Category Archives: World Coins

Royal Canadian Mint $2 Circulation Coin Marks 100th Anniversary of Discovery of Insulin

The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new $2 circulation coin celebrating the fact that, 100 years ago, four researchers achieved a Canadian medical breakthrough that changed the world forever. In 1921, the collaboration of Frederick Banting, Charles Best, James Collip, and John Macleod led to the isolation and purification of insulin and offered a […]

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Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Many–probably most–coins do not have any inherent directionality in the images or legends on their two sides. There may be some difference in the perceived importance or generality of their information, but each side may convey its information independently of the other. Thus, arbitrary conventions exist […]

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Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Many–probably most–coins do not have any inherent directionality in the images or legends on their two sides. There may be some difference in the perceived importance or generality of their information, but each side may convey its information independently of the other. Thus, arbitrary conventions exist […]

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Next to Last 50p Coin in Sea Creatures Series Available Now

New series of Sea Creatures 50p colored coins issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory Fifth release in a six-coin series features the yellow longnose butterflyfish Low issue limit of 2,750 Also available in Proof Sterling Silver with an incredibly low issue limit of 175 worldwide   The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to […]

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Royal Australian Mint Releases Limited Edition Olympic and Paralympic Coins

By Royal Australian Mint …… Woolworths and the Royal Australian Mint are helping customers show their support for the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams by releasing a range of $2 limited edition themed coins, available in supermarket registers from tomorrow, July 14. Six exclusive and unique $2 coins will be available to collect, with a […]

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Künker eLive Auction 67: Ancient, World Coins and Military Orders and Decorations

Künker eLive Auction 67 is online. From now on you can study all pieces of the upcoming auction at your leisure. You can expect more than 1,500 lots, from the ancient world to modern times – as well as more than 900 lots of orders and decorations. The auction begins on Monday evening with rarities […]

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Brazilian Coins Presented in Heritage Showcase Auction

The latest Showcase auction of World & Ancient Coins from Heritage Auctions features A Special Selection of Brazilian Coins, Part III, offered entirely without reserve. This auction, a followup to our earlier offerings in July and November of 2020, features Brazilian selections for all numismatic budgets. These lots are open for bidding now, ending with […]

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Gold Bullion Spotlight: The South Africa Krugerrand

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… South Africa 1967 Krugerrand PCGS MS67 The modern bullion coin market wouldn’t exist without the forerunner that, at one point, was the world’s most traded bullion unit: the South African Krugerrand. While bullion gold was quite common prior to the Krugerrand’s introduction in 1967, the coin’s convenient one-ounce form […]

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Pobjoy Mint Presents Team GB Equestrian Athlete Oliver Townend With 50p Olympic Coin

Taya Pobjoy, Mint Master and Head of Pobjoy Mint Ltd, had the opportunity to meet Oliver Townend, British eventing rider, and presented him with our Summer Olympic Games: Equestrian 50 pence coin issued on behalf of the Government of Gibraltar. The mint master presented the coin to Oliver and wished him good luck on his […]

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Perth Mint Issues Chinese Myths and Legends Dragon 2021 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

The Perth Mint has just released a 2oz gold Proof high-relief coin featuring the most revered animal in Chinese culture, the mythical dragon. Traditionally regarded as a symbol of the emperor, the Chinese dragon is admired as benevolent, noble, and a potent symbol of abundance and good fortune. It is serpentine in appearance and shaped […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #161: Let’s Get Medieval: Mike Markowitz on Coins of the Middle Ages

The CoinWeek Podcast is brought to you by PCGS. Check out PCGS’ new grading specials and take advantage of an exclusive offer to get a PCGS limited-edition 35th Anniversary Silver PCGS Box. You can also save money on Canadian banknote submissions and coin variety attributions. Visit pcgs.com/ccspecial to learn more. This Week, CoinWeek Ancients writer […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents Loch Ness Collection of Scottish Coins in ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to feature the Loch Ness Collection of Scottish Coins in their Official World Coin Auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money. It is a landmark cabinet that will stand as a reference of quality and rarity for generations to come. It provides a magnificent showcase across six centuries of […]

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Results of Künker 50th Anniversary Auction 350 of German and World Coins

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, On July 1, the 350th auction sale from Künker ended with great success! We would like to thank our bidders and consignors from the bottom of our hearts for the great trust you have once again placed in us! We would also like to thank you for the numerous congratulations […]

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Royal Australian Mint Features Cheetah on Latest Australian Zoo Investment Coin

By Royal Australian Mint …… The 2021 $1 1oz Silver Investment Coin – Cheetah is the second instalment in the Australia Zoo Investment Coin series, following last year’s release of the Sumatran tiger coins. Native to Africa, cheetahs are also residents at Queensland’s Australia Zoo and are the fastest land animal on the planet. Known […]

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The Semi-Key Canadian Cents of the 1920s

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… A new era in Canadian numismatics commenced when Canada replaced its large cent with the smaller-sized one-cent coin in May 1920. The move was made due to the economics behind rising copper prices and the shrinking consumer value of a cent. Canada’s large cent weighs 5.67 grams and has […]

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Heritage Summer Hong Kong World Coin, Currency Auctions Exceed $10.5 Million

Rare Chinese dollar coins were the focus as Heritage’s June 23-25 auctions of World and Ancient Coins and rare World Paper Money raised over $10.5 million for their consignors. These auctions were held in conjunction with the biannual Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF). All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. A magnificent “Standard Pattern” […]

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Croatia Celebrates 30 Years of Independence With Limited Edition Gold and Silver Coin Sets

30 Years of Croatian Independence June 25, 2021, marked the 30th anniversary of independence in Croatia. In 1991, barely three months after the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, the Croatian parliament made the historic decision to separate the nation from the Yugoslav Federation. The decision was preceded by a referendum in which 93.24% […]

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Royal Australian Mint Issues Mini Koala $2 Half Gram Gold Coin

By Royal Australian Mint ……   The Mini Koala – 2021 $2 half gram gold Frosted Uncirculated coin features one of Australia’s most recognizable and distinctive marsupials, the koala. Koalas inhabit coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia and live mostly on eucalypt leaves. Disease and loss of habitat have reduced populations and koalas are […]

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Latest £2 Queen’s Beasts Coin Features White Horse of Hanover

New Series of £2 Bimetallic coins featuring the Queen’s Beasts issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory Fifth release in 10-coin series features “The White Horse of Hanover” Low issue limit of 2,750 Also available in Proof Sterling Silver with an even lower issue limit of 475 Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce […]

