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2 New Women to Be Honored on Quarters

Maya Angelou and Sally Ride

(Newser) - The first two women to be honored as part of the US Mint's American Women Quarters Program: Maya Angelou and Sally Ride. The poet and the astronaut will appear on the "tails" side of the coins, entering circulation in January, the New York Times reports. George Washington will...

Ancient Coins Suggest Notorious Pirate Hid in America

Arabic coins linked to Capt. Henry Every found across New England

(Newser) - A handful of Arabic coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet's oldest cold cases. The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate who became the world's most-wanted criminal after plundering...

He Collected 3 of the 'Greatest Rarities,' Is Parting With Them

Stuart Weitzman is selling famed stamps, coin

(Newser) - "No one takes a U-Haul to the cemetery." So says shoe designer Stuart Weitzman to the New York Times in explaining why he is parting with three remarkable treasures. The 79-year-old said he fulfilled a childhood dream in acquiring the stamp and coin rarities: a block of four...

Metal Hunter Makes Quite the Find Outside Church

Shane Houston uncovers copper penny dated 1798

(Newser) - A man with a metal detector has found a long-hidden, 222-year-old coin under a few inches of soil outside a church in Maine, the AP reports. Shane Houston, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was on a metal-detecting trip with a friend from New Hampshire when he found the coin earlier this...

'Holy Grail of All Dollars' Could Fetch $10M at Auction

'Flowing Hair' coin was Mint's first-ever silver dollar

(Newser) - The first-ever silver dollar minted by the United States is going up for auction—but if you want to get your hands on it, you'll probably need at least 10 million younger dollars. The "Flowing Hair" 1794 dollar, which has Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle...

Here to Help With Change Shortage: the 'Coin Master'

Wisconsin's Jim Holton turned in more than $5K in coins he's been saving for 20 years to help America

(Newser) - The Federal Reserve has set up a special task force to "get coin moving" in the US amid the coronavirus-driven coin shortage , but one man in Wisconsin didn't wait for government help to put more nickels and dimes into circulation. Jim Holton of Wauwatosa, who started saving up...

Here's Another Shortage Caused by the Pandemic

Reduced coin production, lack of circulation leads to rationing for banks

(Newser) - For the nation, the answer to "Got any change?" has become more complicated. There are coins around, though fewer than before the pandemic, and they're not necessarily in circulation. "With the partial closure of the economy, the flow of funds through the economy has stopped," Federal...

They Were Searching the Sand. The Metal Detectors Went Crazy

Florida men find 22 silver coins from 1715 shipwreck, could be worth $7K

(Newser) - They set to work with metal detectors on Florida's appropriately named Treasure Coast and are now the proud owners of 22 silver coins thought to be 300 years old. Jonah Martinez, who's been hunting treasure in South Florida for 24 years, says he and fellow treasure hunter Cole...

It Was His First Time Flying. His 'Good Luck' Coins Backfired

Lu Chao fined $17K for throwing coins in plane's engine before Lucky Air flight in China

(Newser) - Throwing coins into a fountain is often considered lucky; tossing them anywhere else could get dicey. Lu Chao of China found that out quickly after the first-time flier threw a handful of yuan coins into the engine of his Lucky Air plane in February of last year as he was...

Penny Found in Cafeteria Change Is 'the Holy Grail'

Rare 1943 copper penny will sell for at least $120K

(Newser) - The year on the reddish penny 16-year-old Don Lutes Jr. spotted in the change he got at his high school cafeteria in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1947 stood out—1943. That year, amid the backdrop of World War II, the US Treasury minted zinc-coated steel pennies in an effort to conserve...

'Fake' Coin Will Actually Make Owner 'Quite Rich'

Turns out it's one of a handful of rare $5 Liberty Head Half Eagles, minted in 1854

(Newser) - In what a currency expert tells the San Francisco Chronicle is the equivalent of "finding an original Picasso at a garage sale," a rare coin from the California gold rush has been unearthed—said to be one of only four still in existence. The Independent reports the unnamed...

Treasure Tied to King Bluetooth Found on German Island
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Teen Stumbles on Treasure Tied to King Bluetooth

Pearls, jewelry, coins unearthed by archaeologists in weekend dig

(Newser) - "Bluetooth" may strike you as an entirely modern word, but it's one found in the pages of history by way of Danish king Harald Gormsson, or "Harry Bluetooth", as he was known—and treasure connected to him has reportedly just been found. The Guardian reports 13-year-old Luca...

Determined Banker Counts 5K Pounds of Coins by Hand

All that work amounted to just $9.4K

(Newser) - A German bank employee spent six months dealing with a family's inheritance, which totaled in the millions—of coins. Deutsche Welle has the somewhat improbable story of Wolfgang Kemereit, a worker at the Oldenburg branch of the Deutsche Bundesbank who was tasked with counting 5,500 pounds of coins...

Searching for a Foundation, They Found a Treasure Trove Instead
Searching for a Foundation,
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Searching for a Foundation, They Found Treasure Instead

'I thought how I'd never again see something like it'

(Newser) - They were searching for an old infirmary. What they uncovered was an "exceptional and extremely rare treasure": 2,200 silver coins, 21 gold coins, a gold signet ring, gold foil, and a circular object also made of gold. It's a collection unlike any ever found, according to French...

Experts Say First American Coin Has Been Found

Prototype was minted in 1783

(Newser) - Coin experts say they have found the first silver piece minted by the United States—one likely held by the most en vogue of Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. David McCarthy figured the silver coin had to be one-of-a-kind after spotting it in an auction catalog. Its front features the all-seeing...

Passenger Throws Coins Into Plane Engine for 'Good Luck'

Flight from Shanghai was delayed for 5 hours

(Newser) - Chucking a handful of coins into a jet engine is no way to guarantee that fortune will smile on your flight, an elderly passenger at Shanghai Pudong International Airport discovered Tuesday. Police say the 80-year-old woman threw coins into the engine "for good luck" as she prepared to board...

Turtle's Coin-Eating Habit Proves Fatal

'Bank' dies 2 weeks after surgery to remove 11lbs of change from her stomach

(Newser) - A 25-year-old sea turtle in Thailand who swallowed nearly a thousand coins tossed by tourists seeking good luck died Tuesday, two weeks after having surgery to remove the coins from its stomach, reports the AP . The cause of death was blood poisoning from the loose change, said Dr. Achariya Sailasuta,...

Tossing Coins for Good Luck Has Unfortunate Side Effect

A sea turtle ended up with an 11-pound ball of coins in her stomach

(Newser) - Tossing coins in a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a sea turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins. Veterinarians in Bangkok operated Monday on the 25-year-old female green sea turtle nicknamed "Bank," whose indigestible diet was...

The Gold Could Be Worth $100M. She Has to Give It Back

Rare Double Eagles were pilfered from Mint decades ago

(Newser) - The US government is $100 million richer after the latest ruling in a strange case involving some long-lost gold coins. In 2003, Pennsylvania's Joan Langbord says she found 10 "Double Eagle" coins from 1933 in a safe-deposit box that once belonged to her father, jeweler Israel Switt. The...

1970 Quarter Selling for Thousands on eBay

Sample was mistakenly printed over a 1941 Canadian quarter

(Newser) - An eBay sale of a 1970 US quarter may at first glance appear routine, but a closer look reveals what its seller calls "one of the most fascinating and intriguing proof mint errors ever discovered"—and a sky-high price to match. Woman's World says AOL.com first...

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