Category Archives: European coins

World Coin Auction: A Spanish Gold Double Principats of Charles and Joanna

World Coin Auction Highlights by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The rise in power and prestige of the Habsburg dynasty in Austria during the 14th and 15th centuries created the possibility for more advantageous marriages and, as a result, political alliances. The first from the family to become Holy Roman […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Proof Gilt Reverse Pattern 1831 Half Sovereign

Gilt Uniface Reverse Die Trial NGC Proof 65 Ultra Cameo UNIQUE & UNRECORDED   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique and unrecorded Proof gilt reverse pattern for the 1831 Great Britain William IV Half Sovereign. The regular issue was struck in Proof-only and is rare. This reverse pattern is […]

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Künker eLive Auction 61 of Ancient and World Coins and Medals Now Online

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and collector friends, Please find our next eLive Auction 61 ready to be viewed online. This time you will find a wide-ranging offer from ancient coins to modern times – as well as medals and military orders and decorations. The online auction takes place from August 11-13, […]

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The French Republican Coin Dating System

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The French Revolution brought about the First French Republic, which brought about sweeping changes to remove religious and royalist influences across France and its government institutions. One such change came to its calendar, which would be changed and used by the French Republic for 12 years – including on […]

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NGC Certifies Outstanding British Error Coins Collection

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the Beeston Collection, an outstanding set of over 200 British error coins. The coins were recently submitted to NGC International UK Ltd. (NGC UK), the London-based affiliate of NGC. The Beeston Collection includes many different types of unusual and appealing errors. Nearly all of the errors are from Great […]

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Künker Summer World Coin Auction Yields Record Prices for Talers

Künker’s Summer Auction Sales started with a record! On 22 June 2020, the most expensive taler ever auctioned off was sold for 180,000 euros. And this incredible result “only” made the taler the third-most-expensive coin of the auction. One thing’s for sure: even though COVID-19 has been keeping the world in suspense for several months, […]

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Talers of the Habsburg Dynasty in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The Habsburgs came to dominate European affairs for nearly four centuries, with the family name eventually becoming synonymous with that of the Holy Roman Empire. This exalted status wasn’t always the case, however, as the family started with a small holding along the Rhine. […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique German 5 Mark Die Trial in Silver

1932G Germany 5 Mark Reverse Trial Strike in Silver Johann Goethe NGC PF 62 UNIQUE & UNLISTED   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique and unlisted Germany 5 Mark reverse trial strike. It is the adopted design in silver. It is uniface since only the reverse die was used […]

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Hungarian Mint Commemorates Impressionist Merse on New Coins

Hungarian Mint Coins by Coin & Currency Institute …… Pál Szinyei Merse, one of the earliest practitioners in the school of Hungarian and Central European Impressionism, is being commemorated by the Hungarian Mint with a pair of coins, one silver and the other copper-nickel, on the 175th anniversary of his birth on July 4, 1845. […]

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Japanese Oban Among New World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… We hope that everyone is doing well and finding pleasant ways to enjoy the summer. As a reminder, if you have any coins that you would like to offer to us, Atlas Numismatics is actively seeking to purchase individual items and whole collections and can assist with shipping and insurance should items merit […]

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Japanese Oban Among New World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics ……   We hope that everyone is doing well and finding pleasant ways to enjoy the summer. As a reminder, if you have any coins that you would like to offer to us, Atlas Numismatics is actively seeking to purchase individual items and whole collections and can assist with shipping and insurance should items […]

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New Series of Dutch Silver Ducats Focuses on Country’s Famous Castles

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Silver Ducat has been part of the heritage of the Netherlands Mint for 350 years. But with the 2020 issue, it takes on an appearance unlike any of its predecessors. Although the requisite standing armored knight is on the obverse as required by the law, on each of […]

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Maria Montessori Commemorated on New Italian Bimetallic Coin

By the Italian Mint …… The second commemorative coin of the Numismatic Collection 2020 of the Italian State Mint was recently issued today by the Ministry of Economy and Finances. The coin is dedicated to Maria Montessori, the illustrious Italian pedagog who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. She became famous throughout the […]

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Maria Montessori Commemorated on New Italian Bimetallic Coin

By the Italian Mint ……   The second commemorative coin of the Numismatic Collection 2020 of the Italian State Mint was recently issued today by the Ministry of Economy and Finances. The coin is dedicated to Maria Montessori, the illustrious Italian pedagog who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. She became famous throughout […]

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Hungary Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Stock Exchange After Fall of Communism

By Coin & Currency Institute ……   The National Bank of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank) is issuing a silver collector coin with a face value of 10,000 forints and a copper-nickel version of 2,000 forints to mark the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Budapest Stock Exchange. By reopening the stock exchange, one of […]

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Experience a Virtual Reality Tour at the Money Museum

Museum enthusiasts, history aficionados and coin collectors can explore the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Money Museum exhibit, “Money of Empire: Elizabeth to Elizabeth”, in a new 360-degree virtual reality tour that can be viewed from a computer or a VR headset. Visitors can experience close-up images of many of the exhibit’s objects, allowing views from […]

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Taler 500th Anniversary: Künker Summer Auction 337

500th Anniversary of the Taler by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and taler enthusiasts, in 2020 the taler celebrates its 500th birthday, though it’s obviously possible to argue about the date. Which coin should we refer to as the “first” taler, after all? The 1486 guldiner from Tyrol minted by Sigismund “Rich in Coin”? Or […]

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Tauler and Fau Auction 60 Ancient & World Coin Highlights

By CoinWeek …. On Tuesday, June 24, Auction 60 from -based dealer Tauler and Fau No Floor Bidding – Online and telephone bidding possible 603 lots: Ancient, Spanish and World Coins +100 selected lots with video Important selection of 52 roman aureii 18% buyer´s fee Auction 60 Ancient & World Coin Highlights Lot 213 – […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Obverse & Reverse Die Trials for Spain’s 1856 100 Reales

Struck in Gilt Copper – Uniface – UNIQUE & UNLISTED NEW DISCOVERY   This is a unique and spectacular set of obverse and reverse die trials for Spain’s 1856 Proof gold 100 Reales. They combine rarity (unique), history (struck to test the dies for the newly designed 100 Reales), and mystique (Queen Isabella II approved […]

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Pattern Coins of the French Second Republic Highlight Künker Auction 337

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… When the French people had chased away Citizen King Louis Philippe and founded the Second Republic, they were looking for new coin designs for their new government. The most talented artists of the time submitted design proposals. Auction house Künker presents in its auction 337 on 25 June 2020 […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Great Britain Guinea/Sovereign Pattern in Copper

Recently Surfaced After 200 Years   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… W&R-182 Copper NGC MS62BN Although this unique pattern Guinea/Sovereign is listed in the Wilson and Rasmussen reference book as W&R-182 Copper, it is not photographed in this reference book because the researchers and authors could not verify the existence of this […]

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Künker Summer Auction Sales 337-338 Now Online

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, The catalogues for our upcoming Summer Auction Sales are now online. From 22 to 26 of June 2020, we will hold two auctions at the hotel Vienna House Remarque in Osnabrück (former Steigenberger Hotel Remarque). About 3,600 lots with a total estimate of about […]

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Video Highlights of Tauler and Fau Ancient and World Coin Auction 60

On June 24, Tauler and Fau will hold their 60th monthly auction of world and ancient coin rarities. Below is a brief video that highlights some of the exquisite coins that will be on offer at Auction 60 later next month. The catalog will be available online at TauleryFau.com starting the first week of June. […]

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Mint of Poland Honors Pope John Paul II on New Coin

By Mint of Poland …… The late Pope John Paul II continues to be a source of inspiration for many, including artists who create timeless mementos of his life and pontificate. In tribute to one of the greatest Poles in history, on the initiative of the Mint of Poland a commemorative coin “Karol Wojtyła in […]

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Coins of Medieval Hungary: Part 2

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. Link to Part I When King Andrew III, last survivor of Hungary’s Árpád dynasty, died without an heir in 1301, succession to the throne was disputed by royal relatives. The subsequent history of Hungary often set foreign-born kings on a shaky throne. Twelve-year-old Wenceslaus III of Bohemia[1], betrothed to […]

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Hungarian Coins Commemorate 150 Years of Fire Departments

