Category Archives: World War I

Royal Mint Commemorates 100 Years of the Unknown Warrior With Remembrance Day Coin

As the original maker of UK coins, The Royal Mint has marked milestone moments in history for over a thousand years. Now it has revealed a new coin, created in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, to commemorate Remembrance Day 2020. The coin’s designer Natasha Preece, who works at The Royal Mint, captures this poignant […]

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Medals in Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction Showcase Cultural History of China

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… A German Medal and the Chinese Connection to World War I Though western Europe and the United States were all initially allied in their approach to opening up China during the mid-late 19th century, civil unrest toward the emerging colonizers led to Germany seeking […]

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CoinWeek Stream: Fascinating World War I Medals to be Auctioned April 22

 CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan discusses some great World War I medals struck in Europe to commemorate key moments in the Great War. For much of the western world, World War I took on the air of a religious war- with zealous fervor wrapped in a flag of Imperialism. At the end of the great […]

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Stack’s Offers World War I Medals in Exonumia Sale

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is presenting a special April Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction of over 160 lots of exonumia. These pieces represent three different topics: the works of Jacques Wiener mostly comprising his famous, intricately engraved architectural series; World War I medals from a variety of issuers on each side of the great conflict, and the massive opera of Karl Goetz, ranging from historical to satirical themes.
Starting off this sale are numerous offerings from the brothers Wiener, led mostly by Jacques

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Standing Tall Against Controversy and Scandal – The Standing Liberty Quarter

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… One of my favorite 20th-century coin designs has always been the Standing Liberty quarter. It replaced the staid and certainly not provocative Barber quarter, which had been struck since 1892. But was the Standing Liberty quarter a controversial coin? Let’s review a quick history of this quarter dollar. In […]

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The General and the Student—A Personalized, Unique Gold Medal Following the Brutality of World War I

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Ferdinand Foch, a French general and military strategist, served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the latter part of World War I, ultimately guiding the allies to victory in their defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918. As a result of […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Honours Newfoundland and Labrador With Forget-Me-Not Silver Coin

For Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual Memorial Day, the Royal Canadian Mint has remembered the province’s veterans and fallen of the First World War with a fine silver Forget-me-not collector coin. The Mint proudly unveiled this coin on July 1 at a ceremony hosted by Her Honour, The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland […]

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100 Years Since Australia Signed Treaty of Versailles Marked by Coins Depicting Figure of Peace

By Royal Australian Mint …… The Royal Australian Mint released unique coins depicting the female figure of peace in commemoration of the historic signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June, 1919 – one hundred years ago today. The intricately detailed coin design is inspired by the ‘Peace Medal – Triumph of Liberty & […]

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Classic US Coins: The 1921 Peace Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… The 1921 Peace Dollar has origins dating back to 1878 when the United States Congress passed the Bland-Allison Act. This measure required the Treasury Department to make a monthly purchase of $2 million in silver for the sole purpose of converting the metal into silver dollars. These pieces carried the […]

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PMG Currency Grading: German Vampire Notes

If you turn three German notes to the left at a 90-degree angle, there is an image that looks like a vampire   During the early 1920s, post-World War I Germany saw its economy spiraling out of control. Hyperinflation took over the Weimar Republic from 1921 to 1923 (though it had begun slowly accelerating right […]

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Australia’s Centenary of Repatriation Recognized with New Circulating Colored $2 Coin

On April 23, the Royal Australian Mint announced a new circulating colored $2 coin marking the centenary of repatriation for Australian soldiers and nurses after the First World War. “The coin is an enduring acknowledgment of vital efforts to provide support to Australian service people, while at the same time commemorating a century of service,” […]

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Explore the ANA Money Museum From the Comfort of Home

Virtual Exhibits Transform the Way History is Seen   Money derives its value by being a medium of exchange, a unit of measurement, and a storehouse for wealth; it can be a shell, a metal coin, or a piece of paper. Money also provides a substantial record of the history and culture of civilizations dating […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Commemorates End of World War I Centennial With $2 “Armistice” Circulation Coin

In keeping with the tradition of issuing finely crafted coins remembering the sacrifices of Canadians who fought for our freedoms, the Royal Canadian Mint has proudly issued a two-dollar circulation coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. This coin recalls the signing of the historic peace treaty ending the First World War on November […]