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New 50 Pence Coin Series to Celebrate Rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

2021-dated 5-Coin Set features five key sports Incredibly Low Issue Limit of 3,750 in Base Metal and 495 in Proof Silver To commemorate the Summer Olympic Games which were meant to take place in 2020, Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a new 50 pence series produced on behalf of the Government […]

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Napoleon I Essai, Basel “Glückhennentaler” in Gold Among World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We hope everyone is doing well and that you may have some nice summer plans in store. This month we have brought together quite an interesting selection of coins and medals for your consideration. If you see something of interest, we look forward to hearing from you. Atlas Numismatics remains actively […]

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New Handbook on Swedish Coins and Banknotes Now Available

By Coin & Currency Institute …… A new book on all the coins of Sweden from 995 to 2021 is now available in a compact, 512-page, full color, 8.25×5.75 inch format, and at a price of just $9.95 USD (plus $5.75 postage & handling). Myntårsboken 995-2021 (or Coin Yearbook 995-2021), is by the Swedish numismatist […]

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An Extremely Rare Platinum Russian Coin Graded by PCGS

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Russia 1845 СПБ 6 Rubles – Ex Hutten-Czapski and Mikhailovich Collections – PCGS PR65DCAM For Russian numismatics, there are many rarities and highly desirable coins. In a recent submission that came into the PCGS Europe office in Paris, a coin was submitted that meets many “dream” categories for those […]

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Final Coin in Big Cats of the World Half Gram Gold Series Features the Cougar

Issue Limit of Only 199 Coins   The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the fifth and final coin in the Big Cats of the World series featuring the cougar. This stunning series is issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, produced in magnificent Half Gram Gold to truly capture the power of […]

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Künker Summer Auction Sale #350: Popken Collection and Rarities From Germany

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Künker takes pride in the fact that so many clients trust us, not only when they are building a collection but also when it comes to making their collection re-enter the cycle of collecting. The lösers we are able to offer you in this auction come from the Friedrich Popken […]

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Contemporary Chinese Coins Gaining on Century-Old Counterparts at Heritage Auctions’ HKINF Event

Highlights make world premiere at Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair official auctions June 25-27   A collector’s pick of world and ancient coins among the nearly 1,000 lots on offer may see contemporary Chinese coins ready to grow in market share at this spring’s Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) official auctions. The coin show […]

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SS Central America Foreign Gold Coins Set Record Prices in Goldberg’s Auction

  The allure of coveted treasure from the fabled “Ship of Gold”, SS Central America, resulted in record bids of up to eight times pre-sale estimates for 76 world gold coins in an auction conducted by Ira and Larry Goldberg in Los Angeles and online on June 15, 2021. “This was the first time these […]

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The Early Coinage of Modern Lebanon—An Array of High Grade Offerings

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following World War I and the demise of the once vast and powerful Ottoman Empire, various parts of the realm were partitioned off, including the land that makes up present-day Lebanon. In this case, France held a mandate officially meant to foster future states, […]

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Fourth Coin in 50p Series Featuring Sea Creatures From Pobjoy Mint

New series of Sea Creatures 50p colored coins issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory Fourth release in a six-coin series features the checkerboard wrasse Low issue limit of 2,750 Also available in Proof Sterling Silver with an incredibly low issue limit of 175 worldwide Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the fourth […]

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A Caffeinated Tour of the American Numismatic Society Collection

By John Thomassen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… In the world of humorous coffee shop signs, there is one that has always rung particularly true for this numismatic devotee: “I Don’t Drink Coffee To Wake Up, I Wake Up To Drink Coffee.” For many, coffee and tea drinks are mere caffeine delivery systems with […]

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PCGS Around the World – The Thailand Pattern Coin From Paris That Was Too Late

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Many pattern coins are created as samplings, with their rejection caused by the selection of another design. However, for Thailand pattern coins made by the Paris Mint, the design never went into issue for another reason: the death of the beloved monarch King Rama V. It may be hard […]

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VAMs and Dimple Morgan Dollars Reflected in Month-Long Auction

The latest month-long auction of US coins from Heritage Auctions focuses on the ever-popular Morgan Dollar series, with an offering consisting of VAM varieties as well as Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike Morgans. This auction is open for bidding now, with the concluding live session scheduled for Tuesday, June 22 at 6 PM CT. This […]

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Fin Whale Features on New Bi-Color Titanium Coin

New one-of-a-kind bi-color titanium coin Features the magnificent Fin Whale Limited to 5,000 coins worldwide Also available in Uncirculated cupro-nickel The Pobjoy Mint series of colored titanium coins featuring the wildlife of British Overseas Territories continues with a fabulous new issue from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The new coin highlights the fin […]

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Two-Headed British Pattern Coin Among World Rarities in MDC Monaco Sale

An extremely rare British Gold Pattern Dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is among the offerings in a sale presented by renowned European auction house MDC Monaco. It is one of more than a dozen NGC-certified coins that have a starting price over € 100,000 in the sale, which is being held on June […]

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Commemorative Coin Minted to Mark 50th Anniversary of Battle of Long Khanh

By Royal Australian Mint …… To mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Khanh, one of Australia’s last battles during the Vietnam War, the Royal Australian Mint has released a new commemorative coin. Developed in collaboration with members from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), the coin pays tribute to the brave […]

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Two NGC-Graded Vintage Chinese Coins From NC Collection Realize Over $1 Million Each

The finest known example of a Chinese coin designed by Luigi Giorgi dazzled the coin collecting world, realizing $1.34 million at a Champion Macau auction that ended May 30, 2021. It more than quadrupled its pre-auction estimate of $150,000 to $300,000. The China YR 3 (1911) Silver Dollar Long Whiskered Dragon graded NGC MS 64 features a […]

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Gold and Platinum Premium Firefighter Coins New From CIT

A Triumph of Minting Technology: Firefighter 2021 At the beginning of this year, CIT Coin Invest released after the 2020 “Fighter Pilot” the second issue of its Real Heroes series. Honoring the heroes of 11 September 2001, a tragedy that happened exactly 20 years ago, this issue is dedicated to firefighters around the globe. A […]

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Royal Australian Mint Offers Chance to Appear in Australia’s Longest Running Comic Strip, Ginger Meggs

By Royal Australian Mint …… The Royal Australian Mint is marking a century of Australia’s most iconic comic strip, Ginger Meggs, with the release of two limited-edition colored coin sets. To celebrate the release, the Mint is offering a lucky Australian the once in a lifetime opportunity to be drawn into a Ginger Meggs comic […]