By Coin & Currency Institute …… Count Ödön Széchenyi laid the foundations for organized fire departments in Hungary, with the recruitment of the first volunteers, the creation of professional associations, and finally the nation-wide collaboration of different associations across the country. As a result of his efforts, the Hungarian Firefighters’ Federation, the legal predecessor of […]

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Set of Swiss Shooting Festival Medals and Coins New at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Despite worldwide economic uncertainty, the market for rare and exceptional coins remains buoyant. Showing particular strength at present are top British and Asian material. Atlas Numismatics is actively seeking to purchase individual items and whole collections and can assist with shipping and insurance should items merit inspection. Please contact us if you have […]

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The Coin Analyst Talks to Chiara Principe, Italian Medallic Artist and Sculptor

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Italian artist Chiara Principe has been designing and sculpting coins and medals for over a decade and has extensive training as an artist and sculptor using traditional and modern methods. Best known for her work on Vatican commemorative coins, she has received international recognition for her many accomplishments. In […]

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Hungary Issues Massive Coins Commemorating 30 Years of Freedom, Departure of Last Russian Soldier

  By Coin & Currency Institute …… After mass demonstrations by a unified opposition in 1989, free elections were held in Hungary, and resulted in a new parliament convening on May 2, 1990. When the last occupying Soviet solider left the country on June 19, 1991, the goals for which the heroes of the 1956 […]

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Netherlands to Issue 2020 Gold Ducat Coins by Reservation Only

By Coin & Currency Institute …. The Dutch Gold Ducat and Double Gold Ducat are appearing in another variation of their traditional, classic design for their 2020 issue. The first Gold Ducat with the legendary standing knight was struck in Holland under the United Provinces in 1586. The first Double Ducat came from the province […]

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Coins of Medieval Hungary: Part I

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. ABOUT THE YEAR 895, THE MAGYARS, a federation of nomadic tribes whose origin was in the distant forests of Siberia, crossed the Carpathian Mountains led by a chieftain named Árpád (c. 845-907), and occupied the wide, fertile Danubian basin. Known to the Romans as “Pannonia”, this region had seen […]

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Coin Profile – 2019 Alderney 1 oz Silver Puffin Coin

The 1 troy oz puffin coin has a limited mintage of 10,000 coins worldwide and has been graded a near perfect coin by PCGS. This release of the APMEXclusive® Alderney Five Pounds features a striking image of a Puffin Coin in .999 fine Silver. The common puffin, named after its puffed-up swollen appearance (although its […]

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Ancient Lydian Light Series Stater, Other Gold Coins New at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… We hope this update finds you doing well and staying healthy. While we continue working remotely and monitoring the ongoing situation, Atlas Numismatics remains available to answer your coin questions, discuss offers and we are processing orders received online without delays. All carriers in the U.S. continue operating on a regular schedule. Should […]

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Coin Profile – 1906-A France Gold 100 Francs Angel MS-63 PCGS

The 100 Franc French Gold Angel is a large, beautiful coin with a wonderful design and great look that had been a highly popular european gold coin since it was struck. Gold Angel Coin Highlights: Contain .9335 oz actual Gold weight. Graded MS-63 by PCGS and encapsulated in a sealed holder to protect your investment. […]

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The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

Modern World Coins & Currency By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. If you’ve followed our writing at CoinWeek over the years, you’re probably aware of our advocacy for modern circulation strike U.S. coins, specifically coins from 1965 to 1982, or what we like to call the U.S. late modern period. Suffice it to […]

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Coin Profile – 2019 Netherlands 1 oz Silver Lion Dollar MS-70 PCGS (FS)

With a history of more than 400 years, the Royal Dutch Mint presents a 1 oz Brilliant Uncirculated Lion Dollar restrike with a limited mintage of 15,000 coins worldwide. In addition to these coins being an APMEXclusive®, we have partnered with PCGS to create a custom label made specifically for this coin. The design of the label […]

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World Coin Profiles: Finest Known Gold Ship Ryal of Elizabeth I

Our upcoming April 22-27 Central States World Coins Signature Auction features an absolutely spectacular Elizabeth I (1558-1603) gold “Ship” Ryal of 15 Shillings, graded MS64 by PCGS. This piece’s very survival seems miraculous. It is one of the rarest and most popular coins of Elizabeth I’s reign, absent from most British collections in any condition, […]

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Künker Spring Auction Results Defy Troubles

Künker Spring Auction Results by Künker GmbH …… The Künker Spring Auction Sales took place in the middle of the worldwide coronavirus crisis and under constantly tightened security requirements. The concern was enormous: How would the collectors react? In brief, the mood was positive and participation was high overall. For the more than 6,500 lots, […]

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A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium Coin Series

Niobium Coin Article Originally by Louis Golino and Updated April 2020 by CoinWeek …..   The Austrian Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints, with historical roots that date back to 1194. It is best known for its Philharmonic silver and gold coins, which are among the world’s most widely traded bullion coins,however since 2003 the mint has […]

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Gold, Silver Coins Commemorate Italian Renaissance Artist Raffaello Sanzio

Raffaello Sanzio By the Italian Mint …… The State Mint of Italy has produced two coins, one in silver and one in gold, to celebrate Raffaello Sanzio the illustrious artist of Urbino, on the fifth centenary of his death. The silver coin will have a circulation of 5,000 pieces in Proof, and it has a […]

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Künker Auction 335: Holy Citizens – A Special Collection of Medieval Coins

Künker Spring Auctions by Künker GmbH …… On March 18, 2020, Künker’s auction No. 335 offers a special collection of medieval coins containing about 150 splendid bracteates. These Romanesque works of art take us back to a time when saints were regarded as fellow citizens willing to engage actively for the well-being of the community. […]

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Coins of Transylvania and Dracula, Vlad the Impaler

By Dylan Dominguez for PCGS …… Transylvania, as stated in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (1897), was “one of the wildest and least-known portions of Europe”. It is also known in Bram Stoker’s novel as the home of where the fictional character was created, based on the Romanian ruler, Vlad III Dracula. Although Vlad III Dracula […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Vikings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. On JUNE 8, 793, A BAND of Norse raiders sacked Lindisfarne, a monastery on the Holy Island off the northeast coast of England. Historians date this as the beginning of the Viking Age. And over the next three centuries, these fierce Scandinavian warriors shaped much […]

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Künker Ancient and World Coin Spring Auctions Now Open

Künker Spring Auctions by Künker GmbH …… A Feast by Collectors for Collectors It is very rare to see so many special collections at once as in Künker’s auction week taking place from 16 to 20 March 2020. The highlight is obviously the Samel Collection of Jewish coins; however, this is just one of more […]

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UK Music Legends Queen to be Celebrated on Royal Mint Coin

The commemorative coin, which marks the first of The Royal Mint’s ‘Music Legends’ collection, is available in Gold Proof, Silver Proof, and Brilliant Uncirculated   The Royal Mint has announced the iconic band, Queen, will be celebrated with the launch of a commemorative coin collection, making it the first time that a British band has […]

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World Coin Auctions – Heritage to Offer Special Collection of Frankfurt Coins Feb. 9

Our third highlighted monthly World and Ancient coin auction in as many weeks features A Special Collection of Frankfurt Coins, minted for the Free City of Frankfurt before German confederation. The coins in this auction range from the small copper Heller all the way to silver 2 Taler issues and several examples of gold ducats. […]

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Heritage Live: The Gulf Breeze Collection of Prussian Coins

The Gulf Breeze Collection of Prussian Coins is one of three specialized auctions of World and Ancient Coins currently available for bidding exclusively through HA.com. It concludes with a live auction through Heritage Live, beginning at 8:00 PM CT on February 2. As might be expected from the name, this auction is composed almost entirely […]

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Swiss Mint Issues World’s Smallest Gold Coin showing Albert Einstein

By The Federal Mint Swissmint …… The Smallest Gold Coin in the World With determination, patience, and ingenuity, Albert Einstein established his enduring fame in 1905 with the formula “E = mc2“, revolutionizing the world of physics. Swissmint has now tried to revolutionize the world of coins with the striking of the “smallest gold coin […]

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New Edition of Coins of England Catalog Now Available

