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Gold Prospectors Space (radio)..update

Just a quick update on things happening on the site and show sure to tune in sunday night at 7:30 Est as we go live on prospectors radio just us for fun and information  and giveaways as well going to be fun for sure…also right now there are some great auctions going on at Goldprospectorsspace so check those out these items are for a fund raiser… but if you have a item you would like to place on aution go ahead it does not have to be a fundraiser auction just a regular auction but lets try to keep them short ok…also anyone that ordered shirts they should be here very soon  i will let you all know the minute they get here…thank you all and welcome to all the new members we have gotten this week    take care    Tim

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Michigan…..State-owned property in 11 counties at auction beginning today

State-owned property in 11 counties available at auction beginning today

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering 19 parcels of state-owned land in 11 counties for sale by sealed-bid auction at auction begins today, July 9, and will run through Aug. 7, 2014. It will include one parcel that remained unsold in the recent live auction in Ogemaw County at an adjusted minimum bid price. Land parcels are available in Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Gogebic, Livingston, Midland, Muskegon, Ogemaw, Otsego, Roscommon and Schoolcraft counties.

Parcels range in size from less than an acre to 80 acres, vary in character and cover, and may not have legal access. Prospective buyers are encouraged to research the fitness of a property for its intended use. The minimum bid price is expected to range from less than $1,000 to more than $90,000. Sealed bids must be postmarked by midnight Aug. 7, 2014, and will be opened Aug. 25, 2014.

While most of the properties in this auction were acquired by tax reversion, a few were purchased with other funding. Proceeds from auction are returned to the original fund for future acquisition of important recreation and resource land.

Details about each property will be available beginning on the auction start date by visiting and clicking on “DNR Internet Summer Auction in Progress Now.” Information includes the minimum bid amount, photos, map, property descriptions and conditions of sale. Instructions to submit a bid will be found on the printable bid form. A list of the proposed auction properties with general locations can be found at

Other unsold land from previous auctions remains available for purchase at the listed price. View these properties by visiting the website and clicking “Surplus Land to BUY NOW!”

Printed property information and bid forms may be requested from DNR Real Estate Services Section, P.O. Box 30448, Lansing, MI 48909-7948 or by calling 517-284-5962.

These auction properties are isolated from other DNR-managed lands and do not meet the mission and goals of the department. Proceeds from sale provide future outdoor recreation opportunities in keeping with the mission of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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Finest Silver 1776 Continental Dollar Brings $1.41 Million….



From May 16th and May 17th Heritage Auctions will sell the US Colonials offered as part of the Newman collection. Included are many colonial rarities, including pieces that have been off the market for many years. Perhaps the most exciting and historical of all lots offered is lot 30423, one of only four 1776 Continental Dollars known to exist in silver. Struck in 1776 by a very young United States of America, Continental Dollars are generally regarded as the earliest coins struck after the United States declared itself independent from Britain, although the exact time of striking is unknown. The coin, graded by NGC as MS-63, sold for $1.41 million yesterday evening, setting a new record for any Continental Dollar.

The Continental Congress never officially authorized coins with the inscription “CONTINENTAL CURRENCY”. Instead, it is speculated that their legislation was considered to have been included in some of the later acts of 1776 authorizing the issuance of paper money to fund the war effort. One-dollar currency was included in the early denominations authorized and issued in 1776, although the later acts lacked specific legislation for paper money of one-dollar value. It is therefore speculated that the Continental Dollar was meant to replace the paper money of the same value. Examples struck in pewter come to the market with some regularity, and a few Continental Dollars are known to have been struck in brass. Silver was in extremely short supply during the early revolutionary war years, so it must have been decided to strike the coins in a metal of lesser value.

The first major reference work on American colonial coins, Sylvester S. Crosby’s 1875 work The Early Coins of America spent less than two pages describing the Continental Dollars, listing it under the “patterns and tokens” section. Eric P. Newman, whose collection is being sold, wrote the definitive reference work on the series, in 1952. He listed a total of seven die combinations, of which only two varieties are represented by silver examples, varieties 3-D and 1-C, with two of each known in silver. Three of the four coins show significant evidence of circulation, indicating perhaps that Continental Congress intended to replace pewter coins with silver coins whenever the silver became available. Only one uncirculated piece is known to exist, and this is the coin that Heritage sold.

The pedigree of the coin auctioned by Heritage is relatively well documented. It first appeared in a British auction sale in 1886, held by Sotheby’s. The coin made its way back to the United States, where it first was offered in a Chapman auction sale six months after the sale in Britain, in mid 1887. The lot, however, was withdrawn, and not offered for sale until 1912, again by Chapman, when it sold for $2,200. After a number of private transactions, including sales by Waldo Newcomer and the “Col.” E.H.R. Green estate, the coin was purchased by Eric P. Newman in 1952 for $2,500 and has remained in his collection ever since.

All three other known silver examples were part of the John J. Ford sales held in the early 2000s, and have not been auctioned publicly since then. Given the fact that these historic coins are offered for sale very infrequently this was an extremely important offering. It can easily be decades before any of these coins are offered again for sale, and it is likely that when it does such a coin will be part of a major collection and gather major attention.

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Quarter-Sized Pink Diamond Sets Record at Auction

A pink diamond the size of a U.S. quarter sets a record at auction, selling at Christie’s in New York for more than $39 million. The 35-carat ‘Princie’ golconda pink diamond was once owned by the royal family of Hyderabad in India. The winning bidder is anonymous.

