Category Archives: Proof Coins

How to Best Collect Proof Coins

Is it better to collect 1936 to 1942 proof coins by the set or by the individual coin?
At one time, the proof set of 1936 to 1942 was the way to go, but today due to the hairsplitting grades assigned by third-party certification services, it would be challenging to find one of these sets intact as it was issued. Trying to match the coins in a set of any of these dates both grade-wise and with matching tone is challenging, but this is what collectors appear to favor.
 
Are proof sets for 1957 to 1963 still readily available, or have most of them been broken out to grade the coins individually?
There are still a significant number of original sets from the time period of 1957 to 1963 still available; however, if someone suspects even a single coin from such a set may grade significantly higher than the others, or if an individual coin appears to have frosted highlights, you can anticipate that set will be broken

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Proof Trade Dollars: Why Were They Made After Circulation Strikes Ended?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Trade Dollars of 1873-1885 represent one of the more curious areas of American numismatics. Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1873, the Trade Dollar was struck for the purpose of facilitating export transactions with China and was expressly created to compete against the silver Mexican Peso, a large, […]

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Greece: New gold Proof coin to be issued as part of “Greek Mythology” series features the Olympian God Hermes

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The Bank of Greece has launched (21st September) new gold Proof quality collector coins as part of their current “Greek Mythology” series highlighting on some of the most well-known stories: The Gods and Goddesses, in tales which are almost 4,000 years old and have stood the test of time

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St. Helena — East India Company: The stately peacock, the national bird of India, features on second gold and silver coins in Treasures of India collection

The government and treasury of St. Helena, in partnership with the East India Company, have released (23rd September) their latest gold and silver coins struck in Brilliant Uncirculated quality, which is part of the series entitled “Treasures of India

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St. Helena — East India Company: The stately peacock, the national bird of India, features on second gold and silver coins in Treasures of India collection

The government and treasury of St. Helena, in partnership with the East India Company, have released (23rd September) their latest gold and silver coins struck in Brilliant Uncirculated quality, which is part of the series entitled “Treasures of India

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Greece: New gold Proof coin to be issued as part of “Greek Mythology” series features the Olympian God Hermes

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The Bank of Greece has launched (21st September) new gold Proof quality collector coins as part of their current “Greek Mythology” series highlighting on some of the most well-known stories: The Gods and Goddesses, in tales which are almost 4,000 years old and have stood the test of time

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Australia: Seven Sisters constellation features on latest coin in “Star Dreaming” series

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The Royal Australian Mint has released (3rd September) their latest silver Proof coins in the series entitled “Star Dreaming” launched in May of this year and which highlights some of the more memorable stories in Aboriginal folklore about the constellations seen in the Southern Hemisphere

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – 1970-S Proof Washington Quarter Struck on Silver Barber Quarter

1970-S Proof Washington Quarter Struck on a Silver Barber Quarter NGC PF 65 One of Two Known   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Proof coins are struck by technicians who hand feed the blanks into special presses. They are produced, examined, and packaged using extreme quality control. It is very unusual to […]

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Netherlands: Third silver ducat in “Castles” series features historic Hoensbroek Castle

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The Royal Dutch Mint has released (27th August) the third silver proof Ducat which is part of their new series entitled “Historic Castles” that combines the traditional depiction of the Anonymous Knight and representations of the 12 Dutch provinces by including images of famous Dutch historic castles located in various towns and villages

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Netherlands: Third silver ducat in “Castles” series features historic Hoensbroek Castle

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The Royal Dutch Mint has released (27th August) the third silver proof Ducat which is part of their new series entitled “Historic Castles” that combines the traditional depiction of the Anonymous Knight and representations of the 12 Dutch provinces by including images of famous Dutch historic castles located in various towns and villages

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Canada: Large silver coin celebrates 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Northwest Territories

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new large-size silver coins which are in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s Northwest Territories, one of the largest regions of land in North America. At 1,144,000 square kilometres (442,000 square miles), it represents 34 percent of Canada’s landmass

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1973-S Kennedy Half Dollar Overstruck on 1973-S Washington Quarter

Only Known Proof U.S. Kennedy Half Dollar Struck on Any U.S. Coin Double Denomination NGC PF 67 Cameo UNIQUE DISCOVERY COIN   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This newly discovered and certified Proof Kennedy Half Dollar on a struck Washington Quarter is the only known Kennedy Half Double Denomination on any Proof […]

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Norway: 20-kronor commemorative coins issued for the 100th anniversary of birth of author Anne-Cath Vestly

The Norges Bank has issued 20-kronor (USD 2.20) commemorative circulation quality coins to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the eminent author Anne-Cath Vestly, who was born on the 15th February 1920

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Canada: Large silver coin celebrates 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Northwest Territories

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new large-size silver coins which are in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s Northwest Territories, one of the largest regions of land in North America. At 1,144,000 square kilometres (442,000 square miles), it represents 34 percent of Canada’s landmass

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Norway: 20-kronor commemorative coins issued for the 100th anniversary of birth of author Anne-Cath Vestly

The Norges Bank has issued 20-kronor (USD 2.20) commemorative circulation quality coins to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the eminent author Anne-Cath Vestly, who was born on the 15th February 1920

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Classic Commemorative Coins: Possibly Unique Matte Proof 1937 Boone Half Dollar

The Heritage August 3 – 9 US Coins Signature Auction features a Matte Proof 1937 Boone half dollar. This Philadelphia commemorative half dollar derives from the only Matte Proof set authenticated of the Daniel Boone type, and may well be unique. The production of these matte proofs was not recorded by the Mint, and their […]

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Ukraine: Now-postponed Tokyo Olympic Games theme for new silver Proof crown coins

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The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (22nd July) new silver collector coins which are in recognition of Ukraine’s National Olympic Team, who would have been competing alongside top-class world athletes this month

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United Arab Emirates: New silver Proof coin celebrates now-postponed Expo 2020 hosted in Dubai

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The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has released new silver Proof quality coins on the occasion of the Emirate hosting Expo 2020 in their capital city of Dubai

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United Arab Emirates: New silver Proof coin celebrates now-postponed Expo 2020 hosted in Dubai

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The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has released new silver Proof quality coins on the occasion of the Emirate hosting Expo 2020 in their capital city of Dubai

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Andorra: New €2 commemorative coins announced in recognition of XXVII Ibero-American conference

The Servei Emissions Andorra has unveiled the design for their 2020-dated €2 commemorative coins in recognition of the upcoming Ibero-American Summit, which is scheduled to take place in November. The Principality of Andorra, the newest and smallest member of the Ibero-American Conference which became a full member in 2004, also assumed the current chairmanship of the conference in November 2018, will, in this capacity, host the XXVII Conference of Heads of State and Governments

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Andorra: New €2 commemorative coins announced in recognition of XXVII Ibero-American conference

The Servei Emissions Andorra has unveiled the design for their 2020-dated €2 commemorative coins in recognition of the upcoming Ibero-American Summit, which is scheduled to take place in November. The Principality of Andorra, the newest and smallest member of the Ibero-American Conference which became a full member in 2004, also assumed the current chairmanship of the conference in November 2018, will, in this capacity, host the XXVII Conference of Heads of State and Governments

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Ascension: Silver crown coin remembers 50th anniversary of historic Apollo XIII mission

The government and treasury of Ascension have released (20th May) new silver Proof collector’s coins which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the heroic Apollo XIII mission. This was the seventh crewed mission in the American Apollo space programme and the third which was meant to land on the moon

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Ascension: Silver crown coin remembers 50th anniversary of historic Apollo XIII mission

The government and treasury of Ascension have released (20th May) new silver Proof collector’s coins which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the heroic Apollo XIII mission. This was the seventh crewed mission in the American Apollo space programme and the third which was meant to land on the moon

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Australia: New Proof silver and colour coin captures Aboriginal Emu in the Sky constellation

The Royal Australian Mint has released new silver Proof coins with a captivating design that blends luminous colour with Aboriginal art to depict the story of the Emu in the Sky constellation, which also introduces a new collector coin series entitled “Star Dreaming.”
It can be said that Indigenous Australians were the first astronomers who have been using the stars as navigation maps, calendars, and to tell stories for tens of thousands of years

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Australia: New Proof silver and colour coin captures Aboriginal Emu in the Sky constellation

The Royal Australian Mint has released new silver Proof coins with a captivating design that blends luminous colour with Aboriginal art to depict the story of the Emu in the Sky constellation, which also introduces a new collector coin series entitled “Star Dreaming.”
It can be said that Indigenous Australians were the first astronomers who have been using the stars as navigation maps, calendars, and to tell stories for tens of thousands of years

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NGC Attributing Tomaska Die Varieties for Franklin, Kennedy Half Dollars

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is now attributing Proof Franklin half dollars and Proof Kennedy half dollars according to the die varieties cataloged by Rick Tomaska in Cameo and Brilliant Proof Coinage of the 1950 to 1970 Era. Submitters can request the attribution for applicable coins through NGC’s VarietyPlus® service. Tomaska, a renowned numismatic researcher and […]

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Austria: Third stopover in the “Reaching for the Sky” series, new silver coin features Airbus 380

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The Mint of Austria has released (13th May) the third coin in their ongoing and very popular coin series entitled “Reaching for the Skies,” that focuses on various aeroplanes and their contributions to world aviation history

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Canada: Royal splendour, Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara features on new silver crafted coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has released silver crafted coins that recreate a particular piece of jewellery which is one of the Queen’s most personally admired and recognised. The Aquamarine Tiara has been a part of Queen Elizabeth II’s own collection since her coronation in 1953