Coins of England By Coin & Currency Institute …… The 2020 edition of Coins of England and the United Kingdom is the 55th update and revision of the long-time standard. Now edited by Emma Howard, the two-volume set is divided into pre-decimal issues in hardback and decimal issues in paperback. It totals 878 pages, with […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1824 Great Britain Half Sovereign Gold Die Cap

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is the only known obverse die cap struck in gold from any country. It was certified and authenticated by NGC. It is an English half sovereign dated 1824 of King George IV. This happens to be an extremely rare date in the English half sovereign series […]

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A Double Rose Nobel from Gelderland—Unpublished and Unique, Forgotten and Now Rediscovered

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… An English gold coin first minted under King Edward III in 1344, the noble became a popular type with robust, intricate iconography on each side, similar to other contemporary gold issues circulating throughout Western Europe. The obverse—commemorating the English naval victory at the Battle […]

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La Semeuse: France Pays Tribute to Coin That Inspired Walking Liberty Half Dollar

The Sower The Semeuse, or “Sower”, has been one of the preeminent motifs of French numismatic history for over a century. Originally, La Semeuse was created by Oscar Roty for a medal of the Ministry of Agriculture in 1887. In 1896, when Finance Minister Paul Doumer ordered new coins, Roty was one of the chosen […]

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Heritage Features Beautiful 1817 Pattern Three Graces Crown in January NYINC Auction

The Heritage January 12-13 NYINC World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction features, among many other highlights, an example of the beautiful 1817 Pattern “Three Graces” Crown, graded Proof 65 by NGC. This pattern is estimated at $80,000-$100,000 USD, and it is scheduled to cross the auction block in New York on Monday, January 13. Alongside […]

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Atlas Numismatics Highlights New Inventory of Rare World Coins Before FUN, NYINC

By Atlas Numismatics …… Atlas Numismatics will be attending both the The 65th Annual F.U.N. Convention, January 8-12, 2020 in Orlando, Florida and The 48th New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), January 16-19, 2020 in New York City. If you would like us to bring any specific items to the show for you to see in person, […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Set of Third Reich Hindenburg Silver Matte Proof Coins

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique historical and unbelievable set of all three Third Reich proof silver issues in matte proof of the Hindenburg German coins. It has been authenticated and certified by PCGS. The 1937A silver 2 Mark is unique in matte proof. It is unrecorded in all […]

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Rarities From Künker Auction 331 for the World Money Fair in Berlin

Künker Auction 331 by Künker GmbH …… On the occasion of the World Money Fair, auction house Künker offers outstanding rarities from all over the world. Coins from the German States, the Holy Roman Empire and France are especially well represented. The highlight is the Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wiechert Collection o. a. featuring rarities from […]

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One of Only Two Known Surviving 1945 Silver Threepence Coins Surfaces

The “rarest British circulating coin in 200 years” has been certified as genuine by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), the world’s largest third-party certification, grading and encapsulation service for rare and collectible coins. The tiny silver coin — only the second known example — was not discovered in a buried hoard. The 1945 Silver Threepence was […]

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Heritage Auctions to Offer José Rodrigues Collection of Victoria Sovereigns

The newest monthly world coin auction from Heritage Auctions is the José Rodrigues Collection of Victoria Sovereigns, now open for bidding with the live session scheduled for December 29. These sovereigns form a part of the José Rodrigues Collection, a collection that features the NGC #1 set of circulation strike Great Britain sovereigns (1838-1901), as […]

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First of Its Kind Silver Coin From Austrian Mint Celebrates Centenary of Salzburg Festival

20 EURO SILVER COIN “CENTENARY OF THE SALZBURG FESTIVAL” on Wednesday 22, 2020 By the Austrian Mint …… To celebrate this major cultural event, which is constantly in the process of reinventing itself, as well as this unique centenary coin, we have come up with a particularly innovative coin design. We believe it does the […]

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Switzerland 2020 Shooting Talers Continue Long Tradition

By Coin & Currency Institute …… Switzerland’s annual shooting taler is now available for preorder in advance of its mid to late January release date. The Swiss tradition of marksmanship was established during the old Swiss Confederacy in the 15th century, when festival participants used crossbows in shooting contests. The legend of William Tell recalls […]

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Swiss Mint Honors Tennis Star Roger Federer with Presale of New Silver Coin

By The Federal Mint Swissmint …… For the first time in its history, the Federal Mint Swissmint has dedicated a commemorative coin to a living person: tennis champion Roger Federer. One of if not the most important individual Swiss athletes is also Switzerland’s perfect ambassador to the rest of the world. It is all reason […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Proof Half Sovereign Pattern Mule with Sixpence Obverse

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This proof Half Sovereign off-metal mule pattern encompasses a combination of history, rarity, and condition. This piece is the ONLY known certified example and the ONLY known piece as well. The obverse was struck from the regular obverse die intended for the Sixpence issue. The reverse was […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Lauer Queen Victoria Gold Pattern Coin

(1887) Great Britain Queen Victoria Lauer Pattern in Gold Uniface Obverse Die Trial Ex. Murdoch Collection (1904) – UNIQUE By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Several patterns struck in gold with new designs were submitted in 1887 for the jubilee of Queen Victoria. Her young head portrait had been used for 50 years […]

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Two New Silver Coins From the Italian Mint Celebrate Renaissance Art and Modern History

By the Italian Mint …… The State Mint of Italy has produced two coins: one to celebrate the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and one to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The first coin, in silver with a face value of 5 euros, is dedicated to […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Great Britain Silver Crown Die Trial Piedfort Pattern

1845 Great Britain Crown Young Head Silver Die Trial Piedfort Pattern Uniface Obverse NGC MS 65 – UNIQUE, UNLISTED & UNRECORDED By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… NGC recently authenticated and certified this unique Great Britain Silver Crown Die Trial Piedfort Pattern. It was struck in 1845 with the “Young Head” portrait that […]

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NGC Certifies Extremely Rare 1819 British Sovereign for Royal Mint

The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom entrusted Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) to certify an example of one of the greatest rarities of British coinage: the 1819 George III Sovereign. The Royal Mint sold the sovereign through a ballot, with the winning collector purchasing it for £100,000 (about $129,000 USD). The 1819 Sovereign was submitted […]

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English Coin Rarities to Star in JustCollecting’s November 14 Auction

A look at three of the most intriguing numismatic pieces in JustCollecting’s November 14 Prestige Collectibles Auction JustCollecting’s online November 14 Prestige Collectibles Auction, hosted on Invaluable, features a wealth of prize coins, postage stamps, and rare memorabilia. Ranging from ancient Greek to 19th-century British, the coin selection offers some tantalizing prospects for numismatists. James […]

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The Spanish 100 Pesetas Gold Coin

By Tauler and Fau …… With the fall of the reign of Isabel II of Spain, a revolutionary period started during which the social, political, and economic structures were being modernized. Within this period, the most important Spanish currency reform undertaken in the modern age was introduced: the Order of 19th October of 1868. Centenary […]

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Merovingian Coins on MA-Shops.com

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… Coins from the Merovingian Empire are popular around the world. Their gold coins, the tremissises, being the most popular of all. Merovingian coins have a style that reminds people of the early middle ages, and most of the coins are very rare. So, to add […]

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The Beauty and Art of the Duomo in Milan Celebrated on New Italian Coin

By the Italian Mint …… On October 2, the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance issued a new silver commemorative coin–made by the State Mint–dedicated to one of the most representative monuments of the art and history of Italy: the Duomo, or the Cathedral of Milan. The coin, designed by the engraver and artist Luciana […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Visigoths in Spain

  Visigoths in Spain By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. …[T]he history of the Visigothic kingdom is one long struggle between the nobility and the monarchy. The kings were supported by the clergy in their efforts to consolidate the royal power and transmit it from father to son, while the nobles strove to keep it […]

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Monnaies Françaises: French Coin Reference 2020 Edition Available in November

French “Red” Book by Coin & Currency Institute …… Monnaies Françaises has been the bible on the coins of modern France since it was first published in 1973. It is now authored by Francesco Pastrone and published by Editions Victor Gadoury of Monaco. It is called “Le Rouge” (The Red) in French. The 24th edition, […]

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Furka Pass Commemorated on New Silver Swiss Coin

2019 Christmas coin set also available from Swissmint   By The Federal Mint Swissmint …… On September 12, 2019, the Federal Mint Swissmint launched a new 20 Franc silver coin commemorating the Furka Pass. This is the second issue–after the Klausen Pass–of a three-part series entitled “Swiss Alpine Passes“. And in addition to this, the […]

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Second Edition of The Early Dated Coins of Europe, 1234-1500 to be Released This Fall.

