Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has recently partnered with HID Global to create slabs that contain anti-counterfeiting chips. These Near Field Communication (NFC) chips will be embedded in all Gold Shield domestic holders free of charge. Essentially, these chips will be scannable by a smartphone and it will pull up information such as the certification number, date, mintmark, denomination, variety, region, grade, mintage number, holder type, and population. This will allow the collector to easily confirm that the coin was certified, graded, and slabbed by PCGS. This advanced technology will add another layer of difficulty for nefarious people looking to...
In 1920, the United States Bureau of the Mint struck a commemorative silver coin that celebrated the 100th anniversary of Maine joining the Union and officially becoming a state. Fast-forward 100 years, we are now celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maine joining the union and the 100th anniversary of the release of this special half dollar coin.
In 1829, Christopher Bechtler Sr. migrated to the United States from Germany with his family. He opened up a watchmaker store in Philadelphia with some success. Meanwhile, the Carolina Gold Rush, the first gold rush in the United States, followed the discovery of a large gold nugget in North Carolina in 1799. This created a series of findings in North Carolina that lasted all the way up to the 1840s. In order to take advantage of this, Bechtler and his family operated a private mint from 1831 to 1850s. He was able to produce more than a million gold coins in his private mint.
For the last few years, automakers have been using palladium instead of platinum in their exhaust systems as a catalytic converter because of the cheaper price point. However, the price of palladium has dramatically changed in the last few months.
On June 14th, 1838, a boiler explosion caused the Pulaski Steamship to sink approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Two-thirds of the passengers and crew on-board were lost as a result of this disaster.