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Canada: New “ice-edged” pure silver coin remembers the 175th anniversary of Franklin’s lost expedition

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The Royal Canadian Mint has released new silver Proof mega-coins featuring an “ice edge” rim which brings attention to Franklin’s lost expedition, one of history’s great mysteries which is, however, getting closer to being solved

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Bulgaria: New silver crown coins celebrate unique Kukeri Festival

The Bulgarian National Bank has issued new silver Proof collector coins entitled “Bulgarian Traditions and Loves,” which feature a most unusual national custom, kukeri. Uniquely Bulgarian by custom and practice, it is believed that today’s Bulgarian masked good-spirited play-acting has its origins to the pre-nuptial rites practised by the ancient Thracians

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Belgium: Centenary anniversary of Antwerp’s Olympic Games remembered on new collector coins

The National Bank of Belgium has issued new collector coins which commemorate the country’s first and only time they hosted the Olympiad. Being the first Olympic Games held since the conclusion of the Great War, the Belgian city of Antwerp was chosen to offer some compensation after the misery the whole of the country had suffered during the especially fierce and deadly battles

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Belgium: City of Bruges celebrates 20 years as UNESCO World Heritage Site with new silver Proof coin

The National Bank of Belgium has issued (26th February) new silver collector coins in celebration of the City of Bruges, having been named a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site 20 years ago. The designation as a World Heritage Site as an international landmark is part of the United Nations recognition of having cultural, historical, scientific, or other forms of significance, which is legally protected by international treaties

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Finland: Gold coin issued in celebration of centenary anniversary of the University of Turku

The Finnish Ministry of Finance has authorised the issue (28th February) of new collector coins produced in gold to mark the centenary anniversary of the University of Turku, one of the country’s premier institutions of higher learning.
Established in 1920 and located in the city of Turku, the University of Turku, is, by student enrolment, the third-largest

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – 1973-S Proof Clad Ike Dollar Double Struck on 50¢ Planchet

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is one of the most spectacular Proof Ike dollar mint errors of all time. Not only is it a spectacular double struck, but it is also struck on a clad half dollar planchet. There are two Proof Ike dollars known that were double struck on clad […]

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Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week: Gem Proof 1870 Two Cent Piece

Just One Certified Finer   1870 Two Cent Piece. Proof-66+ RD (PCGS). CAC. This is an enchanting specimen, the surfaces awash in vivid rose-orange color with subtle olive undertones evident at isolated viewing angles. The design elements are fully struck and rise boldly above shimmering reflectivity in the fields. Expertly preserved and visually appealing, this […]

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Is the US Mint Setting Coin Collectors Up for a Silver Eagle Rarity in 2020?

By Bullion Shark LLC …… For the last three years, the United States Mint has decided to do something strange. They decided to release the Proof American Silver Eagle and the Bullion Strike Silver Eagle almost simultaneously. In 2018, the release date was January 4, in 2019 it was January 10, and in 2020 it […]

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United States Mint Releases First Three Numismatic Products of 2020

By CoinWeek …..   On January 3 at noon ET, the United States Mint opened its 2020 numismatic product offerings with the release of three gift sets: Birth Set 2020, Happy Birthday Coin Set 2020, and Happy Birthday Currency Set 2020. The Birth Set 2020 is a unique gift idea to commemorate a birth in […]

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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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1914 Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin in Proof 67 at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. As part of GreatCollections.com’s weekly online coin auction, bidding ends Sunday (October 20) for this Proof 67 1914 Indian Head $2.50 quarter eagle gold coin. Along with the Indian Head $5 half eagle, the Indian Head quarter eagle’s distinctive incuse design, created by Boston sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt, was initially unpopular with […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Coin Selections: Rare Early Proof 1831 Quarter

1831 saw the planchet diameter of quarters reduced by about 10%, with the Capped Bust design modified by Chief Engraver William Kneass. Multiple varieties exist for this date, including four Small Letters varieties and three with Large Letters. The change in dimensions and design increased the likelihood of proofs being struck, and Walter Breen suggested […]

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Romania: New silver Proof coin issued in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Northern Transylvania

The Banca Nationala a’ Romaniei will release (14th October) new commemorative silver Proof coins which are in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the return of Northern Transylvania to Romania.
Northern Transylvania, a region previously part of the defeated Austro-Hungarian Empire, was awarded to the Kingdom of Romania after the Great War and by the 1920 Treaty of Versailles, though not formally ratified

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Greece: Latest Proof silver coin in “Greek Culture” series features ancient poet Alcaeus

The Bank of Greece will issue (17th September) their latest silver Proof-quality crown coin which is part of their ongoing series entitled “Greek Culture.” The coin focuses on poetry and one of the ancient world’s most well-known classical poets, Alcaeus of Mytilene (c

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Greece: Latest Proof silver coin in “Greek Culture” series features ancient poet Alcaeus

The Bank of Greece will issue (17th September) their latest silver Proof-quality crown coin which is part of their ongoing series entitled “Greek Culture.” The coin focuses on poetry and one of the ancient world’s most well-known classical poets, Alcaeus of Mytilene (c

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Belgium: Extraordinary works of Renaissance artist Breugel the Elder feature on latest Europa Star coins

The National Bank of Belgium has issued new silver Proof collector coins which are part of the Europa Star programme, a unique numismatic project that was first launched in 2004, bringing various European monetary institutions together around a common annual theme. Each of the coins in this series has the unique characteristic of being marked with a stylised “E” logo which resembles the euro insignia, along with a star

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Australia: Famed “kookaburra” square cents recreated on new silver Proof three-coin set

The Royal Australian Mint has released a new collector’s set of coins which recreates the designs seen on trial pattern coins proposed for issue 100 years ago. Inspired by the trial designs which might have been used as square-shaped penny coins, the pieces carried depictions of the kookaburra bird on the reverse

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Niue: The fabulous Miss Piggy makes her appearance on new silver Proof collector coins

The government and treasury of Niue have launched (6th August) new silver Proof and colour collector coins which feature one of the puppetry world’s most well-known and glamorous figures: The indomitable Miss Piggy.
She joins other familiar Muppets characters in the series, from Fozzie Bear to Kermit the Frog, and now it’s Miss Piggy’s turn to turn heads and “wow” her adoring public

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Niue: The fabulous Miss Piggy makes her appearance on new silver Proof collector coins

The government and treasury of Niue have launched (6th August) new silver Proof and colour collector coins which feature one of the puppetry world’s most well-known and glamorous figures: The indomitable Miss Piggy.
She joins other familiar Muppets characters in the series, from Fozzie Bear to Kermit the Frog, and now it’s Miss Piggy’s turn to turn heads and “wow” her adoring public

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Canada: New silver coin includes black light technology that reveals Northern Lights over Parliament Hill

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched (6th August) new silver Proof-quality coins which incorporate new technology that reveals a surprising addition to the coin’s reverse design: The Northern Lights show on Parliament Hill. With impressive technology, a total of 17 separate projectors work together to form a single image on the front façade of Centre Block, creating a high-definition visual and sound experience which turns Parliament Hill into a screen of over 143 meters (470 feet) long and 30 stories high

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US Proof Rarities Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2019 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present an impressive selection of United States Proof coinage as part of their official auction of the 2019 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money. Featured in the sale are complete sets of Proof Shield nickels and Proof Barber half dollars, as well as a nearly complete set […]

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Malaysia: New gold and silver collector coins issued for investiture of king

The Bank Negara Malaysia has officially presented (26th July) new collector coins which are in celebration of the investiture of the country’s new king, who ascended the throne on the 31st January. The Malaysian king, now known as His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, became the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the 30th January 2019

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Ukraine: Mega-sized silver Proof coin marks autonomy of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (22nd July) their latest large-size silver Proof coin to mark the ultimate process for the autonomy of the country’s Orthodox church, which was finalised on the 5th January 2019.
On the 11th October 2018, the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it would proceed to the granting of independence to the Church of Ukraine, making it independent from the Russian Orthodox Church

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Ukraine: Mega-sized silver Proof coin marks autonomy of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (22nd July) their latest large-size silver Proof coin to mark the ultimate process for the autonomy of the country’s Orthodox church, which was finalised on the 5th January 2019.
On the 11th October 2018, the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it would proceed to the granting of independence to the Church of Ukraine, making it independent from the Russian Orthodox Church

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Latvia: Eminent Modernist artist Niklāvs Strunke remembered on latest off-shaped silver coins

The Bank of Latvia has announced (7th July) they will issue new silver Proof collector coins of a specific shape dedicated to the creative heritage of Niklāvs Strunke (1894–1966). Strunke was a Latvian painter, graphic artist, and stage designer

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Latvia: Eminent Modernist artist Niklāvs Strunke remembered on latest off-shaped silver coins

The Bank of Latvia has announced (7th July) they will issue new silver Proof collector coins of a specific shape dedicated to the creative heritage of Niklāvs Strunke (1894–1966). Strunke was a Latvian painter, graphic artist, and stage designer

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Canada: New gold coin celebrates the 20th anniversary of the creation of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new gold coins which are dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Canadian territory of Nunavut — and with this addition — the map of Canada changed. Formed on the 1st April 1999, the former Northwest Territories (NWT) were divided in two — creating a new territory called Nunavut —which, in the Inuit language Inuktitut, the word “Nunavut” simply means “our land

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Canada: New gold coin celebrates the 20th anniversary of the creation of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new gold coins which are dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Canadian territory of Nunavut — and with this addition — the map of Canada changed. Formed on the 1st April 1999, the former Northwest Territories (NWT) were divided in two — creating a new territory called Nunavut —which, in the Inuit language Inuktitut, the word “Nunavut” simply means “our land