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The appearance of a date on a coin is something so obvious to the layman that it is taken for granted. It will no doubt then come as a shock to discover that the custom of placing the year of minting on coins is absent for most of coinage […]

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Recently Announced Hoard Second Largest Find of Norman Coins Ever in UK

Norman Coins Hoard By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. After seven months of processing the find, the British Museum in London announced on Tuesday, August 27 the discovery of a large norman coins hoard of silver pennies in the Chew Valley dating to the Norman Invasion of England. Discovered by metal detectorists in January, the […]

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New Book on Gold Coins of Sweden First on the Subject in Nearly 40 Years

By Coin & Currency Institute …… Not since the publication of The Coinage of Sweden, in 1977, and Coins of the Swedish Possessions in 1980, has there been any concerted effort to update the extensive and diverse gold coin issues of this widely collected area of numismatics. With the Fall 2019 publication of Sveriges Guldmynt, […]

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NGC Certifies Impressive Waterbird Collection of Rare British Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the Waterbird Collection, an impressive array of rare British coins spanning almost six centuries. The coins range from a rare gold noble of King Henry IV struck circa 1412-13 to a 2002 Gold Maundy set from the Cook Islands. Among the many highlights of the collection is an exceptionally […]

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Red Baron Medal, Gold Escudos Highlight New Coin Inventory at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… With our September newsletter, we are pleased to introduce some new features on the Atlas Numismatics website that we hope will improve your browsing experience. These features include mobile optimization for phones and handheld devices and a new “previously viewed items” list that will populate in your browser as items are […]

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Spink to Auction Edward VIII Pattern Coin

Spink is delighted to announce the forthcoming sale of an excessively rare Edward VIII Pattern Penny at its London auction house on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. This trial coin, never released for circulation as a result of the King’s abdication in December 1936, is appearing for the very first time at a UK public auction. […]

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Popular Hunting Dog Breed Vizsla Focus of New Coin From Hungary

By Coin & Currency Institute …… Although the Hungarian Vizsla did not start arriving in the United States until the close of World War II, the first written reference to the Vizsla dog breed is said to have been recorded in the Illustrated Vienna Chronicle prepared on order of King Louis I of Hungary in […]

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Royal Mint Celebrates 200-Year Anniversary of Prince Albert’s Birth With Strike on the Day Sovereign

The Royal Mint has announced that a special Strike on the Day Sovereign will be struck on August 26 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Prince Albert. This year not only marks 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria but also that of a man who served as her greatest confidant, […]

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Rich Selections in September Long Beach World Coins Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions‘ last all-encompassing Ancient & World Coins Signature auction of 2019 will be held September 4-9 in Long Beach in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The past 12 months have been a time of tremendous opportunity, with a diverse selection of material seen in some of our biggest auctions yet, […]

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Rich Selections in September Long Beach World Coins Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions‘ last all-encompassing Ancient & World Coins Signature auction of 2019 will be held September 4-9 in Long Beach in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The past 12 months have been a time of tremendous opportunity, with a diverse selection of material seen in some of our biggest auctions yet, […]

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NGC Grades Rare 700-Year-Old French Gold Coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified one of only six known examples of a Royal d’Or struck during the 1314-16 reign of Louis X of France. The french gold coin was graded NGC AU 55. The six known examples were discovered in France in 1861 in the Treasure of Deauville and then sold to collectors. […]

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Key Carson City Gold, Choice Wildman Thaler Among New Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Atlas Numismatics will be attending the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 13-17, 2019 being held in Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago). If you would like us to bring any specific items to the show for you to see in person, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Atlas Numismatics will be […]

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Royal Mint Launches Final Coin in Tower of London Collection

The collection features four coins with the latest featuring the Ceremony of the Keys The coin features a special Tower mint mark – the first time this has appeared on an official UK coin collection By The Royal Mint …… On August 6, The Royal Mint launched the final coin in the 2019-dated Tower of […]

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Heritage Auctions to Offer Cape Coral Collection of German 3 Marks at ANA

Very infrequently does one encounter a collection of such comprehensiveness and caliber that it may truly be deemed a reference collection. The dedication, time, and resources required to create such an achievement are simply too great for most to accomplish, and so it remains a rare case when an assemblage of this nature is painstakingly […]

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Monnaie de Paris Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Man’s 1st Step on the Moon with Gold and Silver Coins

Orchestrated by the Apollo 11 mission, the First Step on the Moon was made July 21, 1969, by astronaut Neil Armstrong. APOLLO 11 Part of the Apollo American Space Program owned by NASA, Apollo 11 is a mission that had for the purpose of driving men to the moon and to ask for the first […]

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Results of Künker Summer World Coin Auctions 322-324

World Coin Auctions By Künker GmbH ……   We thank you, our customers, for your active participation in the Künker summer world coin auctions 2019, which ended on June 27 at 6.30 pm with great success. In total, more than 1,600 bidders participated in the sale. We were very pleased with the overall hammer price […]

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French Coins & Medals of Künker Summer Auction 323

By Künker GmbH …… Dear Bidders and Coin Enthusiasts, French numismatics has a lot to offer. First of all, it spans a vast period of time. Celtic tribes were using their own coins from as early as the second century BCE. Under the Romans, the French city of Lugdunum (modern Lyon) replaced Rome as the […]

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Gem 1887 Queen Victoria Proof Crown, Treaty of Paris Medal Highlight World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Atlas Numismatics will be attending the 13th Annual Summer F.U.N. Convention from July 11-13, 2019. If you would like us to bring any specific items for your examination at the show please contact us at your earliest convenience. New Inventory These five items are just a sample of the 151 recent […]

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CoinWeek Sponsor: Amazing UK Coins on MA-Shops

Expansion of the British Range   By MA-Shops.com …… This 1703 Great Britain Anne Silver VIGO Crown or 1851 Great Britain Victoria young head penny are just a few examples from our new dealer Wessex Coins, a family run business with over 45 years of passionate experience in the numismatic and antiquities field, both in […]

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World Coin News – Gold and Silver Coins Commemorate Beemster UNESCO Heritage Site

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The second official Dutch commemorative coin of 2019, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Finance and struck by the Royal Dutch Mint is the Beemster Euro Coin. Every year, since 2012, special commemorative coins have been issued celebrating Dutch World Heritage. The Kingdom of the Netherlands currently has 10 […]

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German Coins & Medals Highlight Künker Auctions

  By Künker GmbH …… Dear Bidders and Coin Enthusiasts, As always, German coins and medals make up a large portion of our auctioned pieces. Once again, we’re able to offer a wide range of collections featuring German coins. First of all, there’s a collection of selected bracteates from the High Middle Ages, featuring great […]

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Künker Auction Focus on Coins of Reformation and Protestantism From Opitz Collection

In an eLive Premium Auction, Künker will be offering the third part of the Opitz Collection. It includes coins and medals relating to the Reformation and Protestantism. Anyone dealing with coins and medals focused on Reformation and Protestantism knows the name Dr. Rainer Opitz. Künker has already auctioned two parts of his extensive collection. Now, […]

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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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Women of France: Marie Curie 2019 Gold, Silver Proof Coins

Series Inspiration In 2016, Monnaie de Paris launched a new series that pays tribute to French History through the women who have had an influence on various areas culture, such as politics and art. This series uses the same historical strike that was used in the From Clovis to the Republic series and goes even […]

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A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium Coin Series

Niobium Coin Article Originally By Louis Golino and Updated May 2019 by CoinWeek ….. The Austrian Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints with historical roots that date back to 1194. It is best known for its Philharmonic silver and gold coins, which are among the world’s most widely traded bullion coins,however since 2003 the mint has issued […]

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Austrian Mint 2019 Artificial Intelligence 25 Euro Silver Niobium Coin

2019 Artificial Intelligence 25 Euro Silver Niobium Bimetallic Coin, obverse. Image courtesy Austrian Mint Description: Artificial Intelligence, the 2019 Silver Niobium edition, looks to a future that has already begun. We humans have been using artificial intelligence, in the form of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, to think for […]

