Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sterling Enclave

Sterling Enclave, a defunct blog fro July 2010, is one of the strangest New York numismatic web sites I have encountered.

An architecture student pondered the design of a clubhouse for numismatists in New York. In various entries he (or she?) visits the NY Fed, the ANS, and reads about the New York Numismatic Club. The student proposes a building shaped like a giant coin cabinet perched atop a pole.

Monday, July 09, 2012

LookTel Money Reader

LookTel Money Reader is a $9.99 iPhone app for the blind. Using the cameras phone it identifies dollar bills. There is support for the US Dollar, Euro, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, and Australian Dollar. There is a cool minute-long YouTube video showing it in action.

5,500 counterfeit coins submitted yearly to PCGS

PCGS is reporting that they received 5,500 fake coins in the last twelve months. It costs about $25 to submit a coin, so no obviously false coins would have been part of this count. All 5500 coins were at least deceptive enough to fool typical collectors of slab-quality coins.