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St. Helena and East India Company: Silver crown coin version of popular “Empire Collection” celebrates the history of the EIC

The government and treasury of St. Helena, in association with the East India Company (EIC), have released a new silver version of their successful series entitled “The Empire Collection

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Finland: €100 gold coin marks the centenary of the first constitution

The Mint of Finland has announced the issue of new collector gold coins on the 17th June, which are in commemoration of the country’s first constitution that came into effect on the 17th July 1919. With Finland’s declaration of independence after the collapse of the Russian Empire and their change of structure from that of a grand duchy to a sovereign state, the question of a written constitution was given high priority

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Niue: Muppets character Fozzie Bear features on second silver Proof and colour coin in current series

The government and treasury of Niue have issued (27th May) new silver crown coins which are part of the current coin series featuring The Muppets characters. Launched earlier this year with the first coin featuring the world’s most famous frog, Kermit, the second coin features his best chum, Fozzie Bear

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Niue: New Proof and colour four-pointed, star-shaped coin remembers first royal visit to Canada

The government and treasury of Niue have issued new collector coins which remember the first-ever royal tour of Canada, which occurred 80 years ago and set the standard for such future royal visits. With the accession and coronation of HM King George VI in December 1936 and May 1937, respectively, increased interest in the royal couple by many Canadians resulted in an announced visit by their Majesties in 1939

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Malta: New silver coins remember centenary anniversary of the Sette Giugno Riots

The Central Bank of Malta has issued (4th June) new silver collector coins to mark an event in Maltese history remembered as an essential step to self-rule and eventual independence. The day is remembered on the 6th June, when, in 1919, four Maltese nationals died when fired upon by British soldiers

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Ascension: New crown marks 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, 1939-2019

The government and treasury of Ascension have issued (22nd May) new crown coins marking the 80th anniversary of the initial outbreak of fighting, which ignited a world conflict that would involve countries across the globe.
As Europe witnessed the rise of the Third Reich of Germany, many predicted that war was inevitable

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United Kingdom: Second £2 coins marking the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s discoveries now available in precious metal

The Royal Mint has launched (21st May) the precious metal versions of the second of three coins commemorating the 250th anniversary of the momentous voyage begun by Captain James Cook and the ultimate discovery of a vast continent at the bottom of the globe: Australia.
Captain James Cook grew up in the historic port of Whitby in North Yorkshire, England, until the age of 17

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Canada: New gold coin celebrates bicentenary anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new gold coins to mark the bicentenary anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, during whose reign the Confederation of the Canadian provinces took place to form the Dominion of Canada in 1867.
However, Queen Victoria’s ties to Canada span further back to her father, Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent (1767–1820), who was the first member of the royal family to live in North America for longer than a brief visit, from 1791 to 1800

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Spain: Historical coins used in Spain featured on super-sized silver one-kilo coin

The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre — Casa Real de la Moneda has launched (29th April) their second pure silver one-kilo coin which highlights various forms of money or coinage, which, at one time, circulated in Spain or the Americas. The first one-kilo collector’s coin was issued in 2017 and featured large size silver pieces prevalent in the Americas which inspired the development of the silver dollar

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Canada: Imaginative silver coin celebrates the 60th anniversary of the inauguration of the St. Lawrence Seaway

The Royal Canadian Mint has released (7th May) new collector silver coins which are in celebration of the 60th anniversary since the official opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, one of the world’s busiest waterways which enables the trade of heavy manufactured goods and energy to be transported by tanker

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CSNS Signature Auction Features Gem Proof Coins From William Rehwald Collection

As a part of our April 25-28 Central States Signature Auction, we are privileged to offer The William Rehwald Proof Set Collection, a large and essentially complete set of proofs dated 1859 to 1916 – nearly all in the PR64 grade – covering the copper, nickel, and silver denominations, and lacking only a few ultra-rare […]

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Romania: Centenary anniversary observed with new silver Proof coin honouring completion of the Great Union

The Banca National a’ Romaniei has issued (22nd April) new collector coins which mark the centenary anniversary of a chapter in Romanian history referred to as the “completion of the Great Union.” Following the conclusion of the fighting in Europe and the official end of the Great War in 1919, a “Great Union” was created

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Canada: Second coin issued in “Inner Nature” series features the Arctic fox

The Royal Canadian Mint has released the second coin in a new series entitled “Inner Nature” that focuses on various elements of the country’s breathtaking natural beauty, paying particular attention to wildlife, much of it indigenous to North America.
With the first coin in the series issued earlier this year, Canadian artist Caitlin Lindstrom-Milne created a captivating double image of a grizzly bear to demonstrate how variations of nature contribute to the bear’s environment and harmony

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GreatCollections to Auction 1895 Proof Morgan Dollar

Recently Graded, Last Traded in 1960 for $500; Expected to Realize $150,000+   On Sunday, April 7, GreatCollections will be auctioning a recently re-discovered 1895 Proof Morgan Dollar, which last traded in 1960 for just $500. The coin has been in one family for almost 60 years and was graded Proof-67+ CAMEO by PCGS at […]

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St. Helena and East India Company: Bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s birth marked with first gold Proof sovereign coin series

The East India Company Bullion Ltd, in partnership with the treasury of St. Helena, has released their first-ever sovereign-denominated gold Proof coins to coincide with the international celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria

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Niue launches series that features Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves on new silver crown coins

The government and treasury of Niue have issued (29th March) new silver crown coins which launch a new and exciting series that focuses on the Arabian Nights tales. In 1885, author Richard Francis Burton published translations of One Thousand and One Nights, the text’s original name

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Niue launches new series that features Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves on new silver crown coins

The government and treasury of Niue have issued (29th March) new silver crown coins which launch a new and exciting series that focuses on the Arabian Nights tales. In 1885, author Richard Francis Burton published translations of One Thousand and One Nights, the text’s original name

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Germany: Vintage design and art features on new silver coin celebrating 100th anniversary of the founding of Bauhaus

The Verkaufsstelle für Sammlermünzen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (VfS), the official sales department of the German Federal Ministry of Finance, has released (14th March) new silver commemorative coins which highlight the centenary anniversary of the Bauhaus (meaning ”building house” or “school of building).
Founded by Walter Gropius on the 1st April 1919, the word “Bauhaus” became a by-word for a particular style and approach to design and later architecture

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Germany: Vintage design and art features with new silver coin celebrating 100th anniversary of founding of Bauhaus

The Verkaufsstelle für Sammlermünzen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (VfS), the official sales department of the German Federal Ministry of Finance, has released (14th March) new silver commemorative coins which highlight the centenary anniversary of the Bauhaus (meaning ”building house” or “school of building).
Founded by Walter Gropius on the 1st April 1919, the word “Bauhaus” became a by-word for a particular style and approach to design and later architecture

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British Indian Ocean Territory: New silver double crown coin depicts warrior training a dragon

The government and treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have issued (22nd March) new double crown silver Proof coins which feature a particular topic that has become popular with television and movie-going audiences: The dragon.
The popularity of dragons has increased dramatically over recent years, with appearances in books, songs, and movies such as Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, and the popular children’s film How to Train Your Dragon

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United Kingdom: Famed physicist Stephen Hawking and his groundbreaking achievements celebrated on new 50-pence coin

The Royal Mint has released (12th March) new commemorative coins which are in remembrance of the late physicist Stephen Hawking, internationally renowned for his pioneering work on black holes. This work, which used a tentative unification of Einstein’s theory of general relativity with quantum mechanics, reported that black holes should not be completely black and instead emit radiation, meaning they evaporate and eventually disappear

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Sierra Leone: Second coin of the “Big Five” silver double-crowns released features the lion, King of the African Savannah

The Bank of Sierra Leone has issued (8th March) the second of five silver Proof-quality double crowns in a new series entitled the “Big Five.” The Big Five refers to the exceptionally beautiful creatures within the animal kingdom who freely inhabit the African continent and whose presence in the wild is both breathtaking and reassuring

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Canada: Hatching hadrosaurs are let loose on latest silver and colour Proof coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new silver Proof and colour coins, which, for those who are enthusiasts of prehistoric and pre-paleolithic history, will appreciate the theme of this new coin. Humans seem to have an unending fascination with prehistoric artefacts

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Canada: Centenary anniversary of Canadian National Railway Company celebrated on new gold coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new gold coins in time for the centenary anniversary of the country’s primary rail and freight service, The Canadian National Railways (or CN, as they usually referred to). Its locomotives were the driving engines of development, while its tracks are the ribbons of steel that are woven into the fabric of the nation

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United Kingdom: The Yale of Beaufort rears its head in latest coin added to the “Queen’s Beasts” bullion coin series

Five-pound cupro-nickel Brilliant Uncirculated coin.
The Royal Mint has released (22nd February) their latest coin design which is part of the immensely successful and popular series entitled “Queen’s Beasts

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South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands: Famed Arctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton commemorated on new silver crown coins

The government and treasury of the South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands have issued (26th February) new crown coins which commemorate the birth of the famous explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Born on 15th February 1874, Sir Ernest wanted to be an explorer from a very early age, inspired by faraway places that he read about as a boy

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Canada: Tribute to the Vikings of Vinland with new Norse gods silver coin set

The Royal Canadian Mint has released the first of three coins which remembers Canada’s old Norse and Viking past and is a fitting tribute to the many Scandinavian settlers who immigrated to North America and made Canada their home during the last three centuries. 
Vinland is the area of coastal North America explored by Norse Vikings and where Leif Erikson first landed in the year 1000, approximately five centuries prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot

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Canada: Original concepts featured on new two-coin set featuring beloved Canadian numismatic classics

The Royal Canadian Mint has compiled together two distinct coin designs which have become, for many collectors of Canadian coins, memorable classics. With the accession of King George VI as king of Canada in 1936, the proposal to change the reverse designs of all circulating Canadian coins that had been part of the coins since before confederation became a priority for the treasury

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Legend Announces Assembly of #1 Truly Complete Proof Liberty Nickel PCGS Registry Set

Legend Numismatics is proud to announce the completion of the S.L.R. Collection of Proof Liberty Nickels. Not only is this set the #1 All-Time PCGS Registry Set, but with the addition of the finest known 1913 that the collector recently purchased for $4,560,000, it is now the only set that can be called truly the […]

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Canada: Tribute to the Vikings of Vinland with new Norse gods silver coin set

The Royal Canadian Mint has released the first of three coins which remembers Canada’s old Norse and Viking past and is a fitting tribute to the many Scandinavian settlers who immigrated to North America and made Canada their home during the last three centuries. 
Vinland is the area of coastal North America explored by Norse Vikings and where Leif Erikson first landed in the year 1000, approximately five centuries prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot

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Canada: Original concepts featured on new two-coin set featuring beloved Canadian numismatic classics

The Royal Canadian Mint has compiled together two distinct coin designs which have become, for many collectors of Canadian coins, memorable classics. With the accession of King George VI as king of Canada in 1936, the proposal to change the reverse designs of all circulating Canadian coins that had been part of the coins since before confederation became a priority for the treasury

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France: Tribute to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall captured on a “wall-shaped” coin

The Monnaie de Paris has launched new collector coins produced in gold and silver which are in tribute to one of the 20th century’s most important events, the day the Berlin Wall came down.
With the closing days of communism, that was collapsing in Eastern Europe, the Berlin Wall, erected by the East German government at the behest of Soviet authorities, sought to essentially wall-in the Berliners living in the western half of the city

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France: Tribute to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall captured on a “wall-shaped” coin

The Monnaie de Paris has launched new collector coins produced in gold and silver which are in tribute to one of the 20th century’s most important events, the day the Berlin Wall came down.
With the closing days of communism, that was collapsing in Eastern Europe, the Berlin Wall, erected by the East German government at the behest of Soviet authorities, sought to essentially wall-in the Berliners living in the western half of the city

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Australia: New release of black nickel and selectively gold-plated silver crown coin series features indigenous animals

The Royal Australian Mint has previewed (1st February) their upcoming series of collector coins that highlight a new feature of black nickel and selective gold-plated coins. The series was previewed during the media forum at this year’s World Money Fair in Berlin where the Royal Australian Mint announced a new series entitled “Echoes of Australian Fauna,” which features native Australian animals from the past and present

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Sierra Leone: Launch of new “Big Five” silver double-crown series features the majestic African elephant

The Bank of Sierra Leone has issued (28th January) new silver Proof quality double crown coins, which, when completed, will form a five-coin series of what we all know as the “Big Five.” The Big Five refers to the exceptionally beautiful creatures within the animal kingdom that freely inhabit the African continent and whose presence in the wild is both breathtaking and reassuring

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Sierra Leone: Launch of new “Big Five” silver double-crown series features the majestic African elephant

The Bank of Sierra Leone has issued (28th January) new silver Proof quality double crown coins, which, when completed, will form a five-coin series of what we all know as the “Big Five.” The Big Five refers to the exceptionally beautiful creatures within the animal kingdom that freely inhabit the African continent and whose presence in the wild is both breathtaking and reassuring

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Bidding on Rare 1895 Morgan Dollar Proof Coin in NGC PF-66 Ends Tonight at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Later tonight, bidding comes to a close on GreatCollections.com for this impressively struck 1895 Morgan dollar graded Proof 66 by NGC. The 1895 Morgan dollar struck in Philadelphia was a Proof-only issue, with a mintage of 880 (the existence of 1895 Morgan dollar business strikes from Philly is a notorious numismatic mystery, […]

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Niue: Minnie Mouse dazzles us on new silver Proof coin celebrating Carnival

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The government and treasury of the Pacific island of Niue have issued (15th January) new collector silver Proof and colour coins which feature Mickey Mouse’s love interest, Minnie Mouse, who dazzles us as she celebrates Carnival

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Switzerland: 100 years of the Swiss national circus, Knie, celebrated with new silver coins

The National Bank of Switzerland has issued (24th January) new commemorative coins which celebrate the centenary anniversary of the country’s most notable entertainment performers, the internationally renowned national circus, Knie.
The historical roots of the Swiss national circus, Knie, go back to the beginning of the 19th century when Friedrich Knie joined a group of performers and thereby founded the Knie circus dynasty

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Hungary: Latest gold coin remembers Byzantine empress, Saint Irene of Arpad

The National Bank of Hungary has issued (18th January) their second coin as part of a series remembering the Saints of the Arpad dynasty, which was launched in 2017 with the release of the first coin dedicated to the memory of Saint Margaret.
The second coin features Saint Irene, (1088–1134) a daughter of Saint Ladislaus, who was married to Byzantine Emperor, John II Komnenos, and is venerated as a saint in both the Western and Eastern churches

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Hungary: Latest gold coin remembers Byzantine empress, Saint Irene of Arpad

The National Bank of Hungary has issued (18th January) their second coin as part of a series remembering the Saints of the Arpad dynasty, which was launched in 2017 with the release of the first coin dedicated to the memory of Saint Margaret.
The second coin features Saint Irene, (1088–1134) a daughter of Saint Ladislaus, who was married to Byzantine Emperor, John II Komnenos, and is venerated as a saint in both the Western and Eastern churches

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Switzerland: 100 years of the Swiss national circus, Knie, celebrated with new silver coins

The National Bank of Switzerland has issued (24th January) new commemorative coins which celebrate the centenary anniversary of the country’s most notable entertainment performers, the internationally renowned national circus, Knie.
The historical roots of the Swiss national circus, Knie, go back to the beginning of the 19th century when Friedrich Knie joined a group of performers and thereby founded the Knie circus dynasty

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Niue: Minnie Mouse dazzles us on new silver Proof coin celebrating Carnival

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The government and treasury of the Pacific island of Niue have issued (15th January) new collector silver Proof and colour coins which feature Mickey Mouse’s love interest, Minnie Mouse, who dazzles us as she celebrates Carnival

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Slovakia: New silver collector coin commemorates 10th anniversary of adopting of the euro

The National Bank of Slovakia has issued (9th January) new collector coins which are in celebration of Slovakia’s 10th anniversary of the adoption of the single European currency, the euro, on the 1st January 2009. Upon the adoption of the euro, Slovakians had seen their third change in currency since the government of Czechoslovakia re-established democratic rule in the country following the collapse of communism

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Slovakia: New silver collector coin commemorates 10th anniversary of adopting of the euro

The National Bank of Slovakia has issued (9th January) new collector coins which are in celebration of Slovakia’s 10th anniversary of the adoption of the single European currency, the euro, on the 1st January 2009. Upon the adoption of the euro, Slovakians had seen their third change in currency since the government of Czechoslovakia re-established democratic rule in the country following the collapse of communism

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Sealand: Unveiled commemorative coin remembers the late Princess Joan, co-sovereign of micro-nation

The treasury of the Principality of Sealand has unveiled (14th January) memorial coins which pay tribute to Sovereign Princess Joan who passed away on the 10th March 2016, at the age of 86. She co-founded the Principality of Sealand, a micro-nation which lies just six miles off the southeast coast of the UK along with her husband, Paddy Roy Bates (1921-2012), becoming its first sovereign princely couple on the day of the proclamation of independence

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United Arab Emirates: Silver commemorative coins issued to mark UAE’s hosting of the Asian Cup

The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has announced (8th January) the issue of silver collector coins and a circulation-type commemorative one-dirham coin which highlights the hosting of the Asian Cup in the Emirates. The United Arab Emirates will play host to the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup from the 5th January to the 1st February 2019

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Greece: New silver collector coin dedicated to the centenary anniversary of the Hellenic Mathematical Society

The Bank of Greece has announced that they have issued, on the 20th December, their last silver Proof collector coin for 2018 and will be in recognition of the centenary anniversary of the founding of the Hellenic Mathematical Society.
Greece has a rich tradition in mathematics since antiquity, with such figures as Thales, Pythagoras, Euclid, and Archimedes

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Netherlands: 11th silver ducat in current series focuses on the province of Groningen

The Royal Dutch Mint has released (6th December) the latest silver ducat which is part of their current series, with this coin featuring the historical province of Groningen. The silver ducat was once a very important means of payment for international Dutch trade between 1659 and 1816

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Coin Invest Trust: Golden Dragon Egg

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The egg-shaped blank depicts the coat of arms of Palau in micro minting, above REPUBLIC OF PALAU, and below, 1 $.

The reverse presents a dragon in the left field facing right, the background is partially designed to resemble black dragon skin

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Jeff Garrett: Proof Coins and Other Missed Opportunities

A common numismatic regret: ‘If I knew then what I know now’ By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Having been in the rare coin business now for over 40 years, I often have thoughts about the classic saying, If I knew then what I know now. The market for rare coins […]

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Modern US Coins – Why Did the Number of Cameo Proofs Increase from 1950 to 1964?