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Italian Mint Commemorates Carabinieri, Alpine Corps With New 5 Euro Commemoratives

Carabinieri 5 Euro Commem by the Italian Mint …… The State Mint of Italy is issuing two coins to celebrate the Carabinieri and the Alpini. The first coin commemorates the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Cultural Heritage Protection Command, and the second celebrates the centenary of the National Alpine Association. The homeland, courage, […]

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Modern World Coins – Three New Swiss Commemoratives

By The Federal Mint Swissmint …… The Federal Mint Swissmint recently launched three new commemorative coins for collectors. The first coin celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Swiss National Circus Knie, a colored silver Proof coin. The second coin is also silver and honors the steamer Blümlisalp, which concludes the three-coin “Swiss Steamships” series. The […]

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Italian Mint Dedicates Commemorative Coin to Iconic Vespa Scooter

Made with three colors, green, white and red, to resemble the Italian flag   By the Italian Mint …… The State Mint has created a new 5 euro silver coin, issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, that celebrates one of the most famous symbols of Italian style in the world: the Vespa. It […]

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Coins of the Bad Popes

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God. THE POPE’S resounding modern titles give […]

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Temperate Zone: Germany Announces 3rd in Climate Zones Polymer Ring Coin Series

On Wednesday, April 10, Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance Secretary Gisela Splett announced the first 5-euro Collector’s coin with the motif “moderate zone” stamped. “The new collection coin is provided with a translucent green polymer ring,” said Splett at the State Mint of Baden-Württemberg in Karlsruhe. “A special feature is that each state mint in Germany […]

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Italy Issues Second Collector Coin of 2019 Numismatic Program

By the Italian Mint …… On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the State General Accounting Office, the Ministry of Economy and Finance has issued a 5 euro commemorative coin struck by the State Printing Office and Mint. The coin presents an occasion to celebrate and remember an important institution of […]

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Monnaie de Paris to Issue Last of Marianne Gold Coin Series

By Monnaie de Paris ……. A Contemporary Allegory of Fraternity Since 2008, the Monnaie de Paris has been striking coins that revisit the major numismatic symbols of France. After the Sower, Hercules, and the Rooster, the institution pays tribute to Marianne. Inseparable from the Republic she has officially represented since 1877, her face appeared for the […]

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MA-Shops: Uncover Coins From the Holy Roman Empire

By MA-Shops.com …… MA-Shops offers a nice inventory of coins from the Holy Roman Empire. Below, you will see a few examples – such as a 10 Crown gold coin from 1914 issued during the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Franz Joseph I. Many other rare coins of quality, with an emphasis on the Empire, […]

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Austrian Mint Commemorates 825th Anniversary With 2nd Coin in Series

 As a leading online Precious Metals retailer, APMEX enjoys being able to help mints around the world celebrate important milestones. In 2019, the Austrian Mint marks their 825th anniversary with a special three-coin series. The second release is now available at APMEX. Throughout the year, the Austrian Mint will release three exceptional silver coins, […]

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In Memoriam: Dr. Rainer Opitz (1954-2019)

By Künker Auctions GmbH …… “To achieve the possible, we must attempt the impossible again and again.” —Hermann Hesse The German numismatic community has lost a visionary: Dr. Rainer Opitz passed away at the age of 64 on February 7, 2019. The businessman Rainer Opitz is known in the numismatic world for his dedication to […]

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Lake Country Collection Spotlights British Coin Offerings at Central States

The upcoming April 25-30 Central States World Coins Signature Auction is set to be loaded with outstanding material, with an especially strong selection of British coins. One of the featured collections is The Lake Country Collection, a privately assembled collection of nearly 300 coins, almost all of which are British. The Lake Country Collection contains […]

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Royal Mint UK – Yale of Beaufort Next Coin in Queen’s Beasts Collection

The Royal Mint unleashes the mythical Yale of Beaufort as the sixth coin in The Queen’s Beasts collection. The Yale is one of 10 heraldic Beasts that form the Queen’s Beasts collection. Inspired by these ancient symbols of power and identity, the range brings to life the 10 imposing statues that are part of an […]

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World Coins – Heritage to Offer Denis Burger Collection of English Crowns, Mint Errors

Once again, Heritage will be offering a specialized single consignor collection of world coins for your bidding pleasure beginning on February 18, ending in a live session on March 17. This offering will be from The Denis Burger Collection of Crowns and Mint Errors, a collection strong in both British coins and in errors, particularly […]

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Netherlands Celebrates 100 Years of Dutch Aviation, World’s Oldest Operating Airline

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Royal Dutch Mint’s first official Netherlands commemorative coins of 2019 are the Aviation 5 and 10 euros in honor of 100 years of Dutch aviation. KLM (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij or Royal Airline Company), NLR (National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, a major technological institute) and aircraft manufacturer Fokker […]

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Royal Mint Unveils the Gruffalo 20th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

One of the World’s Best-Loved Monsters to Appear on UK Coins To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of one of the world’s favorite literary monsters, The Gruffalo, The Royal Mint has released a new collection of special commemorative coins to mark the milestone in partnership with Magic Light Pictures. The famous story of brain over brawn, […]

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Seven Dutch Monarchs: The Gulden on MA-Shops

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… I was reading through some numismatic books for a new subject for this blog, and several subjects crossed my view. For instance: military banknotes, Indian coinage, Byzantine coinage, and Ottoman banknotes. I know that these are specialized subjects for many collectors, and for this blog […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Euro’s Impact on Numismatics After 20 Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On January 4, 1999, 11 members of the European Union began using a common currency known as the euro. For the first three years, the currency existed virtually, used only for cashless and bank transactions. Euro coins were first minted in 1999 but only entered circulation in 2002 following […]

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World Coin News – NGC Certifies Rare 1839 British Proof Set

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation™ (NGC®) has certified a rare complete 1839 Great Britain Proof Set. The incredible set includes 15 gold, silver and copper coins, representing each denomination and type issued in 1839. Among these is an NGC PF 63+ Ultra Cameo example of the most famous of all British coins: the Una and the Lion […]

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Royal Mint Launches 2019 Britannia Coin Range – The Spirit of a Nation

On Friday, February 8, The Royal Mint launched its 2019 Britannia range. Each year The Royal Mint features a reinterpretation of Britain’s most iconic national symbol on a range of precious metals coins and this year for the first time a 2oz gold Britannia coin makes an appearance in the range. Around 2,000 years ago, […]

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Italian Mint Dedicates 1st Coin of 2019 to Leonardo da Vinci

By the Italian Mint …… On the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Ministry of Economy and Finance is issuing a commemorative coin with a nominal value of 2 euros, made by the State Mint, to celebrate the Tuscan artist and inventor, considered one of the greatest geniuses […]

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Clay, Cardboard, and Zinc: Altered Coinage of World War II

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. In the United States, the most dramatic effect that World War II had on our coinage was the steel penny. The composition of our nickels changed as well, but that wasn’t an immediately noticeable change in the appearance of the coin. Both changes are well-known by collectors today, but […]

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APMEX: Royal Mint Releases Final Landmarks of Britain Silver Coin

APMEX, Inc., a leading online Precious Metals retailer based in Oklahoma City, is excited to introduce the fourth release in The Royal Mint’s Landmarks of Britain series. This final issue celebrates one of the most famous residences in the world: Buckingham Palace. The grounds of Buckingham Palace had been the site of previous residences, but […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1913 Great Britain Gold Sovereign

By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. These two counterfeits share some of the same imperfections. The British gold Sovereign is one of the most popular and enduring coins around. It has been struck from 1817 to present, and well over 1.1 billion were struck over those two centuries. During those years, the coins were struck at […]

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Isle of Man Releases 2018 Silver and Gold Bullion Angel Coins

Isle of Man – 2018 Angel Isle of Man. Angel. 2018. Silver .999. 2 oz. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 999 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Isle of Man. Angel Gold. 2018. Gold .9999. 1/64 oz. 11 mm. Proof. Mintage: 15,000 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse bears Jody Clark’s portrait of […]

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Vienna Philharmonic Bullion Coins Make up Christmas Tree of Pure Gold

