Category Archives: Cultural Heritage

Christopher Columbus: His Decline in Numismatics and the Nation’s Collective Memory

By Heinz Tschachler ….. When in the early 1990s the United States was getting ready to commemorate the quincentennial of Christopher Columbus first landing on the Caribbean island of Guanahani, a bill was proposed that would eliminate the cent and the half-dollar and create a new small dollar coin bearing a portrait of the discoverer […]

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Singapore Mint Launches New Macau Lunar Coin Series

By The Singapore Mint ….. The Singapore Mint is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by the Monetary Authority of Macau as the official mint and exclusive international sales agent responsible for the production and international marketing of the new Macau Lunar Coin Series. The new series covers a period of 12 years, […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Lunar Series III Year of the Ox Silver Proof Coins

The Perth Mint’s highly anticipated Australian Lunar Series III coin program is an array of superb silver coins celebrating the next animal in the zodiac, the ox. Released as a magnificent three-coin set, and as individual 1oz and 1/2oz silver proof coins, the coins feature original artistry portraying the kind-hearted ox. Those born under the […]

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The Coin Analyst: Coin Designer Chris Costello Documents History and Culture With Numismatic Art

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. Chris Costello is a Boston-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator and typographer, and an award-winning coin designer who is always involved in many projects for different clients. He has been a coin collector since childhood and dreamed for many years of designing his own U.S. coin. Thirty years ago, […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Lunar Series III Year of the Ox 1oz Gold Bullion Coin

These magnificent gold coins celebrate the Year of the Ox, the second of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar ox in 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, and every 12th preceding year are said to be kind, intelligent, honest, and reliable. Admired for their […]

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Shadows of the Past: The Commemorative Olympic Coins of Failed States

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. While watching the opening ceremony to the Olympic Games, one is easily overwhelmed by the pomp and circumstance. Costing hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars to host, the Games represent a massive financial commitment by the host city and country. As such, they tend to be propagandized […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Dragon 1oz Silver Proof Rectangular Coins

The Perth Mint is excited to release this 1oz silver Proof coin featuring the Chinese dragon in a unique rectangular format. Depicted as serpentine-shaped creatures with large-eyes, horns, fish scales, and sharp claws, mythological dragons have been part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. Despite their fearsome appearance, they are considered to be benevolent […]

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Collecting Ancient Coins: Time to Consider a New Paradigm That Facilitates Lawful Trade

By Peter K. Tompa – Cultural Property Observer….. The following is a statement delivered at the Wednesday, July 22 meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) by lawyer and numismatic advocate Peter K. Tompa concerning proposed updates to the 2021 renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italy. These updates threaten American collectors’ […]

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Perth Mint – Australia 2020 Year of the Mouse 10 Kilo Silver Bullion Coin

This 10 kilo silver coin, produced by The Perth Mint, celebrates the Year of the Mouse, the first of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, and every 12th preceding year, are said to be smart, resourceful, […]

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Renewal of Italian MOU Threatens Ability to Collect Ancient Roman Imperial Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On June 8, 2020, the State Department of the United States announced a proposal to extend its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Italy. The MoU, which was originally agreed to in 2001 and augmented every five years since, establishes restrictions on imports of certain artifacts of cultural importance from Italy […]

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Celebrate the Year of the Ox With Gold and Silver Coins

Year of the Ox Mongolia. 1,000 Togrog. 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. Antique finish. Size approx. 35 mm. Mintage: 999. Technology: smartminting©. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Year of the Ox Coin Shape: small sculpture in the shape of an ox. One side shows the features of an ox with a flower […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Dragon 1oz Gold, Silver Bullion Rectangular Coins

The Perth Mint is excited to release these 1oz gold and silver bullion coins featuring two Chinese dragons in a unique rectangular format. In Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine mythical creature, a symbol of power, strength, wealth, and good fortune, and it is often portrayed alongside a luminous or flaming pearl. […]

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Madonna of Bruges Honored With Gilt Silver Coin

