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Everything posted by bigjarofwasps

  1. Over the years, I’ve slowly added these coins to my collection. Would be interested to see what other dates and examples other collectors have in their collections.
  2. Interesting recent article on the 2020 P Silver Eagle, which is worth a read. https://www.valuewalk.com/2020/05/2020-silver-eagles-coin/amp/
  3. As it currently stands, by the end of calendar year 2020, the U.S. Mint will have produced and released six different American Eagle silver dollars struck with three finishes at three different facilities. The latest releases added to the Mint’s product catalog but without a specific issue date include the Proof 2020-S American Eagle silver dollar. The coin will be offered at $63.25 when it does go on sale and will have no mintage limit or household ordering restrictions. The West Point Mint will be striking the Uncirculated 2020-W American Eagle silver dollar, which will be offered later in the year for $54 per coin. There will be no mintage limit nor household ordering restrictions. The West Point facility is also slated to produce the Proof 2020-W End of World War II 75th Anniversary silver American Eagle dollar. No release date has been announced, but the issue is being limited to a maximum of 75,000 coins at $69.50 each, with a household ordering limit of one coin. The coin bears a V75 privy mark engraved into the master die, with the privy mark appearing in the upper right field of the obverse. The standard Proof 2020-W American Eagle silver dollar was released on Jan. 9 at $64.50 per coin, with no household ordering restrictions or maximum mintage. The remaining two silver American Eagles already produced and available in the numismatic marketplace are two bullion issues struck without Mint mark at two different facilities. The primary output of 2020 American Eagle bullion silver bullion coins was executed at the West Point Mint facility. Because of COVID-19 precautionary measures, the West Point Mint was closed from April 15 to April 21. During the shutdown, production of American Eagle silver bullion coins was shifted to the Philadelphia Mint, which struck 240,000 coins total. American Eagle silver bullion coin production has resumed at the West Point Mint. Collectors seeking an example of the Philadelphia Mint output will have to acquire an example certified by a third-party grading service attesting to the coin having been produced at the Philadelphia Mint. The major grading services are only certifying Philadelphia strikes as such if they are submitted in the original 500-coin boxes in which they were shipped, the box is still sealed and bears the appropriates tracking numbers. All other bullion issues are being certified as West Point Mint releases.
  4. I see that India are to award a medal to officers between the ranks of Constable and Inspector, for service during the current coronavirus pandemic. https://m.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/corona-warriors-in-khaki-to-be-honoured-with-medal/story-guJBizt2b5enm5fVY07o8J_amp.html
  5. I’m inclined to agree with you on these points!! Still nice coins though, just a shame they aren’t official minted, with the Queen’s effigy on.
  6. NHS 2020 Silver Once Once Coin https://numismag.com/en/2020/05/18/2020-nhs-heroes-1oz-silver-coin-help-nhs-to-cross-over-covid19-pandemy/
  7. Heroes of 2020 Silver Coins minted by the Sterling Mint. One Ounce Two Ounce One Kilo https://sterlingmint.co.uk/about-the-heroes-of-2020-range/
  8. A couple of COVID related challenge coins, has anyone seen any others?
  9. Well my "First Strike" Emergency issue silver eagle finally arrived my courier this morning. Didn't pay an arm and a leg for it like I've heard of other collectors having to do. But was interesting is the journey it's taken, would be interested to hear other UK based collectors experiences of buying eagles from the US. This is the journey my eagle took...... 14th May bought from a dealer in Ramsey New Jersey (Ebay transaction). 15th May 13:41 Accepted at the USPS facility Ramsey. 15th May 19:22 Arrived at USPS facility Teterboro New Jersey. 15th May 22:55 Departed USPS facility Teterboro New Jersey. 15th May 23:30 Arrived USPS facility Jersey City New jersey. 16th May 07:00 Departed USPS facility Jersey City New jersey. 16th May 21:29 Arrives at USPS facility Cincinnati Ohio 17th May 06:38 Departed at USPS facility Cincinnati Ohio 17th May 06:38 Arrives at USPS facility Erlanger Kentucky 20th May 16:00 Departs at USPS facility Erlanger Kentucky 24th May in transit 25th May arrives at my address. Am curious to know whether this is a usual or whether this somewhat indirect route is something to do with the current COVID situation?
  10. Found this article which I thought might be of interest? https://m.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/corona-warriors-in-khaki-to-be-honoured-with-medal/story-guJBizt2b5enm5fVY07o8J_amp.html
  11. To be honest, because these coins are not minted in the country of origin, they are not something that I'd consider collecting. Although the designs added by First Coin Company, in my opinion are very striking. There is very little information about this coin on the internet and as you say I suspect that there would be very little demand for them in Chad?