By Austrian Mint …… A Christmas tree adorned with the 2018 Vienna Philharmonic, the golden hallmark of the Austrian Mint, caused a sensation in Ginza in Tokyo. This year, we are also bringing it to Munich. The renowned precious metals dealer Pro Aurum, in cooperation with the Austrian Mint AG, is showing the gold tree, […]

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Monnaie de Paris Commemorates Surrealist Guillaume Apollinaire on New Gold, Silver Proof Coins

Guillaume Apollinaire Born the 26th of August, 1880, Guillaume Apollinaire (originally named Guglielmo de Kostrowitzky) was a french poet and writer considered one of the greatest one of the 20th century. Very active politically, Apollinaire took part of the literary and aesthetic revolutions. A defender of Modern Art, he was a pioneer of Surrealism, which […]

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Royal Dutch Mint Wraps up 2018 With New Silver, Gold Coins

By Coin & Currency Institute ……   The Royal Dutch Mint is closing 2018 with an array of coin issues that span the history of the Netherlands from the 16th century to date, and from Europe to the Americas. Wageningen University, in Gelderland, was established 100 years ago. It is ranked as the best university […]

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World Coins – Switzerland 2019 Shooting Taler Continues Long Tradition

By Coin & Currency Institute ……   Switzerland’s annual shooting taler is now available for pre-order in advance of its mid-to-late January release date. The Swiss tradition of marksmanship was established during the old Swiss Confederacy in the 15th century when festival participants used crossbows in shooting contests. The legend of William Tell recalls this […]

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World Coin News – Silver Proof Commemorative Marks 100 Years Since Irish Women Got the Vote

By Central Bank of Ireland ……   €15 silver proof coin marks 100 years since Irish women won the right to vote Coin presented by Deputy Governor Sharon Donnery to the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD, and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Vótáil 100 Committee, Senator Ivana Bacik Limited to 3,000 pieces it is the […]

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Striking Begins for New 10 Euro Polymer Ring Coin

By Schuler AG …… In addition to the five-euro coins with a polymer ring, machines from the Schuler Group will now also be used to produce similar 10-euro coins. Wednesday, November 11 marked the start of production for a new 10 euro collector’s coin featuring a colorless polymer ring at the Karlsruhe mint of the […]

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New Large Format Silver Coin From Hungarian Mint

By Coin & Currency Institute …… King Matthias I (Matthias Corvinus, originally Mátyás Hunyadi) was Hungary’s first elected king and one of the most popular historical figures in the country’s history. The year 2018 is a double anniversary – of the 560th anniversary of his coronation, and the 575th anniversary of his birth, and it […]

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Swiss Mint: New Commemorative Coins Swiss Army Knife, Christmas 2018

By The Federal Mint Swissmint …. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of cutlery pioneer Karl Elsener, the Swiss Federal Mint Swissmint has launched the “Swiss Army Knife” commemorative silver coin. With this new coin–as well as the 2018 Christmas coin set–the Swissmint has settled this year’s numismatic program. In the […]

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Women of France: George Sand 2018 Gold, Silver Proof Coins From Monnaie de Paris

Series Inspiration In 2016, Monnaie de Paris launched a new series that pays tribute to French History through the women who have had an influence on various areas culture, such as politics and art. This series uses the same historical strike that was used in the From Clovis to the Republic series and goes even […]

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Art of Italy Celebrated on Latest Gold, Silver Coins From Italian Mint

The Cathedral Basilica of Trani and the works of artist Artemisia Gentileschi are the stars of new coins from the Italian Mint By the Italian Mint …… Cathedral Basilica of Trani It is defined as the sentinel of one of the most characteristic cities of Puglia: the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta of Trani. […]

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World Coin Profiles – France 2018 Simone Veil 2 Euro Bimetallic Commemorative Coin

Overview: Simone Veil was born to a non-practicing Jewish family on July 13, 1927, in the city of Nice on the Mediterranean coast. During the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, she and her family were arrested by German authorities. Simone, her mother and one sister were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. They were later […]

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Antique Bronze Coin From Hungary Honors Heritage Site- Fiumei Road Cemetery

Hungarian National Heritage Coin in Antique Bronze: Fiumei Road Cemetery By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Hungarian Mint, in partnership with the Hungarian National Heritage Institute, began a series of legal tender commemorative coins presenting national memorials in 2014, with a new coin added every year (2014: Somogyvár-Kupavár, 2015: Mohács, 2016: New Public Cemetery […]

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Third Coin in Gibraltar Primates Series Features Red Colobus Monkey

Third 50 pence of a four-coin set featuring Primates Coins produced in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish and in color to bring the Primates to life Low mintage of 7,500 Special magnetic collector’s album to hold all four coins available separately The Rock of Gibraltar is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the peninsulas that flank […]

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World Coins – New Commemoratives From Poland, Romania, Spain

100th Anniversary of Polish Independence By Mint of Poland …… The 5 zloty commemorative coin issued by the Mint of Poland is but one element of the national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence. The National Bank of Poland and the Mint have issued this unique 5-zloty in a symbolic circulation of 38,424,000 […]

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World Coins – New Commemoratives From Poland, Romania, Spain

100th Anniversary of Polish Independence By Mint of Poland ……   The 5 zloty commemorative coin issued by the Mint of Poland is but one element of the national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence. The National Bank of Poland and the Mint have issued this unique 5-zloty in a symbolic circulation of […]

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World Coin News – Lithuania, Romania, Norway to Issue New Commemoratives

CoinWeek World Coin News Sesquicentenary of Gustav Vigeland By Bank of Norway (Norges Bank) …… In 2019, the City of Oslo and the Vigeland Museum will jointly commemorate the sesquicentenary of the birth of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. To mark the occasion, Norges Bank has decided to issue a special edition 20-krone circulation world coin. […]

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World Coin News – Netherlands Commemorates 100th Birthday of “The Flying Housewife”

Fanny Blankers-Koen known as The Flying Housewife at the time, Won Four Gold Medals at 1948 London Olympics By Coin & Currency Institute …… Fanny Blankers-Koen, who arrived at the 1948 London Olympic Games as a 30-year-old mother of two from Utrecht, the Netherlands was, the International Olympic Committee says, “unlike anyone the Olympics had […]

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World Coin News – Netherlands Commemorates 100th Birthday of “The Flying Housewife”

Fanny Blankers-Koen known as The Flying Housewife at the time, Won Four Gold Medals at 1948 London Olympics By Coin & Currency Institute ……   Fanny Blankers-Koen, who arrived at the 1948 London Olympic Games as a 30-year-old mother of two from Utrecht, the Netherlands was, the International Olympic Committee says, “unlike anyone the Olympics […]

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When Oxford Was the Capital of England: Gold Triple Unite of Charles I

For a few years during the English Civil War, Oxford acted as royal capitol. This article presents an extremely fine “triple unite” of Charles I from this period in time, which will be put to auction in the upcoming Künker auction on June 21, 2018. The situation was too tempting: Germany was already in the […]

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Hungary Issues Massive Silver Commemorative Coin for National Anthem

    By Coin & Currency Institute …… In honor of the 175th anniversary of Hungary’s second national anthem, The Szózat (in English: Appeal or Summons), Hungary issued a large-size, silver commemorative coin on the May 10 anniversary of its premiere. The sterling silver (.925 fine) 20,000 forint coin measures 52.5 millimeters across (2.05 inches) […]

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World Coin News – Central Bank of Malta Commemorates 10 Years of Euro

  On 9 May 2018, the Central Bank of Malta issued a numismatic coin to commemorate 10 years since adopting the euro. The coin, which will be struck in cupro-nickel, has a face value of €5 and is only legal tender in Malta. It has a weight of 15.50g and a diameter of 33mm. The […]

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Second in Series of Gibraltar 50p Primate Coins Features Chimpanzee

Second 50 pence of a four-coin set featuring Primates Coins produced in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish and in color to bring the Primates to life Low mintage of 7,500 Special magnetic collector’s album to hold all four coins will be available separately! The Rock of Gibraltar is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the peninsulas […]

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World Coin News – Silver Commemorative Celebrates 900th Anniv. Consecration of the Cathedral of Pisa

Coin Commemorates the Home of the Famous Leaning Tower of Pisa By the Italian Mint …… On May 4, a silver coin with a face value of 5 euros was issued by the Italian Mint to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the medieval Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta of Pisa. The Cathedral, with its Baptistery […]