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. An experienced collector once told me that when he started collecting a series, the first coin he bought was a proof. A proof, he explained, is the ideal version of the coin and shows the best possible expression of the artist’s and manufacturer’s vision. Proof coins from about the […]

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St. Helena and East India Company: Exceptional gold coin collection highlights historic coinage that shaped international trade

The East India Company Bullion, in cooperation with the government and treasury of St. Helena, have issued (22nd November) a new Proof-quality gold coin collection, including some of the world’s most significant coins which opened new routes of trade and shaped international commerce

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Portugal: Latest collector coin issued in honour of Portuguese architect and designer Eduardo Souto Moura

The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda has released new coins which are in honour of one of the country’s most prominent architects — Eduardo Elísio Machado Souto de Moura. Born in the city of Porto in 1952, the country’s second largest city after Lisbon, he is better known as Eduardo Souto de Moura, and was the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011 and the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2013

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Canada: Snow days are captured on new silver Proof holiday coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has released a new holiday-themed coin in time for the festive days of Christmas and New Year’s Day. The new coin focuses on one of the country’s most well-known weather-related themes, snow, and the playful side which the little crystals seem to bring out in all of us

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Proof 1936 Walking Liberty Half Dollar Coin One Highlight of GreatCollections Auction

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, December 9, at 8:34 Eastern Time, bidding closed on a Proof 1936 Walking Liberty half dollar, graded PF67 by NGC, offered by GreatCollections.com. Only two 1936 Proof half dollars from 1936 have been graded higher by NGC: one graded PF67+, another graded PF68. PCGS, meanwhile, reports six coins graded 67+ […]

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Niue: Timid Moorish idol features on third silver coin in current “Reef Fish” series

The treasury of the South Pacific Island Nation of Niue has released (3rd December) their third coin that is part of an ongoing series entitled “Reef Fish,” which features some of the marine life prevalent in and around the Pacific Ocean. The third coin highlights the attractive and timid Moorish idol, a very familiar occupant in many a home aquarium, as they are greatly admired for their sleek and colourful markings of black, white, and yellow

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Australia: New silver dome-shaped Proof coin features James Cook’s voyages and the 1812 map of the world

The Royal Australian Mint has released (3rd December) new silver Proof coins that focus and highlight one of world’s earliest navigational and most accurate maps that chartered the southern hemisphere’s coastlines and territory. The illustrated engraved masterpiece, entitled “A New Map of the World, with Captain Cook’s Tracks, His Discoveries and Those of the Other Circumnavigators,” was first published in February 1799, 20 years after the death of Captain Cook

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Spain: Constitution anniversary features on new silver collector coin

The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Casa Real de la Moneda has released new collector coins which are in celebration of the country’s constitution that was ratified in December 1978. Following the death of Spain’s head of state Generalissimo Francisco Franco in November 1975, the country underwent fundamental and societal changes which for many had brought Spain closer to a more democratic path

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France: The poet Guillaume Apollinaire features on this year’s “7 Arts” gold and silver collector coins

The Monnaie de Paris has released new collector coins which are part of their ongoing series entitled “The 7 Arts,” which focuses on seven specific disciplines in the world of art and culture, including additional elements of an art, an artist, and a place. The latest coins feature Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), considered one of the greatest French poets of the 20th century

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Canada: Endearing Atlantic puffins feature on new gold Proof one-ounce collector coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new gold Proof collector coins that focus on some of Canada’s indigenous wildlife prevalent along the coasts of Canada’s Maritime provinces. A native of much of the Atlantic’s northern coastline, the Atlantic puffin, or Fratercula arctica, spends much of its time at sea

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Author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and third president, Thomas Jefferson, is remembered on new crown coins for the 275th anniversary of his birth

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued new crown coins which are in tribute to America’s third president who is also remembered as the author of the Declaration of Independence, considered one of the most important documents ever written in human history.
The coins, which are produced using an inward-domed and ultra-high relief minting process resulting in piedfort strikes, are produced by the Pobjoy Mint at their facilities in Surrey on behalf of the treasury of the British Virgin Islands

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Ukraine: Silver double-crown coin celebrates centenary anniversary of National Academy of Sciences

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued new collector coins which are a celebration of the centenary anniversary of the country’s National Academy of Sciences, first established on the 27th November 1918, as the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. The centenary anniversary is also devoted to many generations of scientists of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, which is the highest scientific self-governing organisation and the largest national centre for scientific research

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Canada: Nostalgic gold and silver coins remember 110 years since the inauguration of the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new collector coins which take a look back to the year in which the Mint itself was launched as the official provider of circulation coins for Canada, which began with the minting of the iconic gold sovereign coin.
The British gold sovereign was one of the world’s most famous gold coins of the modern era and the flagship coin of the Royal Mint in the United Kingdom

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Canada: Unique glacial-shaped silver coin features Arctic region and the life of the polar bear

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new collector coins which are a first in terms of shape and highlight a species of wildlife prevalent in the northernmost borders of the country.
Loving and strong, dedicated and ferocious, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) has long been the most enduring symbol of the Arctic wilderness, where the sea ice that divides water and air is the cornerstone of life in the region

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Canada: The Salmon Run coin, a first in ultra-high relief and colour enamel

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new silver Proof coins which integrate an ultra-high relief design together with transparent enameling for the first time to emphasise crystal-blue water in a scene reminiscent of one of the region’s most spectacular natural wonders in the wild, the salmon run.
In the mighty rivers of British Columbia and Yukon, the salmon run is a spectacular natural occurrence and an awe-inspiring testament to one’s ability to persevere against all odds

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Canada: Lunar year is celebrated in 2019 with the Pig featured on new silver Proof coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new silver Proof coins which are in celebration of the upcoming Lunar New Year, observed in many countries, regions, and peoples all over the world. The Lunar New Year is associated with a 12-year cycle of lunar zodiac characters based on both real and mythical animals

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Jeff Garrett: When Proofs Were New

The Smithsonian collection sheds light on some of the earliest examples from the US Mint By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… To begin a conversation about early United States Proof Coinage we should first discuss the definition of the term. The Guide Book of United States Coins (Redbook) defines the word as […]

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Niue: Latest “Disney Villains” coin sends shudders with Cruella de Vil

The government and treasury of Niue have issued (1st October) the third coin which is part of their ongoing series entitled “Disney Villains,” who are the characters in the many animated Disney feature films you would most likely not want to encounter. The numismatic series highlights the villains who test the strength and fortitude of the heroes featured in the charming and beloved full-length movies — with the third character featured being the ruthless Cruella de Vil, an enigmatic villain who appeared in the classic film 101 Dalmatians, which made its debut in 1961

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Czech Republic: Centenary of independence celebrated with new gold crown coin

The National Bank of the Czech Republic has launched (24th October) new gold commemorative crown coins which will be issued in celebration of the country’s centenary anniversary of independence, which was achieved in November 1918. In the wake of fierce fighting left by the Great War, the collapse of the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire led to the lands of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia coming together to form the Republic of Czechoslovakia with the historic and age-old city of Prague as its capital

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Greece: New 2018 10-coin Proof set includes two additional commemorative €2 pieces

The Bank of Greece has announced that they will issue, on the 25th October, this year’s Proof quality coin sets which include all eight circulation denominations — as well as two commemorative €2 coins which were issued earlier this year. The set includes the circulation pieces ranging from one euro cent to two euros

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Nicaragua: Solitary and distinctive ocelot features on latest silver coin in Wildlife series

The Banco Central de Nicaragua has issued (12th October) the fourth coin which is part of their ongoing and popular collector coin series entitled “Wildlife of Nicaragua,” first launched in April. The latest animal in the wildlife series to be highlighted is the ocelot, a solitary wild cat which is the second largest spotted cat in South America, possessing a distinctive golden coat marked with black rosettes

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Niue: Fearless and inquisitive emperor angelfish features on the second release in the exciting Reef Fish coin series

The treasury of the South Pacific Island Nation of Niue has released their second coin which is part of a new series entitled “Reef Fish.” The series features some of the marine life prevalent in and around the Pacific Ocean

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Canada: Research and development features prominently on new next-generation coin prototype specimen

The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled (3rd October) new techniques of minting and production that may feature on Canada’s next generation of circulation or collector coinage. The mint’s research and development laboratory has unveiled a new technique of coin production which could, in the future, feature on circulation, bullion, or collector’s coins

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Canada: New collector coins feature 3-D snowballs coming your way

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new collector coins which are just in time for the upcoming snowy season that is just around the corner for much of the continent, as winter visits in time for the holidays. Get ready for winter wonderland fun as a barrage of snowballs is about to come your way! The fort has been built, the snowballs tightly packed, and even the dog is in on the act

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British Indian Ocean Territory: Famous Mythical Creatures series continues with fourth double crown silver coin featuring Medusa

The government and treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have issued (14th September) the fourth coin which is part of the series entitled “Mythical Creatures” that features some of the world’s best-known stories and legends which originate from the myths of the ancient world of Greece and Rome. The latest coin in the series features the snake-headed Gorgon, Medusa, who struck fear into the hearts of many brave warriors that were turned to stone just upon a single gaze

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Niue marks the Year of the Boar with new silver Proof and colour coins

The treasury of the South Pacific Island nation of Niue has released 2019-dated coins which celebrate the Lunar Year of the Boar, commencing on the 5th February 2019. This is the last year in what is a 12-year cycle, which will see the first zodiac symbol celebrated in 2020

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Australia: Elegant end to coin series that epitomises Australia, the Kangaroo at Sunset, concludes production

The Royal Australian Mint has announced (2nd October) the end of one of their most popular bullion coin series which became synonymous with Australia and modern numismatics. The “Kangaroo at Sunset” silver Proof coin was first launched by the Royal Australian Mint in 2010