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10 Kilo Silver Coin From Perth Mint Celebrates Year of the Ox 2021

This magnificent 10-kilo silver coin celebrates the Year of the Ox, the second of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar ox in 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, and every 12th preceding year, are said to be kind, intelligent, honest, and reliable. Admired for […]

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Tauler and Fau Auction 87 of Ancient, Spanish and World Coins Now Open Through June 9

Auction 87 from Tauler & Fau features 374 lots and closes on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, beginning at 04:00 p.m. (CEST), exclusively online. The catalogue is already available at www.tauleryfau.com. This sale features an important selection of numismatic rarities of Ancient, Spanish, and World coins. You will find among the Greek coins a rare and […]

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Queen’s Beasts Bimetallic Coin Series Continues With Red Dragon of Wales

New series of £2 bimetal coins featuring the Queen’s Beasts issued on behalf of British Indian Ocean Territory Fourth release of a 10-coin series featuring “The Red Dragon of Wales” Low issue limit of 2,750 Also available in Proof sterling silver with an incredibly small issue limit of 475 Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce […]

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Champion Auction of NC Collection of Chinese Coins Attracts Large Bids

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. On May 29-30, Champion Auctions conducted a sale of the NC Collection of Chinese rarities certified by NGC. The collection was assembled over 45 years by Nelson Chang, a commodities trader and member of “a family of renowned collectors,” according to an earlier article by NGC. Estimates for the […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Offer Real Doge Coins of Venice in June Collectors Choice Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… In the news a bit recently, riding the wave of crypto-mania and through the hyping of Elon Musk, Dogecoin has seen great gains as supporters attempt to make it the next bitcoin. The “currency” is based upon a popular meme from the summer of […]

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Künker Celebrates Firm’s 50th Anniversary With Rare World Coins of Auction 350

Two anniversaries at once: 1 July 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Münzenhandlung Fritz Rudolf Künker. Additionally, Künker’s 350th auction will take place. That’s reason enough for a numismatic firework with many rarities! * * * Künker’s 350th auction will take place from 29 June to 1 July 2021. This is another […]

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Rare World, Shipwreck Coins Set Record Sedwick Auction

Strong bids for rare world and shipwreck coins surpassed $4.07 million in Daniel Frank Sedwick’s May 7, 8, & 10 Treasure Auction 29. This is a new record for the auction firm and an indicator of a robust market for collectible coins and currency. The top-selling coin in the sale was the single finest Mexico […]

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Gold and Cu-Ni Coins Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Last Morgan, First Peace Dollars Now Available

The 1 oz silver bullion coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the last Morgan and first Peace dollars has already sold out, but The Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce that the design to commemorate the centenary of the transition of the Morgan dollar to the Peace dollar is now available in Uncirculated cupro-nickel and […]

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The Franc: A Coin, a Currency, an Orphan

By Gilles Bransbourg for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ……   The Franc is one of the oldest and most widespread currency units in the world, currently the official currency of 25 states or autonomous territories. However, the Franc was never intended to become the name of a currency until the French kingdom issued a specific […]

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Perth Mint Issues 2021 Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2oz Silver Reverse Proof Ultra High Relief Piedfort Coin

This majestic wedge-tailed eagle silver coin, featuring artistry prepared exclusively for The Perth Mint by renowned US designer John M. Mercanti, showcases a new ultra-high relief strike, a coining technique that offers an even greater three-dimensional aspect to the coin’s reverse design. Sublimely crafted, the spectacular bird stands especially proud of the coin’s delicately frosted, […]

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Silver Bullion Coin Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Last Morgan, First Peace Dollars

Limited to ONLY 5,000 fine 999. silver bullion 1 oz coins worldwide Unique Reverse Frosted background The Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce a new 2021 coin to mark the Centenary of the transition of the Morgan Dollar to Peace Dollar to “commemorate this significant evolution of American Freedom”. The Morgan Dollar was minted from […]

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SS Central America Sunken Treasure World Gold Coins in Goldberg Auction

First offering of these historic coins retrieved in 2014 from the Atlantic Ocean site where the fabled “Ship of Gold” sank in 1857   Two of the finest known, very rare 1855 and 1856 Australian sovereigns–as well as an interesting mix of 74 other sunken treasure gold coins from Europe and South America that were […]

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The Falcon Lake Incident: UFOs on World Coins

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Canada 2018 $20 – Falcon Lake Incident – PCGS PR70DCAM Since early times, reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in the sky have been recorded and disputed. Claims range from the Roman historian Titus Livius (Livy) saying “navium speciem de caelo adfulsisse” (phantom ships had been seen gleaming in […]

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Medieval World Coins: The Allan Evans Papers

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The many treasures of the American Numismatic Society’s (ANS) archives include not only the Society’s own history and papers documenting the activities of many of its former staff and officers. There are also resources for researchers, many of which document the activities of numismatic collectors or […]

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Counterfeit World Coins: South Korea 1959 50 Hwan

There is a danger in complacency   By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Just because something is common, not very expensive, or of modern production doesn’t mean that it will not be a target for counterfeiters looking to profit from people’s complacency concerning the authenticity of such coins. Recently in a submission of modern coins […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Issues Collector Coin Celebrating Manitoba 150

In celebration of Manitoba Day, the Royal Canadian Mint announced a new collector coin honoring the 150th anniversary of Manitoba’s entry into Confederation. Even though the pandemic delayed its release and the broader celebration of Manitoba 150 by a year, this coin will ensure that present and future generations appreciate the unique story of Manitoba, […]

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Crown of Iron: Coins of the Lombard Kings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. THE LOMBARDS, A tribe that traced their origin to Scandinavia, migrated into Eastern Europe in the fifth century CE, earning a reputation for ferocity in that war-torn land. Under their king Alboin (reigned c. 560-572), they invaded northern Italy around 568, where their name endures today in […]

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Una and the Lion Propel Heritage World and Ancient Coin Auction to $9 Million

Two examples of the 1839 British Proof “Una and the Lion” Five Pounds coin took top honors in Heritage Auctions’ May 6-7 World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction. Overall nearly $9 million USD in rare world and ancient coins changed hands, with more than 3,200 bidders participating. All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. […]

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Monnaie de Paris Release Coins and Medals to Commemorate the Smurfs

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. In 1958, the Belgian comic artist Pierre “Peyo” Culliford created Les Schtroumpfs. These lovable little blue dwarfs–more commonly known by their Dutch name, Smurfs–have since become famous across the world. Initially printed in the Belgian comics magazine Spirou and viewed as secondary characters for Peyo’s other series Johan & […]

