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Finest-Graded Una and the Lion, Certified by NGC, Offered in MDC Monaco Sale

The finest graded example of the “Una and the Lion“, a coin that is at the zenith of British numismatics, is being offered in a European auction this month. Certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), the Great Britain 1839 Five Pounds shares the spotlight with several other NGC-graded British gold ultra-rarities in an MDC Monaco auction on […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Macedon Before Alexander

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   The extent of the Kingdom of Macedonia is as ill-defined as its history is fragmentary (Raymond, 3). ANCIENT MACEDONIANS[1] were marginal Greeks. Although permitted to compete in the Olympics, the Macedonians spoke a distinctive dialect. While their neighbors were creating novel forms of government like democracy, oligarchy and […]

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Coins of Medieval Hungary: Part 2

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

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Famous British Rarity Una and the Lion Gold Coin Realizes Over $800,000

A famous British rarity certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized 86,500,000 Yen (about $810,000 USD) in a Taisei Coins auction. The 1839 Victoria “Una and the Lion” Gold Five Pounds graded NGC PF 65 Ultra Cameo was the star of the sale that concluded May 3, 2020. The incredible $810,000 sum is $350,000 higher […]

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Ancient Electrum Coins – Strength and Unity of an Empire

The Colosseo Collection Electrum Coins …… By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The ancient Greek island of Lesbos was located in the northeastern Aegean Sea off the coast of modern-day Turkey. Its largest and wealthiest city, Mytilene, was originally founded in the 11th century BCE by the Penthilidae family of Thessaly, who […]

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

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

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The Initial Numismatic Offerings of the Sierra Leone Company

Sierra Leone Company by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers ……   Having its first contact with Europeans in the mid-15th century, the area that would become Sierra Leone saw use as a trading ground—for goods as well as slaves—for the next three centuries. By the late 18th century, however, the British […]

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First Coin in ‘Big Cats’ High Relief 2 oz Silver Series Features the Lion

Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the first coin in a series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the World. The “Big 5” series in 2019 proved extremely popular with collectors and we know this series will be the same. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, these new coins are being […]

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Royal Dutch Mint Silver Lion Coins From the Royal Dutch Mint – America’s First Dollar

With a history of more than 400 years, the Royal Dutch Mint presents a 1 oz Brilliant Uncirculated Lion Dollar restrike with a limited mintage of 15,000 coins worldwide. After a year of hiatus, APMEX is proud to bring back the highly anticipated and long overdue 2019 Netherlands 1 oz Silver Lion Dollar Restrike Coin. Lowest mintage […]

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First Coin in Big Cats 2oz Silver Series Features the Lion

Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the first coin in a series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the World. The “Big 5” series in 2019 proved extremely popular with collectors and we know this series will be the same. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, these new coins are being […]

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Switzerland 2020 Shooting Talers Continue Long Tradition

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

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Celtic Coinage of Gaul

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in ours Gauls, the third. All these differ from each other in language, customs and laws (Caesar, 1).   FOR MOST AMERICANS, “Celtic” means […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Guptas

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN INDIA’S LONG HISTORY, the Gupta Empire (c. 319 – 550 CE) is remembered as a golden age of art, literature, science, and culture. Economically it was truly a golden era; Gupta kings issued a flood of beautiful gold dinaras – coins that reflected the prosperity created by the […]

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NGC Ancients – Coins From the Strait of Messina

Ancient Coins issued from colonies bordering the Strait of Messina are numerous and interesting Strait of Messina Coins By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The Strait of Messina, which separates Italy and Sicily and is just two miles wide at its narrowest point, has been the scene of many historic events. Countless armies have crossed […]

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NGC Ancients: Silver Coin “Pocket Change” of Central Greece

Interesting silver coins from Central Greece are available for modest prices   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… One popular area for ancient Greek coinage is central Greece, home to a number of important cities, notably Athens. From the sixth century BCE onward, a great variety of coins were struck there, principally in silver and […]

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Victoria Honored on 2019 Una and the Lion Coin from British Virgin Islands

Una and Lion Coin to Celebrate the Bicentenary of the Birth of Queen Victoria – Now Available in Cupro Nickel   This year marks 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria, one of the United Kingdom’s most iconic monarchs. Her reign coincided with the great age of industrial revolution, and her captivating life story […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Pays Tribute to Normandy Veterans in June Numismatic Catalogue

