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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-10-2007 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Discovery Collectibles release
New Release of NASA Approved Collectible Space Coin Collection

The National Aeronautics and Space Association has licensed a new, extremely limited line of 10 collectible space coins celebrating the final years of the Hubble Space Telescope called the HST Discovery Coin Series.

Discovery Collectibles, an exclusive creator of rare coin lines focusing on space exploration and discovery, today announced the release of a highly limited collection of 10 brilliant silver nickel uncirculated coins celebrating the work of NASA and the amazing odyssey of the Hubble Space Telescope.

This first collection of 10 coins focuses on the eight planets in our solar system. This commemorative coin collection includes an extremely rare Pluto coin, the last Pluto-Hubble coin approved by NASA before the planet was decommissioned in 2006. It also includes a remarkable Sun coin, striking in its powerful, kinetic design.

Inspired by the NASA and JPL 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act which authorizes the US Mint to produce a $50 gold coin with an image of the Sun and nine $1 silver coins each representing one of the nine planets in our solar system, Discovery Collectibles worked with NASA to create a coin line that complements the anniversary and celebrates one of the agency's greatest accomplishments of the Hubble Telescope.

"Minting coins is a distinctive way to honor 50 years of dedicated service by the men and women of JPL and NASA," said Representative Adam Schiff, who was a co- sponsor of the Act.

Only 1000 complete sets of the HST Discovery Collection have been minted worldwide. According to NASA a total of 30 designs in all have approved which will focus on Hubble Discoveries in deep space and some of the new coins will also include material from deep space as well. One of the coins in the following set will include pieces of meteorite and flown metal from NASA spacecraft.

All the coins in the current and future HST Discovery Collection were hand designed by sculptor Alex Shagin, a Russian born designer who was awarded the fabled American Numismatic Society J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal in 1995. Mr. Shagin's work is displayed in some of the world's greatest museums such as the National Air and Space Museum, the Hermitage Museum and the British Museum Permanent Numismatic Collection.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 12-11-2007 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May be nitpicking here, but I don't see a country of origin nor a denomination. Therefore I'd be more likely to classify these as medallions than coins (but then again, I don't collect coins that are made specifically for collectors rather than are minted for the general public).

MScherzi
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posted 01-22-2008 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MScherzi   Click Here to Email MScherzi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The National Aeronautics and Space Association
While implying these are NASA coins, they seem to me to be merely commemorative medals issued by a private entity. Using a name similar to "National Aeronautics and Space ADMINISTRATION" to mislead the consumer-along the lines of the private "Postal Commemorative Society" which issued those great "gold" stamps.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-22-2008 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MScherzi:
Using a name similar to "National Aeronautics and Space ADMINISTRATION" to mislead the consumer-along the lines of the private "Postal Commemorative Society" which issued those great "gold" stamps.
In this specific case, I believe the use of "Association" is a mistake in a press release, rather than an attempt to create confusion between space agency titles.

That said, as was noted on the front page of collectSPACE, any claim of "license" or "approval" is simply referring to the same process all commercial products wishing to use the NASA logo must pass, which ironically insures that the NASA name and insignia is not used to imply endorsement by the agency.

Gus Man B
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posted 07-19-2008 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gus Man B   Click Here to Email Gus Man B     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where can I get this set?

I went to the main site but it says they are all sold out and they do not have an e-mail address. Thanks.

j0s9
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posted 10-07-2009 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for j0s9   Click Here to Email j0s9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was selling some set of the Alex Shagin coins on eBay, actually I have 9 out of 10 coins (no Pluto). I could get some sets more if people are interested!

space-coins
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posted 10-08-2009 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-coins   Click Here to Email space-coins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do have a few complete sets left (including the coin display board)... just email me!

Wehaveliftoff
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posted 10-10-2009 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At least they include Pluto.

Although I've never heard of a silver-nickel alloy, are they silver plated nickel pieces?

tnperri
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posted 07-06-2013 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know where I might find a set of these? Thanks.

JBoe
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posted 07-06-2013 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be very interested in obtain a set!

I went to the webpage and tried the phone number with no success. I received a telephone number has been disconnected or no longer in use. Similarly unsuccessful was the Discovery Collectibles website or nasacoins.com.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-06-2013 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just in case it isn't noticed, the date of the original release: 2007.

tnperri
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posted 07-06-2013 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I noticed the original release. Just hoping there was one around for sale.

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