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Austrian Mint 2018 Anthropocene 25 Euro Silver Niobium Coin

Description: Are we living in a new geological age? The Austrian Mint’s 2018 silver-niobium coin illustrates what activities of modern man have brought about major changes in the Earth’s system. Our footprint on Earth has become wide and deep… will we manage to be gentler in the future? Global Change Are we no longer in […]

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Royal Mint Celebrates Wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle

On May 1, The Royal Mint revealed the new coin design that will commemorate the next momentous occasion for the royal family: the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taking place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on 19th May 2018. Available on The Royal Mint website, the design has been […]

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Stack’s Bowers Auctions – Iconic “Una and the Lion” Proof Set

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …… This inaugural preview for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2018 ANA Auction features one of the most recognizable English coins. Rightly considered among the most spectacular English coin designs, the Una and the Lion Pattern 5 Pound by itself would warrant a feature here. This […]

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World Coin News – Irish Myth Retold Through Ireland’s 2018 Mint Set

By Central Bank of Ireland…. On April 30, the Central Bank of Ireland (Banc Ceannais na hÉireann) issued the 2018 Annual Mint Set, which pays tribute to Ireland’s ancient Celtic myths and legends. The Annual Mint Set is now available to order at a price of €29 per set. The 2018 Annual Mint set commemorates […]

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New Swiss Commemorative Coins Honor William Tell and Steamship La Suisse

By The Federal Mint Swissmint …… William Tell 50 Franc Gold Coin On April 26, 2018, the Swiss Federal Mint Swissmint launched two new special coins for collectors and lovers. The gold coin “Wilhelm Tell” is dedicated to the most famous Swiss, while the Mint continues its three-part “Swiss steamships” series, launched in 2017, with […]

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2018 Austrian Mint Colorful Creatures – The Shark 3 Euro Glow-in-the-Dark Coin

Description: The launch of the Austrian Mint Colorful Creatures series of three-euro glow-in-the-dark collector coins in October 2016 and will release a new coin about every three months until July of 2019. Austrian Mint Colorful Creatures is the first series of three-euro coins produced by the Austrian Mint; they are legal tender only in Austria but as collector […]

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World Coin Profile: France 2018 Marianne – Equality 1,000 Euro Gold Coin

Description: Marianne is the national symbol of the Republic of France, the personification of both Liberty and Reason. Born of the 18th-century philosophical movement known as the Enlightenment, she has stood for Democracy at its best and (sometimes) its worst. Her first appearance was on a 1789 medal honoring the storming of the Bastille, a […]

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New Series of Gibraltar 50p Coins Feature Only Wild Monkeys in Europe

First 50 pence of a four-coin set featuring primates Coins produced in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish and in color to bring the primates to life Low mintage of 7,500 Special magnetic collector’s album to hold all four coins will be available separately The Rock of Gibraltar is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the peninsulas […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Terrible Ninth Century

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT MEDIEVALISTS would be hard pressed to name one thing that happened between the years 800 and 900. For many Europeans during that terrible century, it was the worst of times. Viking raiders descended from the north, Arab marauders attacked from the south, and kingdoms […]

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Austria 2017 Colorful Creatures: The Kingfisher 3 Euro Glow-in-the-Dark Coin

Description: The Austrian Mint launched the Colorful Creatures series of three-euro glow-in-the-dark collector coins in October 2016 and will release a new coin about every three months until July of 2019. Colorful Creatures is the first series of three-euro coins produced by the Austrian Mint; they are legal tender only in Austria but as collector […]

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Austria 2018 Colorful Creatures: The Parrot 3 Euro Glow-in-the-Dark Coin

Description: The Austrian Mint launched the Colorful Creatures series of three-euro glow-in-the-dark collector coins in October 2016 and will release a new coin about every three months until July of 2019. Colorful Creatures is the first series of three-euro coins produced by the Austrian Mint; they are legal tender only in Austria but as collector […]

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Modern World Coins – Hungary’s Only Gold Coin of 2018

By Coin & Currency Institute …. The Gold Florins of Medieval Hungary: King Albert of Habsburg (1437-1439) – Classic Hungarian Gold Coin Recreated on Modern Legal Tender World Coins: The only gold coin Hungary will issue in 2018 reaches back seven centuries, to the goldguldens (or florins) of King Albert, for its inspiration. Albert of […]

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Maria Theresa 20 Euro Silver Coin “Clemency and Faith” Coming April 25 from Austrian Mint

Empress Maria Theresa – The Series The third coin in the Austrian Mint’s Empress Maria Theresa series features the only ever female ruler of the Habsburg Empire wearing a widow’s veil. Maria Theresa donned the veil following the sudden death of her beloved husband, Francis I, in 1765. Like the other entries in this series, […]

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Austria 2017 Sigmund Freud 50 Euro Proof Gold Coin

The Austrian Mint started their three-coin series on the Vienna schools of psychotherapy with the pioneer: the inventor of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. He was the first to freely associate his patients and interpret their dreams. His findings meant a spiritual revolution to the teaching of man. On the Couch Born Schlomo Sigismund Freud on 6 […]

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Italy Commemorates Ministry of Health on 2018 Bimetallic 2 Euro Coin

By the Italian Mint …… The Italian State Mint has issued a bimetallic 2 euro coin to commemorate 60 years of the Italian Ministry of Health. The issue is based on a silver medal made last year by the Mint and delivered by Mint CEO Paolo Aiello to the Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin. Based […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Contemporary Counterfeit Coins From the Reign of Queen Isabel II

By Patrick O’Connor – Aurora Raritires LLC …… During a recent discussion, the subject of counterfeit coins arose – specifically, the odd circumstance whereby prices for certain counterfeit coins have occasionally exceeded the prices for genuine examples. As the subject of fake coins has been a growing concern among collectors, this seemed an ideal opportunity […]

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Austria 2018 Raphael – The Healing Angel 10 Euro Silver Coin

The third coin of in the Austrian Mint’s “Heavenly Messengers” series is dedicated to Raphael, the prototype of a guardian angel. The story of Tobias and the Angel, probably written around 200 BCE, is one of the late writings of the Old Testament. Tobias and the Angel “Tobias went in search of a companion and […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for March 2, 2018: Elon Musk Cryptoking? Gold Underfoot…

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for March 2, 2018 Current Events 1.) New Jim Thorpe one-dollar coins selling out fast The people of Jim Thorpe were lining up to get the newest coin from the US Mint. The Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank has already sold out of a 3,000-coin shipment it received […]

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APMEX – Second Gold & Silver Czech Lion Bullion Coins Now Available

First Ever Czech Lion Bullion Coins from the Czech Mint APMEX, Inc., a leading online Precious Metals retailer based in Oklahoma City, is pleased to announce the newest releases from the Czech Mint celebrating timeless icons of the central European country. In 2017, the Czech Mint introduced their first-ever bullion coin, showcasing the famous Czech lion […]

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Austria 2017 Gabriel – The Annunciation Angel 10 Euro Silver Coin

The second coin in the Austrian Mint’s Heavenly Messenger series is all about Gabriel : a powerful being that awes people and brings good news. This wonderful coin may serve you as a talisman, to help you make the right decisions and find surprising solutions: you will be amazed at what you might achieve. Happy Messages […]

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World Coin News: The Royal Mint Reveals the A to Z of Britain Coin Hunt

New 10p coin designs unveiled to celebrate what makes Britain great, appearing in change from March 2018 Themes follow the alphabet from Angel of the North to Zebra Crossing Track your coins with the Great British Coin Hunt app The Royal Mint has revealed a brand-new collection of 10p coins that mark an exciting departure […]

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Italian Mint Issues Next €10 Europa Star Coin, Roman Emperor Commemorative Silver Coins

By the Italian Mint ……   On February 22 the Italian Mint issued two more coins from the mint’s Numismatica 2018 collection were issued to celebrate two important historical-artistic themes: the Baroque cultural and artistic movement born in Rome around the third decade of the 17th century, and Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus, otherwise known as Trajan and […]

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Sapphire Coronation from the Pobjoy Mint – The Lion & Unicorn

