGS MS63 CAC Ex S.S. Central America
  • Lot 570: $2.50 1866 PCGS PR65 DCAM CAC
  • Lot 584: $3 1881 PCGS PR66 CAM CAC
  • Lot 585: $5 1802/1 PCGS MS64 CAC
  • Lot 589: $5 1820 Square 2. PCGS MS63 CAC
  • Lot 621: $20 1870-S PCGS MS63 CAC
  • Lot 649: $1 1836 J-65. Restrike. PCGS PR64+ CAC
  • Lot 660: 50C 1879 J-1599. PCGS PR67 CAM CAC

“Wow, I can’t believe what a marvelous offering of major rarities and important coins this sale is!” declared Laura Sperber, the founder of LRCA. “It never ceases to amaze how exceptionally well our auctions come together.” The firm’s president, Julie Abrams continued with the sentiment, “with coins coming in at the office and at shows, we know about the anchor consignments, but until it is all laid out in front of you, it is hard to imagine!”

Laura continued with her comments, “With 665 lots, and well over $7,200,000 in presale estimates, it is one of our largest auctions to date. We are so proud to have been selected to offer the anchor collections: Konstantine, Sommelier, and Hallett Collections—each exceptionally important in their respective series, and each will attract very active bidding.”

“The Konstantine Collection presents a unique opportunity in the annals of numismatics that a complete Red Book set of Capped Bust half dollars will be auctioned in a single sale,” explained Greg Cohen, senior numismatist. “This sale will also be noted for many individual rarities, that will be cornerstones and capstones in the new collections they will grace.”

U.S. Mint Video: Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin

In October 2018, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a coin and stamp set will be offered. This product will feature the Breast Cancer Awareness Proof Half Dollar and a Breast Cancer Awareness stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. This product will be limited to 25,000 units.

Watch the video directly on YouTube here.

Set of Cumberland Island National Seashore Quarters Goes on Sale on September 13

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will open sales for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™– Cumberland Island National Seashore (product code 18AG) on September 13 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

This set is priced at $9.95 and includes one uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, one uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and one proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint. The reverse (tails) design on all three coins depicts a snowy egret perched on a branch on the edge of a salt marsh, ready for flight. Inscriptions are “CUMBERLAND ISLAND,” “GEORGIA,” “2018,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The obverse (heads) depicts the 1932 restored portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

A durable plastic card holds the three coins and displays an image of Cumberland Island National Seashore and the Certificate of Authenticity.

The Mint accepts orders at catalog.usmint.gov/ and 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Visit catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html for information about shipping options.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets are also available for purchase through the Product Enrollment Program. Visit catalog.usmint.gov/shop/product-enrollments/ to learn more about this convenient ordering method.

Exhibitors Honored at Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) presented 55 competitive exhibit awards at the 2018 World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Winners were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception on Aug. 17, and at the awards banquet that evening.

Thirty-eight exhibitors of all experience levels, showing 51 exhibits, competed in this year’s program. There were also two non-competitive exhibitors showing two additional exhibits.

Michael Shutterly received the Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-in-Show for his exhibit “Golden Portraits of Byzantium – Every Picture Tells a Story.” The Radford Stearns Memorial Award for Excellence in Exhibiting, presented to the first and second runners-up, was awarded, respectively, to David Menchell for “Medals of the United States Assay Commission 1860 – 1977,” and to Michael Shutterly for “Remember the Ladies – The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”

The ANA also presented competitive exhibit awards for young numismatists (YNs) age 17 and younger. The Charles H. Wolfe Sr. Memorial Award for the YN Best-of-Show exhibit was presented to Abigail Zechman for “A View of Hobo Nickel Carving Step-by-Step.”

The Thos. H. Law Award for the best exhibit by a first-time exhibitor also went to Ms. Zechman for the same exhibit.

The Rodger E. Hershey Memorial People’s Choice Award, selected by convention attendees, was also won by David Menchell for his exhibit of Assay Commission medals.

Michael Shutterly also received the Women in Numismatics award for his exhibit “Remember the Ladies: The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”

V. Kurt Bellman received the Derek Pobjoy Award for Best Exhibit of Modern Circulating Commemorative Coins for his exhibit “The Beginning of U.S. Nickel Coinage – A Local Story.”

Mr. Shuttterly also received the Ira & Larry Goldberg Award for the best exhibit of “Coins that Made History” for “Watch Your Head! Helmets From the Iron Age to the Space Age.”
Robert F. Fritsch received the Joseph E. Boling Award for Judging Excellence.

2018 Class Exhibit Awards:

Class 1: United States Coins, Lelan G. Rogers Memorial. All United States coins and patterns and all coinage or trade tokens used in pre-Federal America, except gold.

  • First place: Carl Waltz, Jr., for “Striking Difference.”
  • Second place: J. Sebelist for “Capped Bust Half Dollars Lettered Edge (1807-1836).”
  • Third place: Hills Howard IV for “The Transcontinental Quarter.”

