$100 Million Exhibit of U.S. Type Coins from The Tyrant Collection to be Displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money®

The never-before-seen exhibit will showcase hundreds of superb condition coins, including the famous King of Siam proof set

For the first time ever, the public will be able to see the superb quality type set of more than 400 U.S. coins from the acclaimed Tyrant Collection (TheTyrantCollection.com) at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money (WorldsFairofMoney.com), August 10-14. Ranging from 1793 to 1964, many of these historic coins are the finest known of their kind.

The centerpiece of the extraordinary exhibit will be the legendary King of Siam proof set which was originally presented in 1836 by the U.S. State Department to the King of Siam (now Thailand) as a gift on behalf of President Andrew Jackson.

Hosted by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA), the World’s Fair of Money is considered the biggest week of the year for collectors of coins, paper money, tokens and medals. The event traditionally features expansive educational forums led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise, exhibits of rare treasures from private collectors, hundreds of coin dealers buying and selling numismatic items in all price ranges, and major auctions.

The legendary King of Siam proof set from The Tyrant Collection that will be displayed at the 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money includes a fabled Class I original 1804 Draped Bust dollar, graded PCGS PR67. (Photo credit: Lyle Engleson/Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles)

“This is the first time in over a decade that the full, fabled King of Siam set will be publicly displayed, and we’re delighted the set – in addition to the superb U.S. type coins – will be at the World’s Fair of Money,” said Kim Kiick, executive director of the ANA. “The unique King of Siam set will be accompanied by the leather-covered wood box that contained the presentation coins given 185 years ago to Rama III, the King of Siam. The ship’s log from the USS Peacock on that important diplomatic mission will also be displayed.”

The legendary set’s coins range in denomination from an 1834 Classic Head copper half cent to an 1804 “Plain 4” Heraldic Eagle gold $10. A renowned Class I 1804 Draped Bust silver dollar graded PCGS PR67 is also included.

Among the many highlights of the “U.S. Type Coins from the Tyrant Collection” exhibit at the 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money will be this 1793 Flowing Hair “Chain AMERI” large cent, graded PCGS SP65. (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service)

“The entire, incomparable exhibit, entitled ‘U.S. Type Coins from The Tyrant Collection,’ is insured for $100 million,” said Ira Goldberg, CEO of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He is among those who have assisted the coins’ owner in building the collection of U.S. world and ancient coins that is often described as the world’s most valuable rare coin collection in private hands.

“The display will cover all U.S. types and sub-types, circulation strikes and proofs, from 1793 Liberty Cap half cents through the 1907 Saint-Gaudens Ultra High Relief $20 and everything in between to 1964. This undoubtedly will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all these historic coins together,” explained Goldberg.

Although The Tyrant Collection owner wants to remain anonymous, he has been displaying portions of his ancient, world and U.S. coins for their educational value, one segment at a time, in a continuing series of themed exhibits that began in 2018 in California. Those exhibitions were suspended in early 2020 until now because of the pandemic.

In addition to the King of Siam set, a few of the many other highlights of the exhibit include:

  • 1793 S-1 Flowing Hair “Chain AMERI” large cent, graded PCGS SP65;
  • 1796 JR-1 Draped Bust, Small Eagle dime, PCGS SP67 CAC ex. Simpson Collection;
  • 1797 O-101a Draped Bust, Small Eagle half dollar, PCGS MS66 CAC ex. Pogue Collection;
  • 1795 Draped Bust, Small Eagle dollar, PCGS SP66, ex. Garrett, Hayes and Pogue Collections;
  • 1796 BD-2 Draped Bust, No Star quarter eagle, PCGS MS65 ex. Jung Collection; and
  • 1907 Ultra High Relief double eagle, PCGS PR68, ex. Augustus Saint-Gaudens estate.

Special display cases with LED lighting were constructed for The Tyrant Collection exhibits, and each coin’s obverse and reverse is shown with enlarged, color photographs for easy viewing. Detailed catalogs with information and superb illustrations about each coin in the exhibit will be available at the convention.

The World’s Fair of Money will be held in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago, Ill. Public hours are Tuesday, August 10, from 1 to 5:30 pm; Wednesday through Friday, August 11-13, from 10 am to 5:30 pm; and Saturday, August 14, from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Health and safety protocols will be in effect.

Admission for ANA members is free. Admission Tuesday through Friday is $10 daily or $25 for a three-day pass for non-members. Children 12 and under are admitted free daily and admission is free for everyone on Saturday. Additional information can be found online at WorldsFairofMoney.com.

Royal Mint ‘Strike on the Day’ Range for Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th Birthday Celebrations

The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Celebration Sovereign reverse edge

Ahead of HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 95th birthday on 12 June, The Royal Mint will offer a Strike on the Day Celebration Sovereign and a Celebration Sovereign three-coin set containing prominent-dated sovereigns from key years of her extraordinary life and reign.