Available in Proof 1/25oz Fine 999. Gold Featuring a striking image of a Lion & Unicorn Limited to 750 Gold and 2,000 Silver coins worldwide Exclusive Pobjoy Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II The Coin This striking reverse features the Lion and the Unicorn, which signify the United Kingdom and the Royal Family. As Prince […]

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A Most Innovative Coin: The German Polymer Ring Climate Zone Series

By Gu Jun (Shanghai), for the Journal of East Asian Numismatics …… On December 8, 2017, in Karlsruhe, Germany, it was raining outside with the foulest chill in the air. But at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Mint, strong glowing warmth permeated everywhere. Guests from banks, mints, and mint equipment suppliers gathered together to witness the birth of […]

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World Coin News – 2 Euro Latvian Coin Commemorates Centenary of Baltic States

By Bank of Latvia …… On Wednesday, 31 January 2018, the Bank of Latvia launched a 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to the centenary of the Baltic States. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Latvian and Estonian states and the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Lithuanian statehood, the central banks of Latvia, […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for Feb. 2, 2018:

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for February 2, 2018 Brain Food 1.) When paper money was as risky as bitcoin The first paper money notes in these parts were issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1690. That caught the attention of London. In 1740, when the Massachusetts Land Bank wanted to […]

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Russia Commemorates Subversive Folk Singer Vladimir Vysotsky on New Silver Commemorative Coin

By Bank of Russia …… On January 23, 2018, the Bank of Russia issued a commemorative silver coin worth 25 rubles entitled the “Creativity of Vladimir Vysotsky”. The coin consists of 155.5 grams of 92.5% pure silver, with a diameter of 60.0 mm (catalog No. 5115-0141). From the front and back sides of the coin […]

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Modern World Coins – New Swiss Commemoratives in Alpine Flower, Passes Series

By The Federal Mint Swissmint ……   On January 25, 2018, the Federal Mint Swissmint launches two new commemorative coins for collectors and lovers. The bimetallic Silver Thistle coin concludes the three-part series “Flora Alpina”. At the same time, Klausenpass launches a new series of silver commemorative coins on Swiss Alpine passes. Silver Thistle The […]

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Modern Coins – Italian Mint Commemorates World Cup Soccer, Constitution’s 70th Anniversary

By the Italian Mint …… The 70th Anniversary of the Italian Constitution and the final phase of the “FIFA World Cup Russia 2018” 21st world championships are the themes that characterize the first numismatic issues of the Italian State Mint. The two commemorative coins (featuring face values of 5 and 2 euros) dedicated to the […]

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World Coin Rarities Auctioned at NYINC in New York

News & Analysis – World Coin Rarities, markets, & collecting #401 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. From Monday, January 8 to Sunday, January 14, there were a large number of auction sessions for ancient and world coins at the Grand Hyatt Hotel adjacent to Grand Central Station in New York City. CNG, Goldbergs and […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 29, 2017: Fake $100s, What is Crypto, Trump Challenge Coin

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 29, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The economics of the Bitcoin payment system Unlike other payment systems, Bitcoin is a two-sided platform with pre-specified rules. Its two main constituencies are the users who hold balances and engage in electronic transactions, and miners who maintain the system’s infrastructure. A […]

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Austrian Mint 2018 New Year’s Coin Features Power of the Lion

Happy New Year! This is the motto of this year’s 5-Euro New Year coin 2018 “Löwenkraft“, which shows a magnificent lion. The gift of new year coins made of silver and copper as a lucky charm for the coming year will continue with this 5-euro coin in a beautiful tradition. Traditionally, at the turn of […]

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Austria 2017 Colorful Creatures: The Wolf 3 Euro Glow-in-the-Dark Coin

Description: The Austrian Mint launched the Colorful Creatures series of three-euro glow-in-the-dark collector coins in October 2016 and will release a new coin about every three months until July of 2019. Colorful Creatures is the first series of three-euro coins produced by the Mint; they are legal tender only in Austria but as collector coins […]

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Latest Noah’s Ark Silver Bullion Coin Available from APMEX

APMEX, Inc., the nation’s largest Precious Metals retailer, is pleased to carry a variety of 2018 Noah’s Ark Silver coin, providing a wide range of shopping opportunities. The Central Bank of Armenia introduced the Noah’s Ark series in 2011 as their first investment-grade bullion coin. Featuring truly inspirational images, these .999 fine Silver coins have […]

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Introducing The Royal Mint Bullion Sovereign Coins for 2018

By The Royal Mint …… Following a significant year celebrating the 200-year anniversary of the sovereign’s design, The Royal Mint has launched its 2018 Bullion Sovereign coins – The Sovereign and The Half-Sovereign. The Sovereign is The Royal Mint’s 22 carat gold flagship coin of and has become an internationally recognized symbol of unrivaled accuracy, […]

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World Coin News – Bank of Malta Commemorates Women’s Right to Vote

By Central Bank of Malta …… On December 1, 2017 the Central Bank of Malta issued a silver coin to mark the 70th anniversary of the coming into force of the 1947 constitution, which enshrined the principle of universal suffrage to all persons over 21 years of age. This was the first time that Maltese […]

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World Coin News – Bank of Malta Commemorative Coin Women’s Right to Vote

By Central Bank of Malta …… On December 1, 2017 the Central Bank of Malta issued a silver coin to mark the 70th anniversary of the coming into force of the 1947 constitution, which enshrined the principle of universal suffrage to all persons over 21 years of age. This was the first time that Maltese […]

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First Strike: Germany Mints 5 Euro Polymer Ring “Subtropical Climate Zone” Collector Coin

On 8 December 2017, Department of Finance Assistant Undersecretary Walter Leibold has struck the very first 5-euro collector coin “Subtropical Climate Zone”. He thus set the wheels in motion for the production of the second issue of the “Climate Zones of the Earth” coin series. All coins in the series are equipped with a polymer […]

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World Coins – Royal Mint Unleashes Latest Queen’s Beast: The Red Dragon of Wales

By The Royal Mint …… The Royal Mint is to unleash a range of commemorative coins celebrating the Red Dragon of Wales – one of 10 heraldic ‘Queen’s Beasts’ that can be seen cropping up through centuries of British Heraldry. Each beast has its own special story to tell and this collection from The Royal […]

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63 Kilos of Pure Gold: The First Christmas Tree from the Vienna Philharmonic Bullion Coin

A very special Christmas tree can now be admired in Tokyo. The resident precious metals dealer Ginza Tanaka shows a Christmas tree, which consists of 2017 golden Vienna Philharmonic coins. The approximately three-meter-high, unsalable tree thus has a total value of about 310 million yen or 2.3 million euros [A little over $2.7 million USD. […]

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World Coin News – Princeton Receives Bell Collection of Gold Ducats

By Alan Stahl – Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University Library ……   The Princeton University Library Numismatic Collection has just received by bequest the Benjamin R. Bell Collection of Ducats. Bell, who worked as a coin dealer and died at a young age earlier this year, was a collector and scholar of the medieval ducats […]

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English Gold Coins – Detectorist Finds Rare Richard III Half Angel Near Bosworth Field

By Dix Noonan Webb …… A rare gold coin dating from the brief reign of Richard III has been found by a metal detectorist just a few miles from Bosworth Field where the king famously met his death in combat in 1485. It is possible that the Half Angel, discovered by Michelle Vall from Blackpool […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Offer Venetian 40 Zecchini in Jan. 2018 NYINC Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ official auction at the January New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) will mark an exciting inauguration of the firm’s 2018 auction season, attracting collectors from around the globe to bid on rarities including ancient and world coins and paper money. Among the most impressive highlights is a glorious Venetian 40 Zecchini from […]

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Pre-Sale of 2018 Austrian Philharmonic Bullion Coins Now at APMEX

APMEX, Inc., a leading online Precious Metals retailer based in Oklahoma City, is thrilled to announce they have all 2018 Austrian Philharmonic coins available for pre-sale. The Philharmonic coins, available in Gold, Silver and Platinum, are recognized around the world for their iconic imagery that depicts the Vienna Philharmonic, perhaps the most-renowned orchestra in the […]

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World Coins – Royal Mint Commemorates Engagement of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

By The Royal Mint …… On 27 November 2017, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle announced their engagement, delighting well-wishers around the world. The Royal Mint is to mark the announcement of this, the next Windsor wedding, with a keepsake to mark the occasion, The House of Windsor 2017 UK […]

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