Category Archives: Women on Coins

Incredible Semi-Dated Elizabethan Gold Pound at Stack’s Bowers NYINC 2021 Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Few English monarchs have had such a storied and pivotal reign as Elizabeth I, ruling for nearly 45 years until her death in 1603. The daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, she ascended to the throne in 1558 following the […]

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The German Princess Who Became a Russian Empress: Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Much like another female ruler some two centuries prior (Elizabeth I in England), an empress in Russia would oversee great national growth in both land and power, and have a “golden age” associated with her reign. What is different, however, is that this ruler […]

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Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Designs to be Reviewed by CCAC

The United States Mint announces that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a telephonic public meeting November 17, 2020. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs pertaining to United States coinage. Agenda: Review and discussion […]

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Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Silver Dollar on Sale August 18

The United States Mint will accept orders for 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar products beginning at noon EDT on August 18, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which gave women the right to vote. Available product options will be as follows: Introductory pricing […]

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Ancient and Medieval Coins as Royal Propaganda

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. How does a monarch solidify legitimacy? What tools can be drawn upon to project power? Since a centralized state monopolizes the use of force, the monarch has it within his prerogative to wage war. If successful, an “US” versus “THEM” conflict is a surefire unifier of people, as personified […]

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Byzantine Coinage of the Empress Irene – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. ATHENS IN THE eighth century was a provincial small town living on memories of past glories. But its aristocrats were proud of their daughters, reputedly the most talented and beautiful women in the Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) empire. When Emperor Constantine V needed a bride for his son and heir, […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Price of Women’s Suffrage, Colorized Basketball Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff …. The United States Mint has announced its introductory and regular pricing for its three 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial commemorative program products, as well as for the colorized versions of the 2020 National Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative silver dollar and clad half dollar. Women’s Suffrage Centennial To commemorate the centennial […]

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Maria Montessori Commemorated on New Italian Bimetallic Coin

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

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Maria Montessori Commemorated on New Italian Bimetallic Coin

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

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United States Mint Announces Design for 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar

On Tuesday, April 21, the United States Mint officially announced the design for the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar, celebrating the milestone 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This distinctive silver dollar coin marks a signature achievement in our nation’s history. “This coin pays homage to the 19th Amendment’s adoption, and […]

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Modern Coin Profiles: United States 1979-P Susan B. Anthony Dollar

The Birth (and Death) of the Modern Small Dollar Of all of the coins struck over the long career of the United States Mint, no coin had as much support from the federal government only to see it immediately cast aside upon release as the Susan B. Anthony dollar. Even the Morgan dollar, a large […]

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No School? Use Pocket Change to Help Educate Children at Home

National Coin Week, April 19-25, 2020, emphasizes that money is history you can hold in your hands Common, everyday pocket change at home can be used to help educate children whether their schools are temporarily closed or not, according to the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA). The 25,000-member organization will mark the 97th annual National […]

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Streaming News: Conan the Special Ops Military Dog (and Other Proposed Commemorative Coin Programs)

  Forthcoming Commemorative Coin Programs: 2020 National Basketball Hall of Fame The Coins: gold $5, silver $1, clad half dollar Struck to honor the 60th Anniversary of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The program features curved coins similar to those struck for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and 2019 Apollo 11 50th […]

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Female Cricketer on Australian Coin for 1st Time in Celebration of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

By Royal Australian Mint …… To celebrate what is set to be a historic year for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Royal Australian Mint and retail partner Woolworths have teamed up to release a limited edition $2 coin. The coin, created by The Royal Australian Mint, is the […]

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2020 Native American $1 Coin Products on Sale Feb. 12

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for product options containing the 2020 Native American $1 Coin on February 12 at noon EST. The theme of the coin is Elizabeth Peratrovich and Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Law. The reverse design features a portrait of Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage […]

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Q. David Bowers: Coin Ladies Quiz, Part 1

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997. 1. This lady, the wife of Anthony de Francisci, the sculptor who created the motif of the Peace silver dollar, is said to have posed for the image of Miss Liberty on the obverse. […]

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

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

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Modern Coin News – U.S. Bill Proposes Women’s History Quarter Program

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On March 27, 2019, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA13) introduced a bill to authorize the Treasury Department to strike a new multi-year quarter series of changing reverses honoring women’s history and the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed a woman’s right to vote in 1920. The new program would […]

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NGC Ancients: Late Roman Coin Obverse Types

Roman Emperors and many of their family members had coins with their portraits issued By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Coins of the Late Roman Empire offer a treasure trove of interesting designs at affordable prices. This has long attracted specialists to the field, as collectors can acquire intriguing, historical coins without having to sacrifice […]

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

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

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Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Athenian New Style Tetradrachm