Class 2: United States Fiscal Paper, Sidney W. Smith/William Donlon Memorial. All paper money and bonds issued by the United States government, including military currency; pre-U.S. colonial, Continental, and Confederate paper money and bonds; state and private banknotes and bonds; scrip; college currency; and stock certificates. Essays, proofs, and souvenir cards of such items may also be shown.

  • First place: Dan Freeland for “Selected Michigan Nationals From Charter 8723.”
  • Second place: Thomas C. Tullis for “Where is that BANK?”
  • Third place: Carl Waltz, Jr. for “The 1918 Two-Dollar Battleship Note.”

Class 3: Medals, Orders, Decorations and Badges; Burton Saxton/George Bauer Memorial. Medallic items not used as a medium of exchange, or not having trade value, including orders and decorations, convention badges, and badges issued by fraternal orders or other organizations. Excluded are Masonic pennies and tokens included in classes 5-8.

  • First place: David Menchell for “Medals of the United States Assay Commission 1860 -1977.”
  • Second place: Bryce Doxzon for “THEY ALSO RAN – Select 19th Century Political Medals of Defeated Presidential Candidates.”
  • Third place: Gamal Amer for “A Short Story of a Portrait Medal of J-F Champollion.”

Class 4: Modern U.S. Coins and Modern Medals, John R. Eshbach Memorial. Coins and medallic (non-denominated) material issued 1960 and later, including philatelic numismatic covers.

  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Chaim Gross’ Ten Commandments Sculpture Medals.”
  • Second place: Joseph Schultz for “The New Look of Marvel Superheroes on Coins.”
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 5: Tokens, B.P. Wright Memorial. Items, including encased postage, issued as a medium of exchange for goods and services or for advertising purposes, but excluding American colonial items included in class 1. Includes Masonic pennies and substances used in lieu of metal.

  • First place: Michael Hicks for “A Selection of Coal Mining Scrip – A Miner’s Wages in Tokens.”
  • Second place: David Gottfried for “Introduction to Hard Times Tokens (1832-1844) and the Tokens of Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger.”
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 6: Casino Chips and Gaming Tokens, Archie A. Black Award. Items of all types and materials used as gaming pieces, including traditional and non-traditional tokens and other money substitutes, and including tokens used in military clubs.

  • First place: Gerald Birl for “A Study of Selected Slot Machine Tokens used in Atlantic City Casinos from 1978-2005.”
  • Second place: no exhibit
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 7: Engraved Coins, Love Token Society Award. Numismatic items that have been converted into jewelry, amulets, or decorative objects. Examples are love tokens, hobo nickels, and “pop-out” coins.

  • First place: Abigail Zechman for “A View of Hobo Nickel Carving Step-by-Step.”
  • Second place: Judy Schwan, for “The Baghdad Shilling.”
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 8: Elongated Coins, Dottie Dow Memorial. Souvenirs created using an elongating machine, whether the underlying piece is a coin, token, medal, or blank planchet.

  • First place: Cindy Calhoun for “The Making of an Elongated Coin: Much More Than Just a Squished Penny!”
  • Second place: Terri Ventresca for “Meet the Rollers: Makers of Coins Any Way They Like Them.”
  • Third place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky for “Feline Elongated Type Set.”

Class 9: Coins Issued Prior to 1500 A.D., Dr. Charles W. Crowe Memorial. Coins, including gold, issued by any government before 1500 A.D.

  • First place: Michael Shutterly for “Remember the Ladies – The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”
  • Second place: no exhibit
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 10: Regional U.S. Numismatics, William C. Henderson/Fred Cihon Memorial. Numismatic material of any type specific to a particular region of the United States, such as the locale where the exhibit is being presented.

  • First place: Paul Hybert for “Assayed at the Mint – 200 years ago in a building not far, far away…”
  • Second place: V. Kurt Bellman for “The Beginning of U.S. Nickel Coinage – A Local Story.”
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 11: Numismatics of the Americas, Henry Christensen/John Jay Pittman Sr. Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used in the Western Hemisphere outside the United States.

  • First place: Carlos Paiz for “Medallic, Coinage and Paper Money Issues of Mexico’s First Empire Under Agustin Iturbide 1822 – 1823 and Their Ties to Central America.”
  • Second place: Nancy Wilson for “Guatemala 5 Pesos Issue, 1895 – 1915.”
  • Third place: Fred Schwan for “Newfoundland Trench Art.”

Class 12: Numismatics of Europe, John S. Davenport Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used in Europe, including Russia east to the Urals.

  • First place: no award
  • Second place: no award
  • Third place: Erica Schultz for “Introduction to the 19th Century United Kingdom Penny.”

Class 13: Numismatics of Africa and the Middle East, Menachem Chaim and Simcha Tova Mizel Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used on the continent of Africa and in the Middle East (from Turkey east through Iran and south to Aden).