Madonna of Bruges Cook Islands. 2020. Silver .999. Gilded. 3 oz. Silk finish. Size 60 x 30 mm. Mintage: 501. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The blank is minted in the shape of a Madonna with a child. The obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley (initials: IRB) in a […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Figure 8 Dragon and Phoenix 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin

In traditional Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine creature and potent symbol of power, strength, wealth and good fortune. The phoenix is regarded as an immortal bird whose rare appearance is believed to foreshadow harmony. In feng shui, the dragon and the phoenix are considered perfect matches for one another. The phoenix […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Lunar Series III Year of the Mouse 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin

The first coin in our Australian Lunar Series to feature an ‘antiqued’ finish, this 2oz silver release portrays our 2020 Year of the Mouse design in exceptional detail. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972 and every 12th preceding year are said to be smart, resourceful, […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Tuvalu 2020 Year of the Mouse Rotating Charm 1oz Silver Coin

This 1oz silver antiqued coin is an excitingly innovative release featuring a central gold-plated rotating charm in the shape of the first animal in the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, the mouse. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972 and every 12th preceding year are said to […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Lunar Series III Year of the Mouse 1oz Platinum Proof Coin

This remarkable 2020 Year of the Mouse release is the first pure platinum proof issue from the Australian Lunar Coin Series. Highlighting the first animal in the Chinese zodiac, the coin’s surface treatment combines a mirror-like polished background and delicately frosted relief. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, […]

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Perth Mint Presents the Jewelled Tiger 2020 10oz Gold Proof Coin

The Perth Mint is delighted to present The Jewelled Tiger, an exceptional collectible showcasing rare and spectacular treasures from two Western Australian icons – Argyle Pink Diamonds and The Perth Mint. Struck from 10oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, the coin is surmounted by a phenomenal three-dimensional representation of one of the most […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Opal Lunar Series Year of the Mouse 1oz Silver Proof Coin

From our prestigious Australian Opal Lunar Series, this 2020 Year of the Mouse coin features a spectacular centerpiece crafted from authentic Australian opal. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972 and every 12th preceding year, are said to be smart, resourceful, adaptable and kind. Possessing a […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Year of the Mouse Quadrant 1oz Silver Proof 4-Coin Set

The Quadrant Mouse set consists of four coins that each comprise a quarter of a circle. When arranged together the coins form circle with a square in the centre reminiscent of the first currency of the Chinese empire. These ‘ban liang’ coins were first cast during the Qin Dynasty around 200 BCE. The four coins […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Year of the Mouse 1oz Gold High Relief Proof Coin

This spectacular gold coin celebrates the Year of the Mouse, the first animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972 and every 12th preceding year, are said to be smart, resourceful, adaptable and kind. Possessing a rich imagination […]

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BEP Celebrates Chinese New Year with Year of the Rat 2020 $1 Note

Year of the Rat $1 Note features auspicious 8888 serial number prefix. By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… In celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Lucky Money Collection – Year of the Rat 2020! The “rat” […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Year of the Mouse 1 Kilo Silver Coin with Gold Privy Mark

A prestigious collectible crafted from one kilo of 99.99% pure silver and featuring a one-gram gold insert, this flawlessly struck coin is a rare release with no more than 388 available. The unique tribute to the legendary lunar calendar portrays the first animal in the zodiac in vivid color and enshrines the Chinese character for […]

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Royal Australian Mint Launches Lunar Year of the Rat Coin Collection, Competition

By Royal Australian Mint …… To mark the first sign of the Chinese lunar zodiac, the Royal Australian Mint has released a Year of the Rat coin collection and launched a competition to win a limited edition gold proof domed coin. The Royal Australian Mint’s responsible Minister, the Honorable Michael Sukkar, the Minister for Housing […]

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Perth Mint: 2020 Australia Lunar III – Year of the Mouse Silver Bullion Coins

These magnificent silver coins celebrate the Year of the Mouse, the first of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972 and every 12th preceding year, are said to be smart, resourceful, adaptable and kind. Possessing a rich […]

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Perth Mint Bullion Coins Honor New Era of Ancient Calendar

