An extensive new collection of hockey-themed bullion coins was recently unveiled by Upper Deck, and much like their trading card counterparts, the new coins carry with them an air of mystery. The coins – featuring 20 different professional hockey players – are packaged and distributed at random, meaning collectors won’t know what players or finishes they have until their packs are opened. “We saw an opportunity in the industry that’s very much like what we do both on trading cards and collectibles, and we saw a parallel,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck, which unveiled its Grandeur Hockey Coin Collection at Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame on April 4. Each coin will feature one of 20 players, both active and retired, including Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Connor McDavid and Alexander Ovechkin (see “Featured Players” for the full list). These limited-edition, legal-tender bullion coins are the first collector coins to be distributed in “blind packaging,” the contents of which can only be revealed once opened. Continue reading →
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by sunken treasures and the incredible searches that have been undertaken by modern day treasure hunters who have spent millions of dollars using the latest in high tech equipment to unearth the ‘motherlode’. Recently, Florida auction house and coin dealer Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC announced they would be offering items recovered from shipwrecks in the firms, “Treasure, World, U.S. Coin & Paper Auction number 21,” which is scheduled for May 3 and May 4. Front and centre in the sale is a large silver bar weighing in at over 83 pounds and having a pre-sale estimate of more than $35,000 US. Now, that’s a lot of money; but when it comes to sunken treasures and past auctions of fantastical treasures, it wasn’t overly impressive to me at first – that is, until I found out a little bit more about this piece. The silver bar is among thousands of silver bars recovered from one of the most well-known shipwrecks of all time, the Nuestra Señora de Atocha.
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