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Rare Error Coins Emerges From Somalia Elephant Series

German coin dealership Emporium Hamburg has announced that an error coin has emerged from its own 2014 series of 1/50-ounce ‘Somalia Elephant’ bullion coins. This error coin can only be identified as such when placed on precision scales. The piece does not weigh 0.62 g, but 0.5 g, a difference that is not visible to […]

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Gold Bullion Spotlight: The Other Vintage Bullion Mexican Coinage

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… A previous Gold Bullion Spotlight featuring the popular Mexico Centenario coinage offers a look at one of the most popular types of Mexican gold coins from yesteryear. Yet several other vintage coins from Mexico also trade at or very close to their bullion value. Here we will highlight these […]

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Austrian Mint Reveals Latest Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Coin from Supersaurs Series

By Austrian Mint …… 3 Euro Deinonychus antirrhopus Size isn’t everything, and Deinonychus antirrhopus is a case in point. The seventh entry in the superlative Supersaurs series of 3 euro glow-in-the-dark coins from the Austrian Mint may only have been three-and-a-half meters in length, but it was one of the most dangerous and intelligent dinosaurs […]

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Atlas Numismatics New World Coins Include Monster Prussia 5 Mark Silver Pattern

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We have been enjoying a pleasant spring here in New York with many exceptional blooming trees and colorful flowers this year. We’ve also been hard at work preparing more great coins and medals for your consideration. We hope that you may find something of interest as you browse our latest inventory. […]

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An American and Saudi Arabian Gold Coin Featured in Stack’s Bowers June World Coin Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… American interest in foreign oil supplies increased following World War I, with a focus on the Middle East in particular. The Standard Oil of California company entered into an agreement with Saudi Arabia in 1933 that would allow for the exploration of oil within […]

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Künker eLive Auction 66 of Ancient and World Coins Now Open

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, eLive Auction 66 from Künker starts today. From now on you can study all the pieces of the upcoming online auction at your leisure. You can look forward to more than 1,700 lots from ancient to modern times. The offer of the ancient coins impresses among others with Greek coins, […]

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Netherlands to Issue 2021 Gold Ducats by Reservation Only

Orders Being Accepted Until May 27 When Mintage Set, Reservations No Longer Guaranteed   By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Dutch Gold Ducat and Double Gold Ducat are appearing in another variation of their traditional, classic design for their 2021 issue from the Royal Dutch Mint. The first Gold Ducat with the legendary standing […]

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Royal Australian Mint Issues New Investment Coins Featuring Dolphin, Southern Skies

Fraser’s Dolphin Gold and Silver Investment Coins These coins are the third installment in the Royal Australian Mint’s ‘Australian Dolphin Series’ and feature the Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei), discovered by Francis Fraser in 1956. Complete with a Brilliant Uncirculated finish, both the gold coin and the silver coin’s reverse depicts two Fraser Dolphins as designed […]

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Swiss Mint Issues New Commemorative Coins: “50 Years of Women’s Right to Vote” and “Illusion – The Bridge of Life”

By Federal Mint Swissmint …… On April 29, 2021, the Federal Mint Swissmint will launch two new commemorative coins. With the gold coin “50 years of Swiss women’s right to vote”, Swissmint is commemorating the introduction of votes for women at federal level. “The Bridge of Life”, one of Sandro Del-Prete’s best-known works, adorns the […]

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Capture the Tears of the Moon in a Stunning New Silver Bullion Issue

The beliefs of the Inca take center stage in an impressive new silver coin release issued on behalf of the nation of Tuvalu. These beautiful coins with a domed central element offer up a glimpse of what the Incan people literally believed to be the Tears of the Moon, small bits of silver that rained […]

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NGC-Certified Vintage Coins From the Americas Featured in Sedwick Auction

Two highlights of the May sale were minted in Mexico and Colombia   Rare vintage coins from Latin America are being offered in Sedwick’s Treasure, World, US Coin, and Paper Money Auction 29, which features a variety of rarities certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The sale is comprised of six sessions being held May […]

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Coins for Good Luck, Talismans for Protection Latest Offerings From CIT

Numismatic Happiness CIT Coin Invest has been producing various series for years, whose products implement technical innovations on the one hand and are also popular with non-collectors as they are lucky charms and attractive presents. We present all new numismatic lucky charms CIT released in the first quarter of 2021. As usual with CIT, all […]

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The Coin Analyst: Celebrating 10 Years – Taking Stock and Looking Forward

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. After a decade and about 300 of these columns, it is time to take stock of what I have tried to do with this platform that has enabled me to continue growing as a numismatic writer and develop a wide range of contacts within the field. Let me […]

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The Adelaide Sovereign—Australia’s First Gold Coin

By Eric Eigner for PCGS …… Although the British Gold Sovereign is very well known, even among non-collectors, the Adelaide Sovereign remains a hidden gem and is much underrated. Like the British Gold Sovereigns minted in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, the Adelaide Sovereign owes its existence to a gold rush, a coinage shortage, and colonial […]

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Daniel Frank Sedwick’s Upcoming Treasure Auction 29 Now Online

Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction 29 Live on the Internet, Friday-Saturday, May 7-8 and Monday, May 10   By Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC …… After several months of working with consignors to bring you the best fresh material at realistic levels, we are proud and privileged to present to you our 29th […]

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Limited Edition MDM Blue Marble Coin Attracts High Bids

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. Two limited-edition spherical silver $5 coins with blue enamel depicting the Earth struck for Barbados by Münzen und Prägungen (MDM) this year are selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. With mintages of 999 each, one of the spherical “Blue Marble” coins has its continents rendered in antiqued silver […]

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Central States Heritage World and Ancient Coin Auction Open for Bidding

The Central States auction of world and ancient coins from Heritage Auctions is a perennial favorite, and this year’s auction is filled with an array of rarities. This auction opens Thursday morning, May 6, with a special session of Brazilian coins, which includes two notable collections. That evening, we will hold a Platinum Night session–the […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Hammers Highest-Grossing Auction Hosted Outside United States

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s biannual Hong Kong-based auctions continue to attract tremendous enthusiasm and participation, as illustrated by their April 2021 event. Featuring over 5,100 lots of coins, tokens, medals, and currency, this monumental sale broke numerous records on its way to realizing a total of over $35.55 million, with 96% of the lots selling. […]

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Michael T. Shutterly: Ten Coins I’d Love to Own