Always proud to celebrate stories of Canadian accomplishment on its coins, the Royal Canadian Mint is launching two new coins honoring the soldiers who fought in the Normandy Campaign, which, after the success of D-Day, sent the Allies on the path to liberating Western Europe. These historic keepsakes, along with many other finely crafted collectibles, […]

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Pobjoy Mint Issues ‘Big Five’ Lion 2 oz Silver Coin

Introducing the Lion – King of the African Savannah Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release the second coin in a series of five featuring the “Big Five” African animals. The first coin featuring the Elephant proved to be extremely popular and the next coin, featuring the lion, we are sure will be a […]

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

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

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Modern World Coins: Una & the Lion Special Limited Edition Set

Two-Coin Set Celebrates the Bicentenary of the Birth of Queen Victoria Famous Una and the Lion design recreated in Silver Proof and Reverse Frosted finishes Proof version available only in this Limited Edition set Limited to 500 pieces worldwide Pobjoy Mint is delighted to release a set that contains two 2019 Silver Una and the […]

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Lion Dollar, Beautiful Bavarian Pattern 3 Mark Coin Among Highlights From Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… We will be attending the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) from January 10-13, 2019. If you would like us to bring any specific items for your examination at the show please contact us at your earliest convenience. New Inventory These five items are just a sample of the 560 recent […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz …. The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying a sack of gold could ride unharmed from one border of the nomad empire to the other. — Harold Lamb, Genghis Khan[1]: The Emperor of All Men, p. 112 The Rise of […]

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Limited 5-Coin Set Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

Unique five-coin set with special effects Set includes a Sapphire set into one of the designs to commemorate this special occasion Available in Proof-Like gold plated with each coin finished differently Supplied in Special collector’s album to hold all five coins Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a special and unique set […]

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Chinese Buddhist Guardian Lions on CIT Silver Coin

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

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

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

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Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …… Lydian Coins are considers to be the First Coins ever produced and used. The First Official Coin Natural resources are often a source of great wealth for a country, especially its king. The Pactolus River in Lydia, now modern day Turkey, was one […]

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

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

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Ancient Greek Coins – The Tumultuous History of Kamarina

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern coast of Sicily, is among the most tumultuous of Ancient Greece. It was founded in 599 BCE by settlers from Syracuse and its location allowed it to grow quickly and amass substantial wealth through trade. However, […]

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

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

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

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

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Silver Tetradrachm Coins of Ancient Sicily: NGC Ancients

Silver tetradrachms of Sicily are highly sought after by ancient-coin collectors Collectors have long agreed that many of the most impressive ancient coins were produced in Sicily. With its advantageous location between Italy and North Africa, this island was a cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean. It also was the site of frequent warfare among those […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Lions on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Hektor came on against them, as a murderous lions on cattle who in a low-lying meadow of a great marsh pasture by hundreds, and among them a herdsman who does not quite know how to fight a wild beast off from killing a horn-curved  ox… —Iliad, Book 15:630-636 MORE THAN THIRTY THOUSAND YEARS AGO, […]

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World Coin News – Fiji Celebrates 2018 South Korea Winter Olympics

Winter Olympic Games South Korea 2018 – Snow & Ice Low Issue limit – Proof Sterling Silver 2,000 of each design Showcases Winter Olympic sports that Fiji has competed in Produced in Britain by Pobjoy Mint manufacturer of luxury coins [editor’s note- this coin program is not officially licensed by the Organising Committees for the Olympic […]

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NGC Grades Rare and Beautiful ‘Una and the Lion’ Proof Coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) recently graded an example of the iconic 1839 Victoria gold “Una and the Lion” Five Pounds, which is widely considered to be the most beautiful British coin ever struck. The piece was submitted by Baldwin’s of St. James’s, an English firm, and was graded NGC PF 65 Ultra Cameo, making it […]

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MA-Shops: Impressive Thaler Coins of Various Dates

By Joël van Dam – Owner of Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… The thaler is, with its impressive weight (around 30g), an innovative silver-type coin that was invented in the late 15th century. For me it is one of the most impressive kind of coin ever minted after the classical era. It was the archduke Sigismund […]

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World Coin News – Fiji Commemorative Honors 70th Wedding Anniversary of Elizabeth & Philip

Pobjoy Mint final coin in series Featuring The Queen & The Duke of Edinburgh’s Coat of Arms Issued in Diamond encrusted Platinum! Celebrating the lives of two long serving Royals Produced in Britain by Pobjoy Mint manufacturer of luxury coins The Coin The two coat of arms depicted on the reverse of this coin are […]