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Australia: Elegant end to coin series that epitomises Australia, the Kangaroo at Sunset, concludes production

The Royal Australian Mint has announced (2nd October) the end of one of their most popular bullion coin series which became synonymous with Australia and modern numismatics. The “Kangaroo at Sunset” silver Proof coin was first launched by the Royal Australian Mint in 2010

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Bulgaria: Medieval Bulgarian Rulers series continues with latest coin in tribute to Tsar Ivan Asen II

The Bulgarian National Bank has issued (17th September) the fifth entry in a series of coins entitled “Medieval Bulgarian Rulers,” which has been issued intermittently since 2011. The latest coin features the Bulgarian ruler Ivan Asen II (circa

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Greece: Latest gold collector coin is issued as part of popular Cultural Heritage series and features the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

The Bank of Greece has announced that they will issue, on the 8th October, their last gold collector coin for the year which is part of their series entitled “Cultural Heritage,” that highlights the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion.
Cape Sounion is one of the most iconic landmarks of Attica and is also closely associated with Athenian mythology in particular

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United Kingdom: New coins feature the falcon, the fifth design to feature in Queen’s Beasts series

The Royal Mint has released the latest coin in the “Queen’s Beasts,” the very popular coin series which focuses on both real and mythical animals and beasts which are prevalent in heraldry and medieval crests. The fifth coin, in what will be a series of 10 beasts when completed, features the Falcon of the Plantagenets — the dynasty which held the English throne from 1154 with the accession of King Henry II until 1485, and the accession of Henry Tudor, known as King Henry VII

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Canada: Fine gold coin issued in remembrance of the coronation anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new fine gold coins in remembrance of the 65th anniversary of the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which occurred on the 2nd June 1953, in Westminster Abbey, London. Queen Elizabeth II, then the Duchess of Edinburgh and heiress presumptive to the British throne as well as the Dominion of Canada, acceded to these thrones on the 6th February 1952

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Greece: New Proof gold coin in Greek Mythology series features the Olympian god Apollo

The Bank of Greece has announced that they will issue, on the 19th September, their latest gold collector coin which is part of their series entitled “Greek Mythology,” the theme and design of which will highlight the Olympian gods. The new coin features the god Apollo, the son of Zeus and Leto, and twin brother of Artemis

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Portugal: New “Endangered Flora Species” series launches with the four-leaf clover on silver Proof coin

The Impresa Nacional Casa da Moeda (INCM) has launched a new series of collector coins whose focus will be on the endangered flora once prevalent in Portugal and on the Iberian Peninsula in general. The series concentrates not only on the flora which is under threat but on the threatened species of fauna as well

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Switzerland: New collector coin salutes the history of the ever-classic Swiss Army knife

The Swiss Federal Mint has released (10th September) new silver collector coins which are minted to commemorate one of the country’s most iconic items which has traveled around the world as an ambassador and example of Swiss efficiency and practical design: The classic Swiss Army knife.
On the 100th anniversary of Karl Elsener’s death, the man who invented the concept of a pocket mechanism with a variety of practical uses and founded the company which has manufactured the Swiss Army knife since 1891, the new coins are dedicated to the idea behind this innovative Swiss invention

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Australia: Governor-General unveils new commemorative dollar coins which include sixth effigy of Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Australian Mint has officially unveiled the first new commemorative one-dollar coins that will include the Queen’s new effigy, which is set to be included on all circulation and many collector coins from 2019 onwards. His Excellency General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, was present to reveal the first Australian coins to feature the new portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, signalling the impending transition to a new effigy on all Australian coinage

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Australia: New silver coin in “Earth & Beyond” series salutes space travel

The Royal Australian Mint has released (3rd September) new silver collector coins which are part of their three-coin series entitled “Earth & Beyond” that looks at space travel and the wonders of the heavens. Following the first domed coin in the series, which depicted the Earth as seen from space, this new release celebrates the Moon — our closest celestial companion

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Falkland Islands: New titanium collector crown coins feature the crab

The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (30th August) new collector crown coins which feature one of the region’s most familiar side-walking sea-dwelling creatures — the ever familiar crab. These crustaceans are short-tailed members of the order Decapoda, and, as it happens, decapods occur in all oceans, in fresh water, and on land — with about 10,000 species having been described

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Niue: Mickey Mouse celebrating 90th birthday on new high-relief silver and gold coins

The government and treasury of the island nation of Niue have issued (21st August) new collector coins which mark the celebration of the 90th birthday of the world’s most beloved cartoon mouse: Mickey Mouse. The endearing mouse made his debut in a black-and-white short cartoon on the 18th November 1928, which was entitled Steamboat Willie, and was hand drawn by his creator Walt Disney

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New Zealand launches 2019-dated Kiwi bullion and collector gold and silver coins

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has launched (9th August) their 2019-dated range of “Kiwi” collector and bullion coins, which is an annual series featuring one of the country’s most endearing and internationally acquainted birds: The kiwi. This year, both the gold and silver coins feature the North Island brown kiwi in its natural habitat

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British Virgin Islands: New coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (8th August) new collector crown coins which mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618) — a writer, poet, courtier, and explorer who is considered by many as the pivotal force which encouraged the settlement of North America by the English, after being granted a royal patent to explore the New World. Raliegh explored the soon-to-be colony of Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements all along what became the Eastern Seaboard of North America

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British Virgin Islands: New coin commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (8th August) new collector crown coins which mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618) — a writer, poet, courtier, and explorer who is considered by many as the pivotal force which encouraged the settlement of North America by the English, after being granted a royal patent to explore the New World. Raliegh explored the soon-to-be colony of Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements all along what became the Eastern Seaboard of North America

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Latvia: New silver Proof coin issued in recognition of the establishment of Curonian Kings

The Latvijas Bankas have issued (17th August) new collector coins which are dedicated to the era in Latvia’s history when the advancement of the Curonian Kings was predominant in the region. The subject also highlights a part of the earlier Latvian nation which managed to safeguard its personal freedom and independence for centuries

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Slovakia: Pivotal events of Prague Spring in 1968 remembered on new silver commemorative coin

The National Bank of Slovakia has issued (9th August) new commemorative coins which are minted in remembrance of one of former Czechoslovakia’s most pivotal events in their history as a modern nation — the time when Czechoslovaks attempted to reclaim their own nation from Soviet influence. The events of August 1968 were eerily similar to the historical changes which occurred in 1990 with the collapse of the communist government and the emergence of parliamentary elections

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Canada: New shield-shape silver coin delights comic book fans with depiction of the Bronze Age of Comic Books and Justice League

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched new collector coins which are in tribute to the comic industry’s most known and loved storylines, the Justice League. Those who make up the super crime-fighting group include: Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern, the Flash, and more

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Canada: Canadian stamp-shaped coins highlight historic designs seen on past postage stamps

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new series of coins which cleverly recreate some of the country’s most memorable stamps of the early 20th century relating to national anniversaries or services. The new rectangular-shaped coins, which include a total of three designs, distinctly recreate the look of real postage stamps

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Canada: Second release in mega-coin series entitled “Keepers of Parliament” features the beaver

The Royal Canadian Mint has released the second design which is part of the mega-coin series entitled “Keepers of the Parliament,” and focuses on the exquisite and impressive sculptures that stand at the main entrance to Canada’s stately Peace Tower building. From atop the Centre Block’s arched entryway, Castor canadensis (the North American beaver) extends a uniquely Canadian “welcome” to all who stand at the base of the Peace Tower

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Australia: Sun sets on the golden kangaroo fifth-ounce coin

The Royal Australian Mint has announced (6th August) that after an 11 year period of making available the iconic “Kangaroo at Sunset” $25 gold fifth-ounce ounce Proof coin through their annual ballot, the mint will mark 2018 with the coin’s final release. Available exclusively by ballot, the Kangaroo at Sunset $25 gold Proof coin release has been a yearly tradition for the mint and was first struck in 2007

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Australia: Latest gold convex-shaped coin features historic 1626 map of the Western Hemisphere

The Royal Australian Mint has issued (6th August) new gold coins which are a follow-up to the popular convex-shaped coin featuring exploration and discovery that highlighted some of the world’s most intriguing maps of their day. The first coin in this interesting series highlighted the 1812 map of James Cook (1728–1779), which included astonishingly detailed information and depictions of continents, coastlines, and even currents enabling future explorers and merchants to open lucrative trade routes and better navigate their ships

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Ukraine: Third coin in annual “Flora & Fauna” series features the Dnieper barbel

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (5th June) the third coin design and subject which is part of their annual and ongoing series of Ukrainian “Flora & Fauna,” begun in 2016. The two coins: A silver Proof and base metal with full colour, feature an indigenous underwater species, the Dnieper barbel

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Hungary: Internationally renowned physician, Semmelweis, honoured on latest silver collector coins

The National Bank of Hungary has issued (1st July) new collector coins which are in remembrance of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ignác Semmelweis (1818–1865), a prominent physician remembered for his work in the field of obstetrics.
Ignác Fülöp Semmelweis was born on the 1st July 1818, as the fifth child of the wealthy merchant József Semmelweis and Terézia Müller

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Australia: New commemorative “kangaroos” feature on latest gold and silver coins celebrating 25 years of issue

The Royal Australian Mint has launched (9th July) the latest designs which are part of their popular series of collector bullion coins featuring one of the county’s national wildlife symbols, the endearing kangaroo. Loved by collectors both in Australia and overseas, these new gold and silver Proof coins are wonderful additions to the enduring Kangaroo series on its 25th anniversary

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Italy: New series saluting Women in Arts launches with gold coin featuring Artemisia Gentileschi

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) has released new gold collector coins (9th July) in their “Women in the Arts” series, with a coin dedicated to the talents and memory of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1653).

Considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following Caravaggio, through the works of Artemisia Gentileschi, an extraordinary journey unfolds into the Baroque art of the 17th century

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Spain: New silver commemorative coin celebrates the founding of Asturias and includes an effigy of its princess

The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre Real Casa de la Moneda has launched (23rd July) new commemorative silver coins which are minted in celebration of the 1,300th anniversary of the establishment of the Kingdom of the Asturias. The coin depicts effigies of HM King Felipe VI and his 13-year-old daughter Princess Leonor, who appears on national Spanish coinage for the first time

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2018 American Eagle one-ounce silver Proof coin to go on sale on August 14

The Mint’s 2018 American Eagle one-ounce silver Proof coin (18EM) is scheduled to go on sale on August 14, 2018, at 12 noon (ET) on the Mint’s website. The coins possess no product, mintage, or household order limits and feature the classic Lady Liberty design on the obverse in a stunning Proof finish

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2018 American Eagle one-ounce silver Proof coin to go on sale on August 14

The Mint’s 2018 American Eagle one-ounce silver Proof coin (18EM) is scheduled to go on sale on August 14, 2018, at 12 noon (ET) on the Mint’s website. The coins possess no product, mintage, or household order limits and feature the classic Lady Liberty design on the obverse in a stunning Proof finish

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2018 American Eagle one-ounce silver Proof coin to go on sale on August 14

The Mint’s 2018 American Eagle one-ounce silver Proof coin (18EM) is scheduled to go on sale on August 14, 2018, at 12 noon (ET) on the Mint’s website. The coins possess no product, mintage, or household order limits and feature the classic Lady Liberty design on the obverse in a stunning Proof finish

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Q&A: What separates Proof sets from Mint sets?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: What are Proof coins and sets?
A: The term “Proof” refers to the method of manufacturing a coin, not to its condition. Originally, Proof coins were struck for presentation, souvenir, exhibition, and display purposes

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Q&A: What separates Proof sets from Mint sets?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: What are Proof coins and sets?
A: The term “Proof” refers to the method of manufacturing a coin, not to its condition. Originally, Proof coins were struck for presentation, souvenir, exhibition, and display purposes

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Q&A: What separates Proof sets from Mint sets?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: What are Proof coins and sets?
A: The term “Proof” refers to the method of manufacturing a coin, not to its condition. Originally, Proof coins were struck for presentation, souvenir, exhibition, and display purposes

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Italy: Ongoing and popular “Italy of the Arts” series continues with the Cathedral of Trani

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) has released new collector coins (9th July) which are in tribute to historic Italian art and also highlight some of the extraordinary architecture found in the country. These are the latest coins which are part of the series entitled “Italy of the Arts,” begun in 2010, and remains one of the IPZS’s most popular series with collectors

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Romania: New silver coin celebrates 150th anniversary of the founding of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest

The Banca Nationala a’ Romanei has issued (16th July) new collector silver coins minted in celebration of the Romanian National Philharmonic Orchestra, which observes its 150th anniversary this year. Founded as the Philharmonic Society of Romania on the 15th December 1868, by Eduard Wachmann (1836-1908) — a Romanian conductor, composer, and professor of German origin — his primary aim was to create a national and permanent Orchestra on the same level as the greatest European orchestral associations

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Canada: National anthem and flag are featured together on latest silver Proof and colour coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched (4th July) new silver Proof coins which perfectly blend two of the county’s most beloved and internationally recognised national symbols, Canada’s national anthem and its flag. The country’s anthem and flag are forever linked in terms of their place in Canadian history

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United Kingdom: New 2018 Britannia Proof quality coins feature classical depiction of iconic allegorical figure

The Royal Mint has launched (4th July) their latest line of Britannia Proof quality coins in both gold and silver, with a new unique design featured every year. This year, the Royal Mint chose the design created by David Lawrence, whose fresh new design of Britannia has captured the spirit of a nation, portraying Britannia as a familiar figure looking forward towards a changing horizon

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New releases bound into Royal Australian Mint’s Kangaroo Series

The Royal Australian Mint continues to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Kangaroo Series, unveiling two new coins in the popular series.
The latest additions, a 2018 $100 gold Proof coin, and a 2018 $10 fine silver selectively gold plated Proof coin, incorporate and reimagine designs from a selection of the mint’s past Kangaroo Series coins, released annually since 1993

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Canada: Square silver collector coin features unique representations of Canadian coasts

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched (4th July) the first coins which are part of a new three-piece coin series to feature references from all three of Canada’s coastal lines. The series is appropriately entitled “Our Canadian Coasts” and includes designs which represent the unique cultural character, history, and beauty of each coast: Pacific, Atlantic, and the Arctic

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Canada: New double crown silver coin features unique cut-out maple-leaf shapes in design

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched (4th July) new silver Proof and colour coins which feature, as part of the design, unique cut-out shapes that represent the country’s national symbol, the maple leaf. Consisting of 13 cut-out maple leaf shapes, the number represents the 10 provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and three territories of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut

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CDHCD Dealer Finds Extremely Rare 1848 Proof Seated Liberty Dime

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….. A winning bid on eBay for a collection of coins gave an Indiana coin dealer far more than he bargained for. After processing and sorting the collection, Sam Shafer discovered an 1848 Seated Liberty dime that seemed far better struck than what one would expect for the period. The coin, […]

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Netherlands and United States: Exceptional presidential gift of scarce gold commemorative coin to be auctioned

The Schulman Numismatists, auctioneers in Amsterdam, have included a scarce and very rare gold coin minted in 1982 which commemorated the 200th year of Dutch-American friendship that will go under the hammer on the 29th and 30th June. It is understood that the 50-gulden coin was presented to President Ronald Reagan for the occasion of the state visit of HM Queen Beatrix and HRH Prince Claus, which also marked the 200th year of friendship between the two countries

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Kazakhstan: New silver kilo coins issued in celebration of capital’s 20th anniversary

The National Bank of Kazakhstan has issued (20th June) new silver kilo coins in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the country’s capital city of Astana, which came into effect on the 6th May 1998. Originally a settlement named Akmoly (Russian: Akmolinsky prikaz), which is located on the banks of the Ishim River within the Aqmola Region, it served as a defensive fortification for Siberian Cossacks

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Canada: New coin highlights “Symbols of the North” with gold sourced entirely from territory of Nunavut

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched (26th June) a new coin, which for the mint and Canada, is a “first” in terms of using gold that was mined entirely from the territory of Nunavut, the newest territory in the Canadian Confederation. Each coin is struck from 99

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Greece: New silver coin in “Greek Culture” series honours the ancient lyric poet Pindar

The Bank of Greece has announced (20th June) new silver Proof coins which pay tribute to one of ancient Greece’s most eloquent and celebrated poets who utilised a style of lyric verses which survives to this day. Pindar of Thebes (522-443 B

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Galaxies and Nebulae Silver Spinner series

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By Louis Golino
In recent years, the most popular themes on modern world commemorative coins have undoubtedly been ancient mythology and astronomy with different mints producing many such series

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Canada: Mega-sized silver coin features the unicorn and launches new “Keepers of Parliament” series

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new ten ounce coins which launches a four-coin series entitled “Keepers of Parliament” and begins with the only mythical supporter of the Arms of Canada. The first coin in the series features the Unicorn, the mythical creature featured rises up in a way that conveys the towering height of its real-life counterpart

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Canada: Mega-sized silver coin features the unicorn and launches new “Keepers of Parliament” series

The Royal Canadian Mint has released new ten ounce coins which launches a four-coin series entitled “Keepers of Parliament” and begins with the only mythical supporter of the Arms of Canada. The first coin in the series features the Unicorn, the mythical creature featured rises up in a way that conveys the towering height of its real-life counterpart

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United Kingdom: New coin series celebrates the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s voyage of discovery

The Royal Mint has launched (11th June) a new three-year series which will mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s epic voyage of discovery aboard HM Bark Endeavour.
The son of a farm hand, Captain James Cook (1728–1779) grew up in the historic port of Whitby from the age of 17

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Nicaragua: Second coin issued in popular “Wildlife of Nicaragua” series features three-toed sloth

The Banco Central de Nicaragua has issued (8th June) their second coin in their ongoing collector coin series entitled “Wildlife of Nicaragua,” launched in April. The second coin features the three-toed sloth, which is an indigenous species found in many countries in Central America, particularly in Nicaragua

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Poland: Silver crown coin salutes decisive and epic Battle of Hodów

The National Bank of Poland has issued (6th June) new collector silver coins which mark one of Poland’s most epic and decisive battles that was fought between the Kingdom of Poland and Crimean Khanate forces in June 1694 in the Ruthenian Voivodeship, or, the Principality of Galicia–Volhynia. The battle has been compared by historians and military tacticians as the “Polish Thermopylae,” inasmuch as the valiant defenders of Hodów were compared to the 300 Spartans defending Thermopylae

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Singapore announces new “World Peace” medals produced in recognition of historic U.S.–North Korea summit

The Singapore Mint has announced (6th June) that they have produced three versions of a commemorative medal in recognition and anticipation of the announced Summit between the United States and the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea. The summit is especially historic in terms of world events as it will be the first meeting between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader

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Finland: Scenic splendour of the Koli National Park in North Karelia depicted on latest €2 commemorative coin