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. I enjoy coins for their artistry and for the history behind them. Because there are so many coins with an interesting history behind them, and because there are so many coins that demonstrate great artistry, I can think of far more than just Ten Coins I’d Love to […]

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Morgan Dollar VAM Varieties Offered by Heritage in Month-Long Auction

The latest month-long auction of US coins from Heritage Auctions focuses on the ever-popular Morgan dollar series, with an offering consisting of VAM varieties as well as Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike Morgans. This auction is open for bidding now, with the concluding live session scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at 10 pm CT. Collectors […]

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Take A Trip Down Route 66 With New CIT Open Roads Coin

Classic Car – Open Roads Cook Islands. 10 Dollars. 2021. Silver .999. 2 oz. 38.61 mm. Mintage: 999. Special technology: smartminting® (High Relief); Black Proof featuring details in Silk Finish and Proof. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Palau. 1 Dollar n.d. (2021). Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 13.92 mm. Special technology: smartminting, Special Shape, Silk Finish. […]

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Künker Spring Auction Sales 2021: 2,300 Bidders, from 4.8 to 9.3 Mil

Thanks to 2,300 bidders from all over the world, the total of Künker’s last auction sale resulted in almost twice its estimate. One reason for this success was the outstanding collections on offer. We present the top five from the Tesmer Collection of Brandenburg-Prussia and the top three from the extraordinary collection of Roman Alexandrian […]

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Treasure (Rhode) Island? Henry Every and Yemeni Coins Found in New England

By Oliver Hoover for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… On April 1, 2021, the Associated Press ran a story about a handful of small silver coins from 17th-century Yemen found by metal detectorists in New England and the theory advanced by Jim Bailey that these coins actually represent pirate plunder. In fact, he argues that […]

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Swiss Mint Receives Two Numismatic Guinness World Records

By Federal Mint Swissmint …… The Federal Mint Swissmint is delighted to be awarded two numismatic world records. Guinness World Records™ has recognized the ¼-franc gold coin issued in 2020 as the world’s smallest commemorative coin, and the 10-centime coin as the oldest unaltered coin still in circulation. Apart from the year-date, the obverse and […]

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Rare Asian Coins Break Records at Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction

Several Significant Rarities from the Pinnacle Collection and Graded by PCGS Cross the Block at April Hong Kong Auction   Some of the rarest coins from Asia and beyond crossed the auction block in Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) holders during the April Hong Kong Auction held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Many of the coins […]

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New £2 Queen’s Beasts Coin Features White Greyhound of Richmond

Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the second coin in the stunning new series of £2 bi-metal coins featuring the Queen’s Beasts. The coin, issued on behalf of British Indian Ocean Territory, features the White Greyhound of Richmond. The White Greyhound of Richmond is best known for bearing a shield of Tudor […]

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New £2 Queen’s Beasts Coin Features White Greyhound of Richmond

Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the second coin in the stunning new series of £2 bi-metal coins featuring the Queen’s Beasts. The coin, issued on behalf of British Indian Ocean Territory, features the White Greyhound of Richmond. The White Greyhound of Richmond is best known for bearing a shield of Tudor […]

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Royal Canadian Mint, Britain’s Royal Mint Team up to Celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 95th Birthday

Canadians and well-wishers across the United Kingdom can celebrate the 95th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a special coin set featuring fine silver keepsakes crafted by both the Royal Canadian Mint and Britain’s Royal Mint. Canada’s tribute to our shared sovereign’s personal milestone consists of a pure silver coin featuring a detailed […]

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NGC-Certified Chinese Coins From Illustrious NC Collection Offered by Champion Auctions in May

The NGC-certified NC Collection boasts hundreds of rarities carefully collected by one of China’s most famous families   Coins from the NC Collection — an outstanding group of vintage Chinese rarities certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) — will be offered in a sale presented by Champion Auctions that is set to take place on […]

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NGC-Graded Russian Coin Realizes $2.64 Million, Quadruple Its Pre-Auction Estimate

An incredibly rare Russian pattern coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) dazzled the coin collecting world by realizing $2.64 million USD at a Stack’s Bowers auction on Tuesday. It quadrupled its pre-auction estimate of $400,000 to $600,000 and set the record for most expensive world coin sold in a Stack’s Bowers auction. The Russia 1825 Constantine […]

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New PCGS Set Registry Awards for Toned Coins

Professional Coin Grading Service Launches Special Toned Coins Showcase with Awards, Cash Prizes   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced the launch of the 2021 PCGS Set Registry Toned Showcase Awards. This special Set Registry awards program is completely free and offers top prizes worth $2,500 each from our sponsors Legend Rare Coin Auctions […]

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The Tiger – Third Coin in Big Cat Half Gram Gold Coin Series to be Released

Issue Limit of Only 199 The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the third coin in its series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the World. This stunning series is issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, and is produced in half a gram of fine gold to truly capture the magic […]

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Record-Setting Paramount Collection Brings $41.94 Million at Heritage Auctions

Premier collection of World and Ancient coins draws bidders from around the world   An auction of 701 lots of World and Ancient coins reached $41,941,592 USD as The Paramount Collection shattered world records during a once-in-a-lifetime event held by Heritage Auctions. The March 25-27 event will go down in numismatic history as the most […]

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Next St. Lucia Coin Arrives in EC8 Series From Scottsdale Mint

The EC8 Series from the Scottsdale Mint launched in 2018 with a plan for a variety of beautiful designs, one each for the eight nations of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. Among those nations, St. Lucia is a founding member of the ECCB and one of the primary users of the Eastern Caribbean dollar, the […]

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CIT Inaugurates New Tiffany Art Series With Silver Coin Featuring Paris

Tiffany Art Metropolis: Paris Palau. 20 Dollars 2021. Silver .999. 3 oz. 55 mm. Proof. Special technology: smartminting® (Ultra High Relief); Tiffany glass inlay. Mintage: 999. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Palau. 50 Dollars 2021. Silver .999. 1 kg. 120 mm. Proof. Special technology: smartminting (Ultra High Relief); Tiffany glass inlay. Mintage: 99. B. H. […]

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Results of Künker Spring Auction Sales of Ancient and World Coins

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, The Künker Spring Auction Sales #347-349 recently ended with a very astonishing result, even for us. The total hammer price for the auction week reached over nine million euros (about $10.6 million USD) – and therewith almost doubled the original estimate of 4.7 million euros. This kind of increase to […]

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African Buffalo Makes a Mark on South African Mint’s Big Five Coin Series