  12. The concept of awarding a COVID 19 medal was discussed during Prime Ministers question time.
  13. There being produced by an American company. https://firstcoincompany.com Also I believe this coins are in fact minted in the US on behalf of Chad, along the same lines as the Congolese gorillas and Somalian elephants.
  14. Not entirely sure why the Republic of Chad, 5000 Franc coins have been used. But the designs are stunning, it will be interesting to see, what the demand for these coins is like with collectors.
  15. Another Panda I've recently added to my collection has an equally interesting story behind it.......... Minted in Shenzhen for the 2019 World Stamp Exhibition in Wuhan. The Wuhan World Stamp Exhibition took place between 11th - 17th June 2019, held at the Wuhan International Expo Center. In February 2020, the center was used as a makeshift hospital during the Covid 19 pandemic. I bought this Panda on the 25th April 2020 from a coin dealer in the Antique Market Commercial building, Shanghai, China. From here it went via the regional distribution centre in Hangzhou Zhejang arriving there on the 28th April, it finally left China 7th May 2020, arrived in UK 9th May, being delivered on the 15th May, a trip of some 5728 miles!!
  16. I entirely agree with you, there will always be scope for faking, such a shame the mint didn’t add a P. But as long as a would be collector, sticks to reputable graders like PCGS or NGC they can be assured that they have a genuine example.
  17. A New Modern Rarity: 2020 (P) American Silver Eagles An unexpected modern rarity has emerged as a result of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on production of the United States Mint’s flagship silver bullion coin series, the American Silver Eagle. Most production of American Silver Eagle bullion coins is done at the U.S. Mint’s West Point Mint and sometimes at the San Francisco and Philadelphia Mints, too. Because of recent temporary closures at the latter two minting facilities due to safety and health concerns related to the coronavirus, the U.S. Mint had its Philadelphia facility supplement production of the very popular bullion silver coins as needed to meet demand and fill gaps in manufacture and logistics. According to documentation from the Mint, those American Silver Eagle coins were struck between April 8 and 20, and monster boxes of 500 such coins were all packaged manually for the Mint’s network of Authorized Purchasers, who purchase the coins directly from the United States Mint and then sell them retail and to other dealers. Demand for American Silver Eagle bullion coins has exploded during the pandemic as investors have flocked to silver coins – the most popular and widely traded coins in the world being the American Silver Eagle. This year, demand for the coins has risen strongly compared to the last couple years in response to lower spot silver prices and safe haven demand from the massive economic dislocation cause by the pandemic. The 2020 (P) Silver Eagle coins made at the Philadelphia Mint are physically indistinguishable from coins made at other mints, and they do not carry mint marks indicating where they were struck. Instead, when graded they are given parentheses around the “P”. In addition to this, NGC and PCGS are including “Emergency Release” and “Emergency Issue” respectively on their certification labels. The coins made at the Philadelphia Mint can be identified by hand-written labels and markings that are affixed to Monster Boxes of such coins and which include tracking numbers that correspond to which mint produced the coins. The 2020 (P) Silver Eagle Emergency Issue U.S. Mint officials stated in late April: “Monster boxes of 2020 American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins minted in Philadelphia were affixed with a typed label containing the box tracking number; additionally, box tracking numbers were handwritten directly on the boxes. Box tracking numbers 400,000 through and including 400,479 were used on boxes of coins minted in Philadelphia.” Using those numbers, it was determined that 240,000 2020 (P) Silver Eagles were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. On May 1, NGC announced that “Eligible coins will be identified by NGC with the description “Struck at Philadelphia Mint, 2020(P) Eagle S$1, Emergency Production.” With a mintage of just 240,000 coins, the 2020(P) Struck at Philadelphia Mint Silver Eagle is the second-rarest issue in the 34-year history of the bullion American Silver Eagle series. Coins identified with the “2020(P) Struck at Philadelphia Mint, Emergency Production” attribution will be listed separately in the NGC Census.” Below, you can see how NGC has decided to label these silver bullion coins. To be eligible to be identified by NGC as 2020 (P) American Silver Eagles, coins must be submitted to the grading service in unopened Monster Boxes with the correct handwritten labels and markings. PCGS and other grading companies soon after issued similar announcements and offer similar labels for coins that meet the criteria. https://coinweek.com/bullion-report/a-new-modern-rarity-2020-p-american-silver-eagles/
  18. In the midst of a global pandemic, the West Point Mint, which usually strikes bullion Silver Eagles, was facing a temporary shutdown due to COVID-19 complications, production of Eagles was shifted to the Philadelphia Mint for JUST two weeks from April 8th to April 20th. Just 240,000 Silver Eagles were struck at the Philadelphia Mint during this short timeframe. These “Emergency Issue” Silver Eagles are now the SECOND lowest mintage in the bullion series following the 2015 (P) Bullion American Silver Eagles.
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