There will be a special edition of The Sovereign, the coin of the monarch, struck on the 12 June, 2021 to mark The Queen’s second, official birthday. Just 1,295 Celebration Sovereigns will be struck on this date and they will feature the exclusive ‘95’ crown privy mark, created for this historic occasion. 1,195 will be available to purchase individually with the additional 100 forming part of a Celebration set. The Strike on the Day Celebration Sovereign will retail at £630.00.

The three-coin Sovereign set celebrating the 95th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen in 2021 includes the birth year Sovereign of 1926, one of the first Sovereigns of The Queen’s reign from 1957, and a Strike on the Day Celebration Sovereign 2021. The three-coin set has a LEP of 100 and retails at £1,995.

The Sovereign – Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th Birthday Celebration Set

The Queen, who officially reached the age of 95 on April 21, has had her birthday marked by The Royal Mint with an exciting range of commemorative coins, featuring two new designs, for the occasion. The £5 coin features a reverse design created by heraldic artist Timothy Noad. In his design, symbols of the UK nations are represented by a posy filled with thistles, daffodils, roses and shamrocks. The design that features on the reverse of the five-ounce and kilo editions was created by designer and sculptor Gary Breeze. His richly symbolic ‘flourish’ design represents The Queen’s nine decades with nine roses, while 54 leaves signify the countries of the Commonwealth.

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable milestone, The Royal Mint has also gifted a celebratory coin to 95 individuals turning 95 year’s old this year.

Five different effigies of the Queen have been created by The Royal Mint documenting her reign, with her face featured on every British coin in circulation. The Royal Mint also marked the milestone birthday by projecting these effigies onto the Tower of London this week, the former home of The Royal Mint.

To view the full range of products available, visit The Royal Mint’s website.

The Royal Mint lights up The Tower of London to celebrate The Queen’s ‘Heart and Devotion’

A display created by The Royal Mint showing all of the Queen’s effigies and a commemorative 95th birthday coin is projected onto the Tower of London, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II becoming the first British monarch to reach a 95th birthday and one year to go until celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee. (Doug Peters/PA Wire)

The Royal Mint has revealed a special tribute to The Queen – lighting up their former ancestral home, The Tower of London, to celebrate ‘95 Years of Heart and Devotion’ on behalf of the nation.

The Original Maker of UK coins illuminated the London landmark with a spectacular 90ft projection to celebrate a ‘Life in Coins’. Ahead of the milestone birthday on 12 June and one year to go until the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, the celebration was visible across the Thames, and featured the five effigies of Her Majesty’s reign, as well as her special 95th birthday coin.

The ‘Life in Coins’ illumination marks The Royal Mint’s longstanding relationship with Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. The Royal Mint struck Elizabeth II’s first coins – ‘a portrait of the young monarch’ – in 1953. Since then many billions of coins have been made bearing Her Majesty’s effigy, and The Queen still gives her seal of approval to every new coin design.

A ‘Life in Coins’ – The Royal Mint’s UK coins featured in the illumination:

  • Issued in 1953: The portrait shows The Queen wearing a wreath in the style of many British coins struck between the 17th and early 19th centuries, designed by Mary Gillick.
  • Issued in 1968: Coins created for decimalisations show The Queen wearing the tiara of festoons, scrolls and collet-spikes which were given as a wedding present by Queen Mary, designed by Arnold Machin.
  • Issued in 1985: The design shows The Queen with the Royal Diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament, and includes a necklace and earrings, designed by Raphael Maklouf.
  • Issued in 1998: As the coins become smaller, the portrait filled the field as much as possible depicting a greater degree of realism, designed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
  • Issued in 2015: The latest design shows The Queen with the Royal Diamond Diadem Crown, which she wore for her Coronation in 1953, designed by Jody Clark.

(Doug Peters/PA Wire)

The illumination culminated with the special 95th birthday coin issued by The Royal Mint earlier this year. The design bears the inscription ‘My Heart and My Devotion’ – referencing a promise The Queen made in her 1957 Christmas speech, and has kept ever since. As part of the celebration, The Royal Mint has gifted 95 of these coins to people turning 95 this year.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, said: “During a remarkable reign, Queen Elizabeth II has graced every UK coin in the nation’s pocket – documenting a life of ‘heart and devotion’ to the public. Ahead of The Queen’s landmark 95th birthday, we wanted to share a special message on behalf of the nation – celebrating her life through her coins. It seemed especially fitting to illuminate the Tower of London, where the Royal Mint originally began making coins for British monarchs 1,100 years ago.”

