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Recently salvaged shipwreck gold from 1715 Plate Fleet reaches market

coinworld.com |  By Jeff Starck, Coin World | October 7, 2016 Reported $1 million in treasure from Florida wrecks now available Nearly 300 gold coins discovered nearly 300 years after the famous 1715 Plate Fleet shipwreck are now coming to the market. The coins are worth an estimat­ed $1 million or more, according to John Albanese, who brokered the […]

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Sweden begins ‘de-cashing’

Numismatic News | September 27, 2016 – Posted by Maggie Judkins | Article by Richard Giedroyc This article was originally printed in World Coin News. If you are holding Swedish kroner coins or bank notes, you might want to consider converting them while you still can. The Sveriges Riksbank or Swedish Royal Bank is quickly […]

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Australian man unearths 145-ounce gold nugget found using metal detector

COIN WORLD| By Paul Gilkes, Coin World | Published: 08/24/16 An Australian man who has spent his weekends the past 10 years prospecting for gold with a metal detector has unearthed a 145-ounce gold nugget valued at $250,000 AUD ($190,282 in U.S. funds). The discovery was announced Aug. 25 by Minelab, the metal-detecting equipment manufacturer […]

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Japan legalizes cybercoins

Numismatic News | Posted on July 21, 2016 by NMN  While bitcoins are getting physical, banks in Japan are sending their money into cyberspace. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. is Japan’s largest bank. This bank plans to become the first bank anywhere to issue its own digital currency, according to a June 13 news article appearing […]

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Why have so many huge diamonds been found recently?

BBC NEWS – Africa |  June 30, 2016 The huge rough diamond that went on sale at auction on Wednesday was one of three big diamonds found recently after a break of more than a century. The BBC’s Clare Spencer asks why. On 16 November 2015 Tiroyaone Mathaba was sorting through rocks at the Karowe mine in […]

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Lesedi la Rona diamond fails to sell in London auction

Watch Video BBC NEWS – London |  June 29, 2016 The world’s largest uncut diamond has failed to sell at a London auction after bids did not reach the minimum reserve price. The Lesedi la Rona, almost the size of a tennis ball, was unearthed in Botswana in November. The rough diamond is 1,109 carats and believed […]

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To Swiss, cash is privacy, freedom

Numismatic News | Posted on June 9, 2016 by NMN | By Richard Giedroyc Denmark and Sweden may be leading the charge towards a cashless society, but Switzerland, that bastion of international banking, doesn’t see it that way. Not only are the Swiss sold on the idea they want to retain their coins and bank notes, […]

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99-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased in Amber

SMARTNEWS Keeping you current Smithsonian.com | June 28, 2016 | By Danny Lewis Bone, tissue, and feathers show the almost 100-million-year-old wings are remarkably similar to those on modern birds. Finding things trapped in amber is far from a rare occurrence: lizards, bugs, flowers and more are regularly found encased in hardened lumps of the tree […]

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Ancient silver coin hoard found in Israel features pieces from the city of Tyre

COIN WORLD | By Jeff Starck, Coin World | June 10, 2016 A small cache of silver coins recently found in Israel offers a fascinating look into life during the second century B.C. The hoard contains 16 silver shekels and half-shekels (tetradrachms and didrachms) that were minted in the city of Tyre and bear the images of […]

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Celtic gold piece found by detector

numismaticnews.net | Posted on May 16, 2016 by NMN A metal-detecting grandmother with a knack for finding gold will see her latest find going on the auction block July 17 to be sold by Elizabeth Cottam of Chris Rudd of Aylsham, England. The coin is an excessively rare ancient British gold quarter stater, probably minted by […]

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