  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky for “The Roaring Lion of Megiddo.”
  • Second place: Matthew Campbell for “A Middle East Tribute to Apollo – Fujairah and Yemen’s coins honoring America’s space program.”
  • Third place: Gerald Grzenda for “Coinage of the German Colonies.”

Class 14: Numismatics of Asia and the Pacific, William B. Warden Jr. Memorial. All numismatic material issued or used in Asia east of the Urals and Iran, and in the southeast Asian, Australasian, and Pacific islands (excluding Hawaii under the U.S.).

  • First place: Sunil Richardson for “Coinage of the ideal Indian princely state – Travancore.”
  • Second place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky for “Expo ’70 Fair in Osaka, Japan: Progress and Harmony for Mankind.”
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 15: Gold Coins, Gaston DiBello/Melvin and Leona Kohl Memorial. Gold coins of any provenance and era.

  • First place: Michael Shutterly for “Golden Portraits of Byzantium – Every Picture Tells a Story.”
  • Second place: no exhibit
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 16: Numismatic Errors and Error Varieties, Numismatic Error Collectors Award. Any numismatic material mis-struck or misprinted by the producer, including varieties caused by die or plate deterioration or damage. Items mutilated or altered after production are excluded.

  • First place: Hayden Howard for “My Favorite Numismatic Errors on Lincoln Cents.”
  • Second place: Randy Jones for “ERROR: CIRCULATION NOT FOUND.”
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 17: Numismatic Literature, Aaron Feldman Memorial. Printed and manuscript (published or unpublished) literature dealing with any numismatic subject.

  • First place: Carl Waltz, Jr. for “Publications by Charles T. Steigerwalt.”
  • Second place: Michael Shutterly for “Buy the Books for the Coin.”
  • Third place: Darryl Gomez, for “Special Medals for U.S. Government Agencies.”

Class 18: General, Specialized, and Topical, Robert Hendershott Memorial. Numismatic material not covered in other classes or covered by more than one class. Includes wooden money, political buttons and insignia, and other exonumia, as well as media of exchange used in carrying out purchases and business transactions by primitive people and later by others as they progressed from barter to coins, or other items generally accepted as primitive or odd and curious currencies. Also includes exhibits showing material linked by design, such as elephants or bridges, or by theme, such as a world’s fair.

  • First place: Jim Kolmus for “Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and His Influence on Numismatics.”
  • Second place: Michael Shutterly for “Watch Your Head! Helmets From the Iron Age to the Space Age.”
  • Third place: Ernie Nagy for “Numismatic Prelude to the 13th Amendment.”

Class 19: Convention Theme, Clifford Mishler Award. Numismatic items of any type that, together with the exhibit text, illustrate the announced theme for the convention at which the exhibit is shown. The 2018 convention theme is ““Fugios to Franklins—The Influence of Poor Richard.”

  • First place: Jeffrey Rosinia for “The Philadelphia Story of the Franklin Half Dollar.”
  • Second place: no exhibit
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 20: U.S. Commemorative Coinage, Society for U.S. Commemorative Coins Award. Material of any type or period related to United States commemorative coinage and to the events being commemorated.

  • First place: V. Kurt Bellman for “The California Pacific Exhibition of 1935 and 1936, its Commemorative Halves, and its Exonumia.”
  • Second place: no exhibit
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 21: Emeritus, Barry Stuppler Award. Exhibits by individuals not otherwise eligible to exhibit competitively, or exhibits that have won best-of-show or twice won in class competition at the World’s Fair of Money®. Any other exhibit may also be entered at the exhibitor’s option. The winner of this class does not advance to best-of-show judging.

  • First place: Brett Irick for “Pedigree Lost and Found: The Stories of two Canadian Victorian Ten Cent Coins.”

2018 Young Numismatist Exhibit Awards

Class Y1: United States Coins, Edgerton-Lenker Memorial.

  • First place: Hills Howard IV for “The Transcontinental Quarter.”
  • Second place: no exhibit
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class Y2: World Coins, James L. Betton Memorial.

  • First place: Erica Schultz for “Introduction to the 19th Century United Kingdom Penny”
  • Second place: Kelly Barker for “Treasures of the Sea.”
  • Third place: no exhibit

Class Y3: Paper Money, Kagin Family Award.

  • No exhibits this year

Class Y4: Israeli or Judaic, J.J. Van Grover Memorial.

  • No exhibits this year

Class Y5: Medals and Tokens, Charles “Cheech” Litman Memorial.

  • First place: Abigail Zechman for “A View of Hobo Nickel Carving Step-by-Step.”
  • Second place: Joseph Schultz for “The New Look of Marvel Superheroes on Coins.”
  • Third Place: no exhibit

Class Y6: Medieval and Ancient, Charles H. Wolfe Sr. Memorial.

  • No exhibits this year.

Class Y7: Errors and Varieties, Alan Herbert Memorial.

  • First place: Hayden Howard for “My Favorite Numismatic Errors on Lincoln Cents.”
  • Second place: no exhibit
  • Third place: no exhibit

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

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