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1912 Bronze Galvano, Edward Warren Sawyer

Rare Galvanos by Edward Warren Sawyer Sold at Auction

A collection of 18 Native American portrait galvanos sold for a total of $64,560 at Heritage Auction’s recent Long Beach Expo. The works are widely regarded as Edward Warren Sawyer’s most significant contributions to medallic art. Sawyer trained with Hermon Atkins MacNeil, who designed the Standing

President George Washington’s Pocket Coin Up for Auction

A gold coin believed to be carried around by President George Washington is headed to auction this summer. In August, the 1792 Washington President gold eagle will be auctioned without reserve at the American Numismatic Association’s annual World’s Fair of Money Convention in Philadelphia. According

Geer Steyn Receives the Saltus Award at FIDEM 2018

Geer Steyn Receives the Saltus Award at FIDEM 2018

Geer Steyn became the fifty seventh recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art at the biannual conference of the International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM) in Ottawa, Ontario on May 29, 2018. Donald Scarinci, Chairman of the Saltus Award Committee of

Rare Brasher Doubloon Sells for Record $5 Million

A rare 1787 New York Brasher Doubloon was recently sold for more than $5 million. The transaction, which was brokered by Heritage Auctions, sets one of the highest prices ever reported for an American coin. The Brasher Doubloon is one of the rarest and most historical of

U.S. Mint Finally Has New Permanent Director

David J. Ryder is now the new Director of the U.S. Mint after being confirmed by the Senate on March 21, 2018. The Mint has not had a permanent director since Edmund C. Moy left it in January 2011. Long-Standing Vacancy at U.S. Mint  Ryder

US Mint Issues an Angry Breast Cancer Awareness Coin

What should have been an obverse coin design depicting women empowered in the fight against breast cancer instead became a design of women who are angry and in protest.  There is a subtle difference in expression between power and anger.  Unfortunately, the US Mint got

5 Euro silver “Planet Earth”

Krause Coin of the Year Awards for Coins Dated 2016

Germany won the 2018 Krause Coin of the Year Award for coins dated 2016. The winner is the 5 Euro silver “Planet Earth” coin with the new polymer ring technology.  The coin was designed by Stefan Klein. An easy win in the Most Innovative category,

US Mint Medal Program

Newly-Announced US Mint Medal Program is Just Bullion

Last week, after years of prodding by members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the collector community, the United States Mint finally announced a medal program. Unfortunately, it is nothing more than a bullion sales program and is likely to do more to