By South African Mint …… The South African Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank, has released two new coin ranges for 2021 including the highly anticipated Big Five African buffalo coin. Coin collectors keenly waiting to complete their Big Five range can now heave a sigh of relief. Introduced in […]

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Canada 2016 100th Anniversary Women’s Right to Vote $1 Coin

Description: A century ago, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta granted most women the right to vote in provincial elections, beginning the journey that would one day lead to securing voting rights for women across Canada. This hard-won victory in the Prairie Provinces was the result of years of campaigning by women’s groups, beginning as early as […]

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Louis Golino: Ten Coins I’d Love to Own

  By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. The 10 coins I would love to own include four modern and four classic American coins and two modern world issues. There are plenty of pieces that would be part of my list if it included more than 10 coins, from ancient coins like a nice Greek […]

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Outlandish Alteration of a Chinese Dollar

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… With vintage Chinese coins, I have come to see unimaginably fantastic forgeries and alterations. Yet one alteration goes above and beyond. In a submission from the PCGS Asia office in Hong Kong, a coin was submitted as a Chinese Manchuria Year 33 (1907) Dollar, yet the entire coin had […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offers Pinnacle Collection Samurai-Era Gold Plate Money From Feudal Japan

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Within the incredible Pinnacle Collection, a featured cabinet in the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April 2021 Hong Kong auction, a group of massive gold Obans and Kobans certainly stands out. Quite large in size, these fit within the aspect of “odd and curious” money, […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #155: Ultra-Modern Coins Take Over

 CoinWeek Podcast #155: Ultra-Modern Coins Take Over Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast we are going to have a lively, interesting, and provocative conversation with Chang Bullock and Orlando Lorenzana of CIT, where we talk […]

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Atlas Numismatics Features Rare Cuban, French Pattern Coins

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We hope everyone has been doing well and that you’re enjoying the arrival of spring. This month we have a great selection of coins and medals available for your consideration. Please let us know if there may be something of interest. We look forward to hearing from you. Atlas Numismatics remains […]

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Royal Australian Mint Concludes Its Shipwreck Series With Zeewijk Silver Coin

The Royal Australian Mint introduced an exciting, distinctive coin series in early 2020 with its Shipwreck Series. The four-coin collection offers four individual design elements on the reverse and obverse honoring some of the earliest shipwrecks off the coast of Australia. In the case of each design in the series, the ships featured were owned […]

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World’s Most Expensive British Coin Brings $2.28 Million at Heritage Auctions

1937 Edward VIII 5 Pounds Gold Coin Struck but Never Released After King Abdicated Throne   A 1937 Edward VIII 5 Pounds Pattern coin – one of only a small number of commemorative British gold coins produced for the would-be coronation of Edward VIII – set a world record as the most expensive British coin […]

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World’s Most Expensive British Coin Brings $2.28 Million at Heritage Auctions

1937 Edward VIII 5 Pounds Gold Coin Struck but Never Released After King Abdicated Throne   A 1937 Edward VIII 5 Pounds Pattern coin – one of only a small number of commemorative British gold coins produced for the would-be coronation of Edward VIII – set a world record as the most expensive British coin […]

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Glow-in-the-Dark Colored Titanium Coin New From Pobjoy Mint

Limit 5,000 Worldwide – Also Available in Cupro Nickel   Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a stunning and unique titanium coin on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory. The barbeled Antarctic plunderfish (Artedidraco skottsberg) is one of around 25 species of small predatory fish in the family Artedidraconidae that are found […]

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Under the Sea: New Colored 50p Coin Series Features Ocean Wildlife

The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce a beautiful new series of 50p coins featuring Sea Creatures that is being issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The British Indian Ocean Territory comprises the 50 islands of the Chagos Archipelago, which has a total area of only 44 square kilometers, but the territorial […]

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Under the Sea: New Colored 50p Coin Series Features Ocean Wildlife

The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce a beautiful new series of 50p coins featuring Sea Creatures that is being issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The British Indian Ocean Territory comprises the 50 islands of the Chagos Archipelago, which has a total area of only 44 square kilometers, but the territorial […]

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Trapped: Vampire Attack Latest Coin From CIT to Explore Our Primal Fears

Trapped: Vampire Attack Cook Islands. 5 Dollars 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61 mm. Mintage: Antique finish. Special technology: smartminting® (High Relief). Mintage: 999. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side features the outlines of two faces with open mouths: one of them with the eyes wide open from the front; […]

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Extremely Rare Edward VIII Gold 5 Sovereign Among NGC Rarities in March Paramount Collection Sale

An extremely rare Edward VIII Gold 5 Sovereign pattern coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) stands at the top of a stunning group of British rarities being offered by Heritage Auctions as part of the incomparable Paramount Collection. Bidding is already underway in the sale of world and ancient coins, which concludes March 25-27, 2021. […]

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Tyler Rossi: Ten Coins I’d Love to Own

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. As an avid numismatist, I tend to be attracted to coins that tell a story. While I of course appreciate the sheer elegance and beauty many coins display, I also seek out individual pieces that bear witness to history. For this article, I used the same criteria for selecting […]

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Tyler Rossi: Ten Coins I’d Love to Own

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek …..   As an avid numismatist, I tend to be attracted to coins that tell a story. While I of course appreciate the sheer elegance and beauty many coins display, I also seek out individual pieces that bear witness to history. For this article, I used the same criteria for […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio to Offer 5,000+ Lots in Most Valuable Hong Kong Auction to Date

The rare coin market remains incredibly robust, with Chinese numismatics among the clear trend-setters. Within this environment of intense interest, venerable auction house Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio has assembled their largest—and sure-to-be their most valuable—Hong Kong auction to date, offering over 5,000 lots of coins, medals, tokens, and currency, with higher-end estimates surpassing $16.5 million. […]

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Gold Bullion Spotlight: Mexico Centenario Coins

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… A favorite coin for many bullion collectors, especially in the United States, is the Mexico Centenario coin. The series started in 1921 as a commemorative for the Centenario, or 100th anniversary, of Mexico’s independence from Spain. The series, featuring 16 dates with optional overdate and restrike varieties, is a […]

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Künker Spring Auction 349 Features Hoard of Medieval German Coins

World Coin Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear Künker bidders and coin enthusiasts, Every coin dealer has a responsibility towards numismatics. This includes handling coin hoards in a responsible way, as we did in the case of the coin hoard of Markstetten. This is not only a legal but also a moral obligation for us. […]

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Royal Mint Adds Another Icon to British Music Legends Series With David Bowie