For more information, and the full range of official UK coins commemorating Her Majesty The Queen, please visit The Royal Mint’s website

Clarification Regarding Silver Supply

U.S. MintIn a message released Friday, May 28, we made reference to a global shortage of silver. In more precise terms, the silver shortage being experienced by the United States Mint pertains only to the supply of silver blanks among suppliers to the U.S. Mint.

Please see the updated message below reflecting this clarification.

The United States Mint is committed to providing the best possible online experience to its customers. The Mint is being impacted by silver blank shortages among its suppliers. The demand for many of our bullion and numismatic products is at record heights and increasingly outpacing the supply of silver blanks available through our suppliers. This level of demand is felt most acutely by the Mint during the initial product release of numismatic items. Most recently in the pre-order window for 2021 Morgan Silver Dollars with Carson City privy mark (21XC) and New Orleans privy mark (21XD), the extraordinary volume of web traffic caused significant numbers of Mint customers to experience website anomalies that resulted in their inability to complete transactions.

In the interest of properly rectifying the situation, the Mint is postponing the pre-order windows for the remaining 2021 Morgan and Peace silver dollars that were originally scheduled for June 1 (Morgan Dollars struck at Denver (21XG) and San Francisco (21XF)) and June 7 (Morgan Dollar struck at Philadelphia (21XE) and the Peace Dollar (21XH)).

While inconvenient to many, this deliberate delay will give the Mint the time necessary to obtain web traffic management tools to enhance the user experience. As demand remains greater than supply, the reality is such that not everyone will be able to purchase a coin. However, we are confident that during the postponement, we will be able to greatly improve on our ability to deliver the utmost positive U.S. Mint experience that our customers deserve. We will announce revised pre-order launch dates as soon as possible.

ACEF Gives Assistance in Seizures of 40,000+ Counterfeits

If genuine, the intercepted counterfeits would have a retail value of about $2 million

(Temecula, CA) June 1, 2021 – Representatives of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (www.ACEFonline.org) and its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) on the request of the Secret Service provided on-site numismatic expertise to federal law enforcement agents in the Los Angeles area who seized more than 40,000 fake Morgan and Peace dollars, American Eagle silver bullion coins and $2½ Indian Head gold coins.

Some of the approximately 1,700 packages of seized counterfeit coin shipments that were at the International Mail Facility in Torrance, California. (Photo courtesy of Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation.)

“The counterfeits were intercepted from overseas shipments and seized during a two-month joint investigation by the Secret Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” explained ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Director Doug Davis who flew from Dallas, Texas to California to assist investigators.

He and task force volunteer Lee Minshull of Palos Verdes, California, a long-time member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org), met with federal investigators at the International Mail Facility in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, California. That is where approximately 1,700 packages of seized counterfeit coin shipments were stored.

“There were numerous wheeled carts filled with packages that contained coins seized during the eight-week targeting operation. We were told that each package contained an average of 27 to 32 coins, all of them counterfeits,” said Davis.

“The quality of the hundreds of counterfeits we personally examined varied from good to very good, especially the counterfeit silver American Eagles,” stated Minshull.

Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force volunteer Lee Minshull and a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol official are shown here as they began examining some of the more than 40,000 fake coins seized by federal and postal authorities in the Los Angeles area. (Photo courtesy of Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation.)

“It appears that the fakes we saw probably were made by three different counterfeit manufacturers. If they were genuine, the retail value of these 40,000-plus coins would be over $2 million,” added Minshull.

Davis said the coordination between ACEF/ACTF, Secret Service, and Customs and Border protection “provided valuable intelligence information that supports our work in exposing the widespread proliferation of counterfeit coinage and precious metals into the U.S. marketplace. Most importantly the success of this operation provides us with evidence to continue educating the higher-up administration within Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection and other law enforcement agencies about the growing problem of counterfeits.”

He added: “We will be providing Secret Service with a report of our evaluation. Secret Service was very appreciative of our assistance and willingness to travel at short notice to assist in the investigation. We could not say anything publicly about this operation earlier until federal agents finished part of their investigation.”

This is only one of many cases during the past 12 months in which ACTF has provided numismatic experts to assist Secret Service and other Federal law enforcement agencies on counterfeit cases stretching across the United States.

“ACEF is playing an important role in aggressively identifying counterfeit manufacturers, organized groups, individuals, e-commerce, and social platforms selling counterfeit coins and precious metals. Most importantly, is the resources and experts ACEF has at its disposal to assist local, state, and federal agencies during the investigative process and enhances expeditious indictments and prosecution,” Davis emphasized.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation and its volunteer task force depend entirely on the support of the numismatic profession and the hobby community. ACEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Monetary contributions can be made online at www.acefonline.org/donate or by check sent to ACEF, 28441 Rancho California Rd., Ste 106, Temecula, CA 92590.

For additional information, contact ACEF Executive Director Brueggeman at info@acefonline.org.

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