The Mint of Finland has launched (15th May) the second  €2 national commemorative coin which focuses on the many naturally beautiful scenic areas in the country that are both well-loved and instantly recognisable by many of the country’s inhabitants. The second annual €2 commemorative coin features the natural beauty of Koli National Park, which affirms the results of a national vote in the summer of 2017 that was coordinated by the Mint of Finland

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Slovenia: New commemorative €2 coin marks first World Bee Day

The Banka Slovenije has issued (14th May) new two-euro commemorative coins which are minted in celebration of the first-ever World Bee Day. The day seeks to focus on the great importance of the many bee species to the environment and the food chain

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US Coin Profile – The Finest Known Proof 1838 Capped Bust Half Dollar

The 1838 proof Capped Bust half dollar has always been overshadowed by their more famous 1838-O cousins, but the Philadelphia Mint issue is actually much rarer. Only five Philadelphia bust half dollar proofs are known to numismatists today, and two of them are forever off the market in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. […]

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The disappointing American Liberty $10 Proof Coin launch

By Louis Golino
First day sales of the 2018 American Liberty $10 One-Tenth-Ounce Gold Proof Coin on February 9 were a dismal 9,852, which does not bode well for upcoming sales and secondary market performance.
There has also been relatively little discussion of this new issue in the blogosphere compared to the one-ounce, high-relief version of the coin released last spring — or other higher-profile coins for that matter

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United States Mint to release set of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore coins on February 20

Washington — The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set-Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (product code 18AD) beginning February 20 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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United States Mint releases complete set of Proof 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters on January 23

Washington — Sales will open for the 2018 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (product code 18AP) on January 23, 2018, at noon Eastern Time (ET).

This year’s set—priced at $15

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France: The Sower series presents the currencies and coins that have shaped the history of France

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (12th January) the latest set of coins which are part of their highly successful series entitled Le Semeuse or “The Sower,” named after one of the most recognisable numismatic designs seen on French coinage. Begun in 2014, this series continues to highlight the designs seen throughout French numismatic history

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Slovakia: New silver coin celebrates 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic

The National Bank of Slovakia have issued (3rd January) a new silver collector coin in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Slovak Republic, which emerged after the separation of the Czech and Slovak Republics as a single entity on the 1st January 1993.
The process by which the Slovaks became a modern European nation culminated on this day 25 years ago with the establishment of an independent state — the Slovak Republic

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United Kingdom: New £2 coin celebrates the centenary anniversary of the Royal Air Force

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the design for a new two-pound coin issued in celebration of the centenary anniversary of the Royal Air Force, which came into being in 1918. The need for air power was realised during the deadly European conflict which erupted in July 1914

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Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com I’ve been selling a collection for an old friend and collector who purchased a 1921 Morgan silver dollar from a major coin auction in 1981 that was cataloged as a Zerbe Proof as follows: “1921 Very Select MS-64, Exquisite First Strike, apparently from proof (Zerbe coins) dies.  Mirrorlike […]

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United Kingdom: Fantastic two-pound coin issued to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the new design of the third commemorative two-pound coin issued in remembrance of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein — a work of fiction which was to take the world by storm in terms of originality and imagination.
On a stormy night in 1816, a group of friends gathered at a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva to tell each other ghost stories

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United Kingdom: Retro design crown coin issued to celebrate Prince George’s fifth birthday

The Royal Mint have unveiled (1st January) the design of a new crown coin which will be issued in celebration of the fifth birthday of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, eldest child of their Royal Highness’ the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who was born on the 22nd July 2013, and first grandchild of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
It’s hard to believe that five years have already passed since the gun salutes were first fired in his honour and the bells of Westminster Abbey rang out in celebration

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Pre-1917 Proof Set Prices from the 1970s to 2017 – The Blue Moon Auction

Analysis regarding scarce coins, proof sets and the coin markets #397  ……. A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ……… The first part of the “Blue Moon Collection” was auctioned in Baltimore on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Many of the coins in the Blue Moon I sale were earlier sold in Stack’s auctions during the 1970s […]

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United Kingdom: The Royal Mint unleashes the Red Dragon of Wales on new silver coin

The Royal Mint has launched (4th December) one of the latest coins which is part of the ongoing and popular series entitled “The Queen’s Beasts.” This latest coin is one of ten heraldic Queen’s Beasts that can be seen cropping up through centuries of British Heraldry

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The 1964 U.S. Proof and Uncirculated Sets heralded the first Kennedy half dollars

Given the fact that we are now celebrating the centenary anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, I thought it would be prudent to discuss the first sets from the Mint to include the Kennedy half dollar: the 1964 U

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The 1964 U.S. Proof Set heralded the first Kennedy half dollar

Given the fact that we are now celebrating the centenary anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, I thought it would be prudent to discuss the first Mint Set to include the Kennedy half dollar

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Three Modern Coins Grab Top Dollar At Heritage World’s Fair of Money Auction

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Modern coins took some of the top bids at the Heritage Auctions sale during the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money Show in Denver, Colorado, August 2-6, 2017. Nearly 99 percent of some 5,095 lots, including United States and world coins as well as paper currency, were […]

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Live at the ANA with CoinWeek – Silvano DiGenova Talks Rare $20 Proof Gold

Silvano DiGenova talks rare $20 gold proofs Charles Morgan, Editor of CoinWeek, talks with US Coin expert Silvano DiGenova about 19th century $20 proof gold. These coins represent the top 1% in all US numismatics. Silvano has been handling coins such as these for quite some time, and the conversation expands with insights into the […]

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Prooflike 1857-S Double Eagle Gold Coins from the SS Central America Shipwreck

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek ….. The loss of SS Central America in September 1857 had a major impact on the history of the United States. Although a recession had already started in 1856, and a major insurance company failed in August, the loss of this ship caused upheaval in financial markets and exacerbated what […]

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South Korean Mint Set Primer for Western Collectors

By Mark Lovmo for CoinWeek.com …..   The Bank of Korea (BOK) has sanctioned the release of yearly six-coin mint sets for the past three decades. Although various kinds of coin sets featuring South Korean coins can be found dating back to the 1970s, their connection to the Bank of Korea may be tenuous at […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions Regency XXII Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek ….. Handpicked high-eye-appeal U.S. coins are the hallmark of Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) and on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the New Jersey-based firm will offer 515 PCGS- and NGC-certified coins at their Regency XXII Sale. Many are either conditionally rare or rare in […]

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United States 1937 Washington Quarter (Proof)

Description – Washington Quarter Intended to be a circulating commemorative coin honoring the bicentennial of the birth of America’s first president, the Washington quarter as originally designed was struck from 1932 to 1998, save for a two-year run in 1975 and 1976, when the coin’s reverse was swapped out for the “drummer boy” design of Jack […]

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United States 1937 Washington Quarter (Proof)

Description – Washington Quarter Intended to be a circulating commemorative coin honoring the bicentennial of the birth of America’s first president, the Washington quarter as originally designed was struck from 1932 to 1998, save for a two-year run in 1975 and 1976, when the coin’s reverse was swapped out for the “drummer boy” design of Jack […]

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Modern US Coins – Why Did the Number of Cameo Proofs Increase from 1950 to 1964?

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. An experienced collector once told me that when he started collecting a series, the first coin he bought was a proof. A proof, he explained, is the ideal version of the coin and shows the best possible expression of the artist’s and manufacturer’s vision. Proof coins from about the […]

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Modern Proof Coins—The Hunt For Perfection Continues

Viewing countless modern proofs gives the collector a greater appreciation for perfection! By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. As we roll into the month of May, we in New England can finally say good riddance to Old Man Winter who, much like the unwanted house guest, didn’t seem to ever want to leave. With […]

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Evaluating Safe Preservation Methods for Proof Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… For as long as there have been proof coins, there have been collectors trying to preserve them. Proof coins, which are often struck more than once (at least twice) on polished planchets by specially prepared dies, are specifically designed to be appreciated and are not intended for use in […]

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U.S. Mint to Release 2017 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof Coin May 11

The United States Mint 2017 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin (product code 17EL) will be available for purchase beginning on May 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Produced since 2006, this .9999 fine, 24-karat gold coin features designs that are based on the original 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle […]

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U.S. Mint Reveals American Platinum Eagle Proof Coin Design Candidates

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   The United States Mint recently revealed design candidates for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof coin program. Tomorrow morning, on September 16, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will review the packet of 36 obverse and 10 reverse designs and discuss the relative merits of each. […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Pt. 23: Proof Shield Nickels

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #349 The emphasis here is on PCGS- or NGC-certified, Proof-64 or -63 ‘No Rays’ Shield Nickels dating from 1867 to 1883, Choice Proofs. This is the 23rd installment in a series on classic U.S. coins that cost less than $500 […]

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Two Cool Proof Civil War Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com Douglas Winter Numismatics  sold two very rare and very beautiful Proof gold dollars several years ago from the Civil War era. These were an 1862 graded Proof-64 Deep Cameo by PCGS, and an 1864 graded Proof-66 Deep Cameo by PCGS. Both coins had also been approved by CAC. I’d like to […]

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What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Two of the most basic terms that anyone new to numismatics needs to understand are Business Strike and Proof. Business strike coins are those made by the mint for general circulation. Proof coins are the numismatic delicacies struck for collectors each year. In general, business strike coins […]

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United States Mint Opens Sales for 2015 American Eagle Silver Proof Jan. 2

By US Mint….   The United States Mint will open sales for the 2015 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin (product code ES6) on Jan. 2 at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST). The American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is the collector version of the United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin. The coin’s obverse (heads […]

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