To say that David Bowie was an icon of music is putting it mildly. The innovative rocker who was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, in January 1947 went on to become not only a legend in British music, but a global icon whose ever-changing style, appearance, and sound captivated audiences across several decades […]

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Heritage Spring Hong Kong World Coins Auction Open for Bidding

The month-long Hong Kong Spring World Coins Auction from Heritage Auctions is now open for bidding, exclusively at Coins.HA.com. Focused on East Asian pieces, this auction boasts over 100 lots of Chinese material, with smaller but still notable selections from Japan, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands East Indies, as well as a group of nearly […]

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Tall Ship Series Continues With Royal Research Ship Discovery 50p Coin

The Pobjoy Mint series of 50 pence coins featuring historical ships has proven to be extremely popular and we are therefore delighted to announce the release of a further coin in the series on behalf of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands. Launched in 1901, RRS Discovery was built for Antarctic research and was […]

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NGC and NCS Appoint NAC an Official Submission Center in Europe

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) have appointed Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC) of Milan, Italy an Official Submission Center in Europe. As an Official Submission Center, NAC can assist with submissions to NGC and NCS, as well as answer questions about the companies’ services and benefits. Since its founding in Zurich in 1998, the […]

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Rare Meiji Year 3 Japanese Coin Pattern Set Offered at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

The April Hong Kong auction being presented by rare coin firm Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio features countless highlights from the Pinnacle Collection, with a majestic Year 3 (1870) Pattern Set from Japan standing as quite possibly the most impressive. Containing eight denominations ranging from the gold 10 Yen all the way down to the copper-nickel […]

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Napoleon Bonaparte 200th Anniversary Commemorated on New Proof Gold and Silver Coins

Napoleon – 200th Anniversary Silver Saint Helena. 2 Pounds. 2021. Silver .999. 2 oz. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 821. Saint Helena. 1 Pound. 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 1821. Gold Saint Helena. 5 Pounds. 2021. Gold .9999. 1/4 oz. 22.5 mm. Proof. Mintage: 500. Saint Helena. 2 Pounds. 2021. Gold .9999. […]

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PCGS Around the World – Shanghai – A Pair of Chinese Fantasy Coins

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The area of Chinese numismatics is broad and complex. For a long period of time, some issues were shunned as non-numismatic and labeled as fantasy and forgery issues. This, in part, had to do with the writings of Eduard Kann in his book The Catalog of Chinese Coinage, which […]

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The Cheetah – Second Coin in Big Cat Half Gram Gold Series Now Available

The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the second coin in a series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the World. The 2 oz Silver High Relief coins featuring these “Big Cats of the World” were very popular and we are sure these half gram Big Cat Gold versions will be […]

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Explore the Queen’s Virtues in a New Six-Coin Silver Series

Conceived during the latter stages of Queen Victoria’s reign as Queen of England, the Queen’s Virtues is an allegorical presentation of six virtues representing the monarch of England. Today, these virtues are carried into the 21st century by Queen Elizabeth II, England’s longest-reigning monarch. Victory, Truth, Charity, Justice, Courage, and Constancy are set to feature […]

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The Coin Analyst: From Una and the Lion to the Three Graces – Classic Royal Mint Motifs

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. The February 22 launch and instant sell-out of The Royal Mint’s Three Graces silver and gold coins underscores the intense demand that exists for modern tributes to classic coin designs. The release of such coins needs to be handled very carefully with as level a playing field as […]

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Pegasus Reverse Frosted Silver Bullion Coin Returns for 2021

2021 Edition of Flagship Bullion Coin Limited to 10,000 Fine 999. Silver Bullion 1oz Coins Worldwide Only 100 Pieces of the Sold-Out Fine 999. Gold Bullion Were Ever Made Unique Frosted Background on Silver Version Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce that our flagship Pegasus Reverse Frosted silver bullion coin is back for its 2021 […]

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A Sneak Peek at Daniel Frank Sedwick’s May 7-8 Treasure Auction 29

By Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC …… We’ve received a lot of interest in our upcoming May 7-8 Treasure Auction 29 – and rightfully so. The numismatic market is still very hot and this has inspired several top Latin American collections to come to the auction block. So, we’re offering here a sneak peek of what’s […]

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Reaper of Death Dominates Royal Canadian Mint’s Latest Collector Coin Offering

By Royal Canadian Mint …… Greek for “Reaper of Death”, the Thanatotheristes degrootorum is a fascinating find for Canada: the first new tyrannosaur species to be discovered in the country in over 50 years. Paleoartist Julius Csotonyi, who was the first to ever illustrate the fearsome prehistoric animal, sketched the reverse design of this new […]

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Mystic Wolf Set From CIT Features Ultra High Relief Platinum Coin

Mystic Wolf Platinum Mongolia. 25,000 Togrog 2021. Platinum .9995. 1 oz. Proof. 33 mm. Mintage: 199. Gold Mongolia. 25,000 Togrog 2021. Gold .9999. 1 oz. Proof. 33 mm. Mintage: 199. Mongolia. 1000 Togrog 2021. Gold .9999. 1/10 oz. Proof. 16.5 mm. Mintage: 999. Silver Mongolia. 2000 Togrog 2021. Silver .999. 3 oz. Proof. 45 mm. […]

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Künker Auction 348: The Axel Tesmer Collection of Prussian Coins, Part I

Künker World Coin Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Modesty, honesty, a sense of duty, self-discipline, punctuality, thriftiness, reliability, and conscientiousness: these are just some of the virtues that the Prussian state has propagated as “Prussian virtues” since Frederick William I. There were only a few states that developed a similarly […]

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World War II Barter Kits

By David Hill for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… A researcher’s inquiry recently got me thinking about an interesting item I’d once found in a pile of unprocessed materials in the ANS Library. It was an auction catalog put out by a division of the United States Department of Defense to sell World War II […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Sell Rarity Once Called World’s Most Expensive Non-U.S. Coin

Longstanding rare coin auction house Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, whose experts have presented some of the most prestigious, highest-grossing sales in the industry’s history, is excited to feature the Pinnacle Collection as part of the firm’s semiannual Hong Kong auction. This incredible collection features numerous rarities from the non-U.S. sphere of numismatics, many of which […]

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Royal Australian Mint takes flight with new centenary of Air Force collection

By Royal Australian Mint …… On Wednesday, March 3, the Royal Australian Mint launched a unique coin collection to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force. Speaking at the launch of the coins, the Mint’s new CEO, Leigh Gordon, AO, CSM, said collaborations like this one with the Royal Australian Air Force continue […]