New Tetradrachm Overview: The new style of Athenian “owl”–so-called due to the iconic image of Athena’s owl on the reverse–originated in a Greece newly conquered by the Romans. While retaining a profile of the Greek goddess Athena on the obverse and an owl (one of her symbols) on the reverse, several elaborate additions had been […]

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

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

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

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

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NGC Ancients: Classic Greek Coins, Part 4

David Vagi continues his discussion of the designs of select ancient Greek coins in the fourth of a multi-part series By David Vagi – Director, NGC Ancients ……   As our survey of Greek silver coins continues, we’ll depart from the geographical format and investigate the coins of the Hellenistic Kingdoms. With the expansion of the […]

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

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

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

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

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Modern US Coins – New Bill Puts Notable Women on Quarter Reverses

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On March 15, U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA13) and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME2) introduced H.R. 5308 – the Women’s History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act – to Congress. The bill celebrates the 100th anniversary of the amendment that guarantees a woman’s right to vote by requiring the […]

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U.S. Mint to Issue Commemorative Breast Cancer Awareness Coins March 15

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for product options in the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Coins Program beginning on March 15 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Public Law 114-148—the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act—authorizes this three-coin program in recognition of America’s fight against breast cancer. The program includes a clad coin, a […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Pricing for Breast Cancer Pink Gold Commemorative Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Tuesday, January 30, the United States Mint announced pricing for the silver $1 and clad half dollar 2018 Breast Cancer Coin Awareness commemorative . Prices for the gold $5 commemorative are determined by the Mint’s Numismatic and Commemorative Gold and Platinum Products pricing grid, available on its website, […]

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

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

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

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

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New Standard Work on Coins of Queen Isabel II of Spain Now Available

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are proud to announce the availability of Pat O’Connor’s new book The Coins of Isabel II of Spain: A Detailed Study of the Coins, Patterns, and Medals of Her Reign. This exhaustive yet easy-to-use reference work covers all of the coins issued during her reign (1833-1868), providing full color illustrations […]

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Ireland Issues €10 Silver Proof Eileen Gray Commemorative Coin

By Central Bank of Ireland …. Collector coin celebrating renowned Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray First collector coin issued by the Central Bank commemorating the achievements of an Irish woman Coin will be on sale from November 30 On November 30, the Central Bank of Ireland issued a €10 limited edition silver proof collector […]

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France 2016 Women of France: Joan of Arc 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The 2016 France Joan of Arc 10 Euro silver Proof coin pays homage to the female military leader who rattled English intruders in France and paid the ultimate price for it. Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc) was a peasant girl born circa January 6, 1412 to Jacques d’Arc, a tenant farmer, and Isabelle Romée […]

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France 2016 Women of France: Queen Matilda 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The 2016 Queen Matilda 10 Euro Silver Proof coin is part of a series of French coins honoring great women in France’s culture and history. This Women of France coin series issued by the Monnaie de Paris commemorates the life of Matilda of Flanders (1031-1083). The wife of William the Conqueror, Queen Matilda was […]

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France 2016 Women of France: Queen Matilda 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The 2016 Queen Matilda 10 Euro Silver Proof coin is part of a series of French coins honoring great women in France’s culture and history. This Women of France coin series issued by the Monnaie de Paris commemorates the life of Matilda of Flanders (1031-1083). The wife of William the Conqueror, Queen Matilda was […]

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Portugal to Issue €5 Queens of Europe: Catherine of Braganza Commemorative Coin

By Central Bank of Portugal ….. The Central Bank of Portugal (Banco de Portugal) will put a cupronickel-alloy collector coin into circulation starting 13 September 2016, with a face value of €5, entitled ‘D. Catarina de Bragança’ (Catherine of Brazanga), within the ‘Queens of Europe series’. The coin will be distributed to the public through […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 5, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 5, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Newman Numismatic Portal Update The Newman Numismatic Portal will be represented at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, California next week. Stop by and visit, or attend one of our presentations. Our schedule is: Wednesday, August 10: […]

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Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: The Wandering Emperor’s Wife

By Heritage Auctions ….. The Roman empress Vibia Sabina (83 CE – 136/137) was both the wife and second cousin, once removed, of Roman emperor Publius Aelius Hadrianus (Hadrian). The path that took her to that exalted perch, and put her face on our gold coin, was long and winding. Sabina’s mother was Salonina Matidia, the […]

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The First Real Woman to Appear on a Coin

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….. The earliest coins, which emerged around 650 BCE on the shores of the Aegean Sea, depicted ancient symbols of power such as the lion and the bull. Shortly after 500 BCE images of mythological beings start to appear on the coinage of Greek cities: gods, heroes, and imaginary creatures like […]

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