The historic Perth Mint has introduced a third series of precious metal coins celebrating the ancient lunar calendar as part of Australia’s internationally renowned bullion coin program. From being the first major mint in the world to issue coins celebrating the animals of the Asian zodiac in 1995, The Perth Mint will strengthen its position […]

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Two Commemorative Coins of Mongolia Mark the Year of the Mouse

Year of the Mouse Mongolia. 1,000 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 1 ounce. Antique finish. Size 22 x 32 mm. Mintage: 999 pieces. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse of the coin, which is struck on a blank in the shape of a stylized mouse, shows the emblem of the Central Bank of Mongolia […]

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Two New Swiss Commemoratives: “Crocodile” Locomotive and 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Coins

By The Federal Mint Swissmint …… On May 9, 2019, the Federal Mint Swissmint launched two new collector coins. The first honors the 100th anniversary of the locomotive “Crocodile” with a gold coin. The second commemorative, a silver coin this time, honors the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which the University of […]

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Golden Arowana Coin Features Individually Proof Finished Scales

Dragonfish – Golden Arowana Palau. 10 Dollars. 2019. Silver .999. ca. 2 oz. 50 x 31 mm. Proof. Mintage: 999 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse is ornamented with a scaly pattern, in the center the national coat of arms of Palau with the inscription REPUBLIC OF PALAU, below the nominal value […]

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Experience the Beauty of the Aztec Sun Stone on Aztec Calendar Silver Rounds

You can’t hold the ancient Aztec Sun Stone in your hands, and unless you travel to Mexico City, you can’t see it in person, either. However, with an intricately designed new silver round from the Golden State Mint, you can own a replica of this historically significant item from the Aztec Empire of the 16th […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2019 Lunar Series II Year of the Pig 10 Kilo Silver Bullion Coin

  This magnificent 10-kilo silver coin celebrates the Year of the Pig, one of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019. Those born under the influence of this sign are said […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2019 Double Dragon 1oz Silver Bullion Coin

In Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine mythical creature embodying wealth, power, and good fortune. Dragons are frequently depicted in pursuit of a flaming pearl, a metaphor for wisdom and enlightenment. Representing the elusive nature of these qualities, the lustrous gem is often illustrated swirling through mist or cloud. Struck by The […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2019 Dragon 1oz Gold & Silver Bullion Rectangular Coins

The Perth Mint is excited to release 1oz gold and silver bullion coins featuring a Chinese dragon in a unique rectangular format. In Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine mythical creature, a symbol of power, strength, wealth, and good fortune, and it is often portrayed alongside a luminous or flaming pearl. Dragons […]

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Double-Concave Silver Coin Among Final 2018 Products From Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to introduce a 10 oz. silver creation that takes coin design to bold new depths. The product of advanced testing by the Mint’s R&D lab, the 2019 $100 Fine Silver Double Concave Coin Nature’s Grandeur: Brown Bear measures 16 mm at its edge and just 4 mm at its […]

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$2 Lucky Panda Latest in Lucky Money Collection From BEP

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing ……   The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to introduce the $2 Lucky Panda, a new addition to the Lucky Money Collection. The $2 Lucky Panda is exquisitely designed with decorative Chinese symbolism and is packaged in a symbolic, red folder with embossed, gold foil. This […]

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New Collector Coin From Royal Canadian Mint for June

The Royal Canadian Mint continues to tap in to its creativity and innovation to further unleash the potential of coin manufacturing and transform the coin collecting experience. Such is the case with the 2018 $50 Fine Silver Coin – Antique Carousel and several other head-turning coins in the June 2018 numismatic catalogue. In a world-first, […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates Friendship with Panda-Themed Silver Coin

As a newly arrived family of giant pandas becomes the star attraction of the Calgary Zoo, the Royal Canadian Mint is delighted to launch a colourful fine silver collector coin celebrating a beloved animal and a longstanding symbol of friendship in Chinese culture. This coin, featuring an adorable panda in colored relief, with a “lucky” […]

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Chinese Buddhist Guardian Lions on CIT Silver Coin

Coin Set: Chinese Guardian Lions Palau. 10 Dollars. 2017. Silver .999. 2 x 2 oz. Black Proof. Diameter 38.61 mm. Mintage: 888 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse of the first coin depicts a Chinese guardian lion from behind, in the field to the left the coat of arms of Palau, designed […]