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World Coins – New Commemoratives From Poland, Romania, Spain

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

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World Coins – New Commemoratives From Poland, Romania, Spain

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

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Romania: New gold coin issued to remember the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War

The National Bank of Romania has issued (29th May) new gold coins which mark the centenary anniversary of both the end of the First World War and the territorial additions to the country gained as part of the peace treaty which officially ended the hostilities.
Romania’s territorial gains during the negotiations, which ratified the Treaty of Versailles, were quite substantial, having taken control of a great portion of Transylvania away from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and what had previously been under the authority of Hungary

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The CCAC’s recommended designs for the 2019 American Legion coins

The following are descriptions of the artist submissions which won the most votes from Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) members for the gold, silver, and clad versions (obverse and reverse) of the upcoming American Legion coins:
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AL-G-O-03 commemorates the inception of the American Legion and its mission to serve America and its war veterans. The outer geometric rim design from the American Legion emblem, the Eiffel Tower, and V for victory represent the formation of the organization in Paris in 1919 at the end of World War I

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New Zealand: The Great War centenary anniversary series concludes with final “Back from the Brink” gold and silver coins

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have launched (12th March) the final installment of gold and silver proof coins which are part of an overall series that was made in remembrance of the centenary anniversary of the commencement and conclusion of the Great War — later referred to as World War I.
The gold and silver coins are the final pieces in the five-year First World War coin programme, which was begun in 2014 and drew attention to the contribution of the fighting men from New Zealand, who supported the home country of Great Britain from the very beginning

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Latest Entry in BEP’s Intaglio Print Collection Commemorates World War I Homefront

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to introduce, “Homefront”, one of three cards in the World War I – 100th Anniversary 2018 Intaglio Print Program. The Treasury Department issued Liberty Loans and Victory Bonds produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to assist with […]

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Jersey: Centenary anniversary of the Royal Air Force celebrated on new crown coin

The government and treasury of Jersey, Channel Islands, have issued new collector coins which are in celebration of one of the world’s first established fighting forces to take to the air and also develop major advances in flight technology. Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) came into its own during the fighting in Europe in World War I

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BEP Commemorates America’s Involvement in World War I with Intaglio Print Collection

By Bureau of Engraving and Printing …… The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is pleased to introduce the newest addition to the Intaglio Print Subscription Program, the World War I – 100th Anniversary 2018 Intaglio Print Collection. The Treasury Department issued Liberty Loans and Victory Bonds produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing […]

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United States 2018 World War I Army Veterans Centennial Silver $1 Commemorative Coin

Description: It was the “War to End All Wars”. When the United States entered the conflict on April 6, 1917, World War I had been raging for almost three years. During that time, the liberal President Thomas Woodrow Wilson had maintained the country’s political neutrality – despite his own feelings to the contrary and the […]

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U.S. Mint to Offer 2018 World War I Silver Dollar & Companion Medal Sets Jan. 17

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar and the World War I Centennial Silver Dollar and Medal Sets on January 17 at noon Eastern Time. Product information is below: The introductory sales period ends on February 20, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET, when regular pricing takes […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our valued readers

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers who have visited Coin Update this year a very happy holiday season. Christmas and the New Year seem to always arrive so soon and leave us all too quickly

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U.S. Mint Announces Pricing for 2018 WWI Centennial Silver Dollar Products

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   The United States Mint announced its pricing Monday for the 2018 World War I Centennial Commemorative Silver Dollar and the five accompanying silver medals honoring the branches of the U.S. military active in the war. All related 2018 WWI Commemorative products will be available from the Mint starting January […]

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U.S. Mint Hosts Ceremonial Strike of New 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

Congressionally Authorized Coin Honors America’s Veterans of World War I By United States World War One Centennial Commission ……   On Tuesday, November 28, the United States Mint hosted a ceremonial strike of the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar honoring the 100th anniversary of American participation in World War I. Gerald York, grandson […]

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Anniversaries and Icons on New Royal Canadian Mint Modern Collector Coins

Canadian symbols and cultural icons grace the newest offering of modern collector coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, which also shine a spotlight on a number of historic milestones. All of these collectibles are currently available to the public. Leading the list is the 70th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His […]

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World Mint News – New Australian Colored $2 Coin to Mark Remembrance Day