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APMEX Announces Queen’s Beasts Platinum Coin

APMEX, the nation’s largest Precious Metals e-retailer, is thrilled to announce the arrival of the first-ever 1 oz Platinum bullion coin from The Royal Mint. When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned June 2, 1953, 10 heraldic beast statues stood watch at the ceremony, representing the different houses joining in Her Majesty’s royal ancestry. […]

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APMEX Announces Queen’s Beasts Platinum Coin

APMEX, the nation’s largest Precious Metals e-retailer, is thrilled to announce the arrival of the first-ever 1 oz Platinum bullion coin from The Royal Mint. When Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned June 2, 1953, 10 heraldic beast statues stood watch at the ceremony, representing the different houses joining in Her Majesty’s royal ancestry. […]

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Ancient & World Coins – New from Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 398 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (29), World (362) and US (6). Pedigreed Cnidus (Knidos) Drachm http://atlasnumismatics.com/1041010 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1041010 | GREEK. CARIA. Cnidus (Knidos). […]

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New Ancient, World Coin Inventory from Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 738 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (37), World (751) and US (13). Beautifully Toned Alexander III Tetradrachm http://atlasnumismatics.com/1040195 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1040195 | GREEK. KINGDOM OF […]

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New Ancient, World Coin Inventory from Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 738 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (37), World (751) and US (13). Beautifully Toned Alexander III Tetradrachm http://atlasnumismatics.com/1040195 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1040195 | GREEK. KINGDOM OF […]

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Ancient Electrum Coins – Strength and Unity of an Empire

By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   The ancient Greek island of Lesbos was located in the northeastern Aegean Sea off the coast of modern-day Turkey. Its largest and wealthiest city, Mytilene, was originally founded in the 11th century BCE by the Penthilidae family of Thessaly, who ruled […]

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Ring in the New Year with the 2017 Stacks Bowers NYINC Auction

  Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to share details of their forthcoming Stacks Bowers NYINC Auction of world coins, world paper money and ancient coins, held in conjunction with the prestigious New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). This event will be held January 12-14 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in vibrant Midtown Manhattan in […]

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U.S. Mint Holds Strike Ceremony for Lions Clubs Commemorative Silver Coin – 4K Video

By CoinWeek News Staff ….. Today, November 9, 2016, at its main production facility in Philadelphia, the United States Mint held a special ceremony for the first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar coin. And CoinWeek was on hand to film the event in high-definition. According to the Mint’s Principal […]

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CoinWeek to Film Lions Clubs Silver Dollar First Strike Ceremony

On the morning of November 9, 2016, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan will be on hand at the Philadelphia Mint filming the ceremonial first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Silver Dollar. The new silver dollar is one of three coins authorized by the Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act (part of […]

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Royal Canadian Mint: New 5 Kilo Silver Coin, Other Collectibles for October

Sculptural genius of legendary Haida carver Charles Edenshaw shines again in ultra-high relief The Royal Canadian Mint is once again taking bold steps in celebrating Canada’s heritage with new coins that impress and inspire through their designs, their themes and their innovation. With its newest ultra-high relief five-kilogram fine silver coin, the Mint has paid […]

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Spink: Exceptional 2nd Auction of Nicholas Rhodes Collection of North East India Coins

This September, Spink are pleased to announce, will see the second auction of the magnificent collection of Nicholas Rhodes’ Coins of North East India. The sale will take place on the 27th in London, and is brimming with some of the finest coins of this region. Spink are thrilled to be handling such a stunning […]

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World Coins – Royal Mint Unveils 2016 Britannia Proof Collection

The 2016 Britannia Proof Coin Collection The Royal Mint has launched its perennial classic for 2016, The Britannia Proof Coin Collection. The range, which includes individual coins such as the United Kingdom’s smallest coin weighing just one-fortieth ounce and the Premium Six-Coin Set, is struck in fine gold and fine silver to Proof finish. This […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of Pergamon

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. NOW AND THEN IN HISTORY, economic, political and social forces come together in just the right combination to make a particular city the dynamic locus of cultural creativity. We see this in Athens in the time of Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BCE), Florence during the Renaissance (c. 1350 – 1450 […]

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Stack’s Bowers Announces Part I George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei

IN COLLABORATION WITH NUMISMATICA ARS CLASSICA Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the firm’s collaboration with Numismatica Ars Classica in offering the George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei – Part I, to be sold the 23rd of May, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. This meticulously curated cabinet includes some of the finest Roman […]

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Roman Gold Coins – Stack’s Bowers Announces Part I of George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei

IN COLLABORATION WITH NUMISMATICA ARS CLASSICA Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the firm’s collaboration with Numismatica Ars Classica in offering the George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei – Part I, to be sold the 23rd of May, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. This meticulously curated cabinet includes some of the finest Roman […]

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Finland 2016 Europa Star Alvar Aalto 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: Alvar Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer who is featured on Finland’s 2016 Europa Star 10-euro silver coin. Aalto was born February 3, 1898 in Kuortane, Finland (then part of the Russian Empire). Aalto studied architecture at the Technical Institute of Helsinki. However, his academic pursuits were temporarily sidelined by the Finnish War […]

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Italy 2016 Recanati Marche Italy Of Arts 5 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The Recanati Marche Italy of Arts Series 5 Euro silver coin honors the artistic contributions of Recanati, a town in central eastern Italy in the Marche region of the country. Recanati was founded in 1150 CE and in 1290 was self-proclaimed as an independent republic. Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Recanati in 1798. The town has […]

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Royal Mint Introduces ‘The Queen’s Beasts’ Gold, Silver Bullion Coins

The Queen’s Beasts 2016 – The Lion – 1 oz Gold Bullion Coin The Royal Mint has expanded its world-respected bullion portfolio with the addition of gold and silver coins celebrating The Queen’s Beasts – 10 creatures that have featured throughout hundreds of years of British royal heraldry. The series will be introduced a ‘beast’ […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

By the third millennium BCE, a unique culture was emerging on a narrow strip of the eastern Mediterranean coast that would have an enormous impact on Western civilization. CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   A SEMITIC PEOPLE, the Phoenicians developed remarkable proficiency in shipbuilding, seafaring and trade, as the prophet Ezekiel (lived […]

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Britannia Features on New Ascension Island Coin

By Pobjoy Mint…. Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a beautiful new coin on behalf of Ascension Island that commemorates the 275th Anniversary of the Composition of “Rule, Britannia!”. The patriotic British song “Rule, Britannia!” originated from a poem written by James Thomson of the same name and was set to music […]

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Serenissima: Medieval Coinage of Venice

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. BETWEEN THE YEARS 1200 and 1600 a handful of feisty Italians created one of the greatest commercial and maritime empires in history. Venetians wrecked the Byzantine state, fought the Ottoman sultans to a standstill, defied a series of Popes and German emperors, and adorned their city with masterpieces […]

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Damnatio ad Bestias, or: What Happened to Roman Counterfeiters?

By Gorny & Mosch…. As part of Auction 231 comprising “Ancient Art”, Gorny & Mosch presents an object that is a splendid illustration of the history of Roman law. A Terra Sigillata bowl from the 2nd to the 3rd centuries CE depicts a damnatio ad bestias. This type of execution was likewise applied to Roman […]

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Damnatio ad Bestias, or: What Happened to Roman Counterfeiters?

By Gorny & Mosch…. As part of Auction 231 comprising “Ancient Art”, Gorny & Mosch presents an object that is a splendid illustration of the history of Roman law. A Terra Sigillata bowl from the 2nd to the 3rd centuries CE depicts a damnatio ad bestias. This type of execution was likewise applied to Roman […]

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Exceptional 19th century U.S. Gold Coins in Central States Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #272…. A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds….   In Schaumburg, Illinois, a small city not far from Chicago, the annual CSNS convention will be held from April 22 to 25. In the official auction, which will be […]

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Exceptional 19th Century U.S. Gold Coins in Central States Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #272…. A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds…. In Schaumburg, Illinois, a small city not far from Chicago, the annual CSNS convention will be held from April 22 to 25. In the official auction, which will be conducted […]

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ROYAL ARMS REVISITED: National Symbol Redesigned on 2015 United Kingdom £1 Coin

The Royal Mint has issued a new £1 coin for 2015 portraying Timothy Noad’s contemporary reworking of the Royal Arms, in a heraldic celebration of the United Kingdom. Featuring Jody Clark’s ‘fifth portrait’ of Her Majesty The Queen on the obverse, this new commemorative The Royal Arms 2015 United Kingdom £1 coin is being issued […]

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