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World Coin News – Portugal Issues Iron & Glass, Caretos Commemorative Silver Coins

By Central Bank of Portugal ….. On October 24, the Central Bank of Portugal (Banco de Portugal) entered into circulation two collection coins: “The Age of Iron and Glass” and “Caretos de Trás-os-Montes“. The Iron and Glass cupro-nickel coin has a face value of €5 and is part of the ‘Europa‘ series. The Caretos de […]

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Cultural Property Law Leads to Arrests of Coin Collectors in Munich

By CoinWeek Staff Reports …. If the March 4 arrests of coin collectors and a coin dealer at the 50th Numismata in Munich are any indication, collectors in the United States have reason to fear that Germany’s new Cultural Property Protection law may live down to the predictions of those who signed last year’s petition […]

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Conveying Wealth and Culture: Ships on World Banknotes

The junk and dhow are two ancient ship models that are prominently featured on banknotes in dozens of countries Images of national pride, of rich history and economic strength, of autonomy and cultural heritage have served to round out and embellish banknotes from all ages and corners of the world. The junk and dhow have […]

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Latvia to Issue 5 Euro Silver Coin Honoring Artist Janis Rozentāls

By Bank of Latvia …. On Wednesday, 23 November, Latvijas Banka is issuing a 5 euro silver collector coin “Janis Rozentāls”. This unique silver collector coin featuring the popular painting The Princess and the Monkey in color is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the prominent Latvian painter Janis Rozentāls (1866–1916). The graphic design of […]

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World Coin News – Latvia Dedicates 2 Euro Commemorative to Vidzeme

By Bank of Latvia …. On 15 November 2016, Bank of Latvia (Latvijas Banka) is issuing a 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to Vidzeme. This coin, featuring the coat of arms of Vidzeme, is the first one in the series of 2 euro commemorative coins dedicated to Latvia’s cultural and historical regions. It is one […]

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World Coins- Portugal Issues New €2.50 Barcelos Figures Collector Coin

By Central Bank of Portugal ….. The Central Bank of Portugal (Banco de Portugal) will put a cupronickel-alloy collector coin into circulation from 15 November 2016 entitled ‘O Figurado de Barcelos’ (Barcelos sculpted figures), within the ‘Portuguese Ethnography’ series. The coins have a face value of €2.50. The new circulating commemoratives will be distributed to […]

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The Global War Against Collectors of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. By including antiquities within the political construction “cultural property” nationalist retentionist cultural policies often claim all antiquities from beneath, or on the soil of lands within their borders as cultural property and of importance to their national identity, and their citizens’ collective and individual identities.[1] THERE IS A GLOBAL […]

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Bank of Latvia Issues New Porcelain 5 Euro Silver Coin

By Bank of Latvia …. On Tuesday, 9 August, the Bank of Latvia (Latvijas Banka) issued a five-euro silver collector coin of a unique shape. The coin is dedicated to “Baltars”, the workshop of fine china and faience painting and the pride of Latvian national culture, and has been designed by reproducing the image of […]

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Treasure News – 1804 Shipwreck Bullion Goes on Display

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. More than two centuries after the Spanish warship Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (roughly, “Our Lady of Mercy”) was sunk off the coast of Portugal before reaching the Spanish port city of Cádiz, the massive haul of gold and silver bullion that was onboard is finally back in […]

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South Korea Canning Coins by 2020, Turning to Electronic Monetary System

Boasting more digital transactions than ever, Korean officials believe coins are outmoded and therefore are making strides toward becoming a “coinless society” by the year 2020 By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   South Korea has announced it is going cashless by 2020 as the nation becomes increasingly dependent on the use of credit cards […]

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Coins and the Law – On Second Thought—a chance for rule of law?

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. The SAFE endorsement of Britain’s Article 11c of Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 at first blush might seem lacking in forethought. Here we have major cultural sites being demolished wholesale by civil war in Syria and Britain responds by prohibiting import, export and transfer of Syrian […]

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