By Royal Australian Mint …… Symbolic purple flowers and green leaves of rosemary adorn Australia’s newest circulating two dollar coin unveiled on October 31 by Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack. Mr. McCormack, who is responsible for the Royal Australian Mint, was joined by Chief Executive Officer of the Mint Mr. Ross MacDiarmid and two […]

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U.S. Mint Reveals New Coin Product Release Schedule for Spring 2018

By CoinWeek News Staff …. At the United States Mint Forum, held at Mint headquarters in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, October 17, Numismatic Program Manager Ann Bailey delivered a presentation on next year’s upcoming numismatic product releases, at the end of which she promised that the first quarter schedule would appear on the Mint’s website […]

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The Royal Mint Issues Its 2017 Remembrance Day Coin

A member of The Royal Mint Coin Graphic Design Team has taken inspiration from the renowned poem “In Flanders Fields” as the foundation of this year’s Remembrance Day coin. The poppy is a symbol synonymous with remembrance and the traditions that surround it, making it the main focal point of the 2017 Remembrance Day coin. […]

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U.S. Mint Announces World War I Centennial Silver Medal Designs

The United States Mint has revealed the obverse and reverse designs for five silver medals that will be issued in conjunction with the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. Each medal, composed of 90 percent silver, pays homage to branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that were active in World War I. Design descriptions […]

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Canada: Centenary anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge honoured with new circulation $2 memorial coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued (5th October) a $2 commemorative circulation coin honouring the brave Canadians who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago and paved the way to the Allied victory which ended the First World War. This special circulation coin was specially unveiled at the Military Museums in Calgary

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Falkland Islands Honors Centennial of Royal Family with 4-Coin Set

Centenary of the House of Windsor set features four different monarchs Four-Coin Set featuring the House of Windsor Low mintage of 2,000 in Sterling Silver! Featuring HM Queen Elizabeth II young head Also available in Cupro Nickel Produced in Great Britain by Pobjoy Mint The Coins The House of Windsor has had a monumental impact […]

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Canada: Centenary anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge honoured with new circulation $2 memorial coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued (5th October) a $2 commemorative circulation coin honouring the brave Canadians who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago and paved the way to the Allied victory which ended the First World War. This special circulation coin was specially unveiled at the Military Museums in Calgary

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U.S. Mint Unveils Winning Designs for World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

The United States Mint unveiled the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Design Competition on Monday, October 9. The unveiling took place during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The designs, by LeRoy Transfield […]

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Royal Canadian Mint $2 Circulation Coin Commemorates Battle of Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary

  The Royal Canadian Mint has proudly issued a two-dollar commemorative circulation coin honoring the brave Canadians who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago and paved the way to the Allied victory that ended the First World War. This special circulation coin was unveiled today at The Military Museums in Calgary. […]

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U.S. Mint to Unveil Designs for Commemorative Coin Honoring World War I Vets

WHAT: The United States Mint will unveil the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Designs Competition on Monday, October 9, opening day of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The coin designs will be […]

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Royal Mint Marks Birth of Royal Flying Corps with WWI Aviation 2017 UK £2 Coin

The Royal Mint is to continue its First World War ‘Outbreak to Armistice’ collection with the 2017 Aviation £2 coin, marking the contribution of aviators during the conflict. At the time of the outbreak of the First World War, few people believed that aircraft would play a major role. Hot-air balloons had been used for […]

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Military Decorations Displayed at ANA Money Museum

History buffs and military aficionados alike are sure to appreciate the new exhibit at the Money Museum, “Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance”, commemorating the 100th anniversary of “The Great War.” Operated by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the Money Museum exhibit honors WWI soldiers through a spectacular display of medals and military […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge with New Silver Collector Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has proudly issued a silver collector coin to honour and remember Canada’s soldiers who, fighting for the first time in a formation uniting all four divisions of the Canadian Corps 100 years ago, valiantly won the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge and paved the way to the Allied victory which ended […]

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ANA: Submissions Accepted for Sundman Lecture Series

April 14 Deadline Quickly Approaching The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is currently accepting proposals for the 2017 Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series. Presentations will be given August 2 during the symposium at the Denver World’s Fair of Money®. Proposals must be received by April 14. This year marks the 100th anniversary of United […]

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ANA: Submissions Accepted for Sundman Lecture Series