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Honus Wagner baseball card sells for $2.1M at auction……

A rare 1909-11 baseball card featuring Honus Wagner sold at auction for $2.1 million early this morning, following a period of extended bidding. That prices includes a buyer’s premium.
The item was the centerpiece of Goldin Auctions’ April 5th showcase. Other notable items included a copy of Alex Rodriguez’s 2009 World Series ring ($50,398) and a signed Derek Jeter 2001 World Series game-used bat ($37,486).
But Wagner, one of baseball’s first superstars, dominated the headlines again. The T206 Wagner is baseball’s most famous card, with about 50 to 100 copies believed to exist. The auctioned card was classified as the “Jumbo” Wagner because its edges are 1/16 inches larger than standard cards.
The card’s story contributes to its legacy. T206 series cards were featured in cigarette packs, a precursor to bubble gum cards and today’s high-gloss, high-end releases.
For some reason, Wagner’s cards were pulled from packaging. Legend persists that Wagner railed against his card being included with cigarettes (he didn’t want to encourage children to smoke) – but he may have also been miffed over his compensation from card manufacturer American Tobacco Company.

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Qianlong Chinese vase sold at auction for almost £1m…..

A small Chinese vase that was valued at between £10,000 and £15,000 has been sold at auction for almost £1m.

The extremely rare 18th Century ornament, made for a Chinese emperor, was brought to Britain by the seller’s family more than a century ago.

It had been kept in a house in North Yorkshire for 45 years and the owner had no idea how valuable it was.

It was sold for £950,000 to a telephone buyer from China at Tennants’ auctions rooms in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Nigel Smith, Tennants’ associate director, said the blue and white vase was made for the Qianlong Emperor around 1730.

He said the high price was down to its rarity and exclusivity as very few were produced.
“It really is a museum-quality piece and these things very rarely come on the market.

“It’s come down through the family. One of their relatives was a diplomat in China in the 1880s and was given it as a gift.”

The seller’s grandmother, Lady Ethel Margaret Stronge, left the vase to his mother Mrs Rose Ethel Richardson of Tynan Abbey, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, who gave it to her son.

Lady Ethel married Sir Francis Stronge who joined the diplomatic service in London in 1879 and served in Peking the same year.

He went on to serve in the Supreme Court in Shanghai in 1885 before working in Central America.

The vase was discovered by Rodney Tennant, from the auction house, during a routine house call to value the contents.

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First edition Lord of Rings trilogy sells for £24,000……

All three title pages of the books had been signed by the author, JRR Tolkien. They had attracted huge interest at the auction in South Cerney.

The auction also included one of the earliest manuscripts of The Hobbit, which was sold for £3,200.

The set of books was estimated to sell for between £10,000 and £15,000.

Chris Awbery, from Dominic Winter Auctioneers, said the books were from Rayner Unwin of the publishing firm, Allen and Unwin.

He said: “Tolkien fans may not immediately recognise the name, but if they look at the spines of their books they’ll find they are the publishers of the books, from The Hobbit onwards.

“Rayner Unwin was as a 10-year old, given the manuscript of The Hobbit by his father, Sir Stanley Unwin, saying ‘what do you reckon to this?’

“He read it and gave a reader’s report and said it was very good and should appeal to seven to nine-year-olds. He [Sir Stanley] published it, and the rest is history.”

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Brooklyn Atlantics 1865 baseball card auction could fetch $100,000 or more…..

A 148-year-old team photo of the amateur Brooklyn Atlantics, which the Library of Congress calls “the first dated baseball card,” might fetch $100,000 or more when it goes up for auction next month in Maine. Problem is, nobody knows exactly how much it’s worth.
Only two Atlantics cards are known to exist — the other having been in the Library’s archives since the 1880s, when the photographer Charles Williamson submitted the photo for copyright.
Of course, this card is not like the contemporary baseball cards your mom threw away when she cleaned out the attic back in the ’70s. It’s not even like the tobacco cards of the late 19th century, either. It’s an original photograph, mounted on a card, that features nine uniformed players gathered around a bearded manager in a suit who appears ready for a Civil War reenactment. Or maybe even the real thing. It was 1865, after all. None of the players (or the skipper) have been identified by individual name. The Brooklyn team created the card as a promotional stunt and because it was a frequent league champion. Hey, you got a problem with that?
Relegated to the dustbin of history for several generations, the card was found at a yard sale by accident (of course) when an otherwise unidentified man in northern Maine bought a photo album, old Coke bottles and two oak chairs for less than $100. That’s some find.
According to its web site, the Saco River Auction Co. has scheduled the card’s auction for Feb. 6. Saco River also sold an 1888 card of Michael “King” Kelly for $72,000 in the summer of 2012 (which is how the seller of the Brooklyn card knew to contact Saco about his find). FYI, the most expensive card ever sold at auction was a 1909 Honus Wagner, which went for $2.8 million in 2007. Imagine how the moms who tossed one of those might feel if any ever knew.

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England….Rare coin found in Kent sold at auction for £240,000…..only 16 were made…

A rare coin discovered by a widow from Kent while searching a chest of drawers belonging to her late husband has been sold for £240,000 at auction.

The commemorative coin was made from Spanish gold seized from 18th Century treasure ships and only 16 were believed to have been created.

It was sold privately, at double the estimated price, by Gorringes auctioneers in Lewes, East Sussex.

The woman, of Tunbridge Wells, said she did not know why her husband had it.

Auctioneer Clifford Lansbury said there had been a lot of interest in the coin from dealers around the world, and it had sold for a record price.

“The highest record for that coin being sold in recent years is about £150,000,” he said.

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