April 14 Deadline Quickly Approaching The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is currently accepting proposals for the 2017 Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series. Presentations will be given August 2 during the symposium at the Denver World’s Fair of Money®. Proposals must be received by April 14. This year marks the 100th anniversary of United […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 7, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for April 7 2017 Brain Food 1.) How tough is the new £5 note? The new UK’s new £5 bank note – made of polymer rather than paper – gets the “chemistry treatment”. Featuring Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff [Of popular Youtube channel Periodic Videos. The professor donated an equivalent […]

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Modern US Coins – CCAC to Discuss American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin March 15

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for March 15, 2017. Date: March 15, 2017. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST Location: Conference Room A&B, United States Mint, 801 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20220. Interested members of […]

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Last Chance to See Olympic Coins, Memorabilia at ANA Money Museum

Don’t miss a final opportunity to experience “Olympic Games—History and Numismatics” before its run closes at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Money Museum mid-April. This exhibit showcases the wide range of Olympic numismatic objects and memorabilia and explores the Games from their ancient beginnings to the modern revival. Notable artifacts on display include rare Syracusan […]

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American Numismatic Association Celebrates National Coin Week with Educational Activities

This year marks the 100th anniversary of United States involvement in “The War to End All Wars,” World War I. To honor the connection between numismatics and the military throughout history, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) selected “Conflict and Courage: Money and the Military” as the theme for the 94th annual National Coin Week, April […]

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Royal Mint Reflects Pioneering British Spirit with New UK Coin Designs for 2017

The Royal Mint has unveiled the new coin designs for 2017 – with a strong pioneering theme linking them all. These are the themes that will not only appear in circulation in pockets and purses in the UK, but will also be available in annual coin sets in precious metal and base proof finishes. The […]

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Royal Mint Reflects Pioneering British Spirit with New UK Coin Designs for 2017

The Royal Mint has unveiled the new coin designs for 2017 – with a strong pioneering theme linking them all. These are the themes that will not only appear in circulation in pockets and purses in the UK, but will also be available in annual coin sets in precious metal and base proof finishes. The […]

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2016 U.S. Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set Available Dec. 14

The 2016 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (product code 16RB) will be available for purchase starting on December 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $49.95, this set contains the following uncirculated quality $1 coins in production this year: Three Presidential $1 Coins Struck at the Philadelphia Mint, the obverses of […]

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Bank of Latvia Issues New Collector Coin “Christmas Battles”

By Bank of Latvia ….   On Tuesday, 6 December, Bank of Latvia (Latvijas Banka) is issuing a new 5 euro silver collector coin “Christmas Battles”. This coin is a dedication to the Latvian riflemen, heroes of the Christmas Battles, and their eternal contribution to the future. The Christmas Battles raged from 5 to 11 […]

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The Royal Mint Selects Designer for 2016 Remembrance Day Coin

A Royal Mint coin designer has taken inspiration from the wreath that lies at the foot of The Royal Mint’s on-site war memorial for the design of the organization’s 2016 commemorative £5 Remembrance Day coin. The memorial is formed of bricks from The Royal Mint’s previous location on Tower Hill, and honors colleagues who have […]

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New Guide Book of Peace Dollars Explores America’s Last Silver Dollar and the Mysterious 1964-D Coinage

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the updated and revised third edition of the Guide Book of Peace Dollars, by award-winning numismatic researcher Roger W. Burdette. The 288-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide on September 27, 2016, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online at www.Whitman.com). […]

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Germany 2016 Otto Dix 20 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The 2016 German 20 Euro silver commemorative coin honoring the 125th birthday of Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix celebrates an artist who had an illustrious career spanning the first seven decades of the 20th century. Dix was known for his striking, often controversial, art and illustrations laden with graphic war symbolism and gritty scenes criticizing […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Gold Is Hot This Year. So Are Fakes “If we sit and wait around for the government to take care of it, we’ll all be in real trouble,“ said Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals, a wholesale precious-metals trader… 2.) A […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Launches 4th Collector Coin Catalog Of 2015

1915’s Second Battle of Ypres, a tribute to the 1943-45 Victory Nickel and Canada’s safeguarding of Allied gold in the Second World War are among the fascinating stories told on Mint’s newest collector coins…. In launching its newest wave of collector coins, the Royal Canadian Mint is again exploring a broad spectrum of themes, ranging […]

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