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Bi-Color Green and Blue Titanium Coin Features the Parrotfish

Limited to 5,000 coins worldwide – Also available in Uncirculated Cupro Nickel   The Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce the release of a brand new bi-color titanium coin on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory featuring the colorful parrotfish. The coin features three parrotfish amongst the corals in tropical waters highlighted in green […]

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Apollo 11 Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Lands Top COTY Honors

“The Eagle has landed.” The now-famous phrase spoken by United States astronaut Neil Armstrong was a victory cry heard across the globe when he and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to land on the moon on July 20, 1969. The monumental feat was celebrated worldwide, and now the international coin community is celebrating the […]

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Tauler and Fau Selection from Auction 77 Ancient and World Coins

Tauler and Fau´s Auction 77 features 391 lots and closes on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, beginning at 04:00 p.m. CET   By Tauler and Fau …… This sale features an important selection of numismatic rarities of Ancient, Spanish, World Coins, and Banknotes. You will find in the Greek coin selection a rare tetradrachm minted in […]

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CIT New Winter Collection – The Inca Sun God

Inca Sun God Palau. 5 dollars. 2021. Silver .999 Gilded. 1 oz. 38.61 mm. Silk Finish. Mintage: 2,201. Special technology: smartminting©. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse of the Inca Sun Gold coin features a rendition of the Inca sun disc, with the date 2021 at the bottom. The reverse features the Coat […]

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Top 10 World Coin Highlights of Künker’s January Rarity Auction

Künker Auction Results by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, What a strong start! The 721 lots of the first Künker auction in the anniversary year realized a total amount of 9.3 million euros, and today, we present the top 10 lots (with a couple of ties). Actually, this is something that should […]

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Firefighter: Courage and Bravery Commemorated on New Silver Coins

Firefighter – Real Heroes Cook Islands. 20 dollars. 2021. Silver .999. 3 oz. 50 mm. Black Proof. Mintage: 499. Special technology: smartminting©, partially printed, with micro minting. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin Firefighter with breathing apparatus and helmet in front of honeycomb pattern; in the left field REAL / HERO in […]

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Celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 95th Birthday With New 50p Coin

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on April 21 and her official Birthday on June 10. To commemorate her 95th Birthday, The Pobjoy Mint has produced a new 50 pence coin on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The coin features the Royal Coat of Arms of […]

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Deceptively Fake New Zealand Crowns – How to Identify the Real One

By Paradime Coins …… There is no doubt that eBay is a force in Numismatics. Sometimes a positive one, as when a someone snipes the last-needed Overton variety to complete one of the only variety Bust half collections, and sometimes a negative one, as when an unbeknownst collector buys a fake coin. Though at Paradimecoins.com, […]

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Perth Mint – Tuvalu 2021 Year of the Ox Rotating Charm 1oz Silver Antiqued Coin

This 1oz silver antiqued coin features a central gold-plated rotating charm in the shape of the second animal in the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, the ox. Kind, intelligent, hardworking, calm, honest, and reliable, the ox is said to bestow many positive characteristics on people born during its years of influence – including 1949, 1961, 1973, […]

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Künker eLive Auction 65 of Ancient and Modern World Coins Available Now

Künker eLive Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, The Künker eLive Auction 65 is online. From now on you can study all pieces of the upcoming auction. The offer ranges from ancient coins to modern World coins. A large number of the lots from the ancient part come from the collection […]

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The Paramount Collection: Finest World Coin Offering Ever From Heritage Auctions

On the heels of the successful FUN auctions, Heritage Auctions is proud to present The Paramount Collection, a diversified selection of rarities not seen on the market in decades, if at all. The World Coin portion of the collection, which encompasses 700 coins, will cross the block March 25-27, 2021, in the Paramount Collection World […]

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Canadian Nickel Dollars

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… 1968 $1 Voyageur (Regular Strike) PCGS MS67 Canadian Dollars are large, highly collectible coins that have been popular with collectors since their regular-issue inception in 1935. They were struck in an 80% silver format through 1967 when rising bullion prices forced the Royal Canadian Mint to choose a less-expensive […]

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Stack’s Bowers February World Coin Auction – Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek ….. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is hosting a series of online world coin and paper money auctions from February 22 through 25 that include a number of remarkable pieces, many that might sell for potentially attractive prices for the astute collector. We reviewed lots from the February 24 and 25 World Coin sections, comprising […]

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Vitruvian Man and Modern X-Ray on New Silver Coin Show Two Ways of Looking at Humanity

X-Ray – Vitruvian Man Cook Islands. 5 Dollars. 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61 mm. Special technology: smartminting® (Ultra High Relief), color application. Proof. Mintage: 999. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side depicts the Vitruvian Man as we know him from a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci; in the background […]

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New 50p Coin From Pobjoy Mint Celebrates Nurses and Their Values

Following the success of the £2 coin issued on behalf of the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands last year, The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the new release of a 50 pence coin that bears a design reflecting the universal role of nurses and their nursing values. These values have […]

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Intriguing 10 Zlotych Pattern Coin, Winston Churchill Large Format Medal New at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We hope that our February newsletter finds you doing well. This month we have a very nice selection of coins (especially pattern coins) and medals ready for your consideration. We hope there may be something that interests you and look forward to hearing from you. Atlas Numismatics remains actively interested in […]

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Künker Auctions 347-349: From Roman Egypt to the Margraviate of Brandenburg

Künker Spring Auction Sale by Künker GmbH …… In auctions 347 to 349, auction house Künker presents once again a wealth of private collections. Particularly remarkable is an important collection of coins from Roman Egypt as well as the first part of a collection of Brandenburg coinage. And that’s just the beginning. From 22 to […]

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Perth Mint Dragon 1oz Gold Bullion Rectangular Coin Features New Design for 2021

The Perth Mint is excited to release this 1oz gold bullion coin in a unique rectangular format. In Chinese culture, the dragon is revered as a divine mythical creature, a symbol of power, strength, wealth, and good fortune. Dragons are also believed to be the rulers of water and weather. Each coin is struck by […]

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New Zealand Mint New Releases for February 2021

Iconic 1966 Car First in New Batmobile Coin Collection This fantastic coin, featuring the iconic 1966 Batmobile, is the first in our DC Comics officially licensed Batmobile Silver Coin Collection. The coin features this first Batmobile in color along with the 1966 BATMAN Classic TV Series logo. An engraved and colored close-up image of BATMAN, […]

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Antarctic Treaty 60th Anniversary Commemorated on New £2 Coin

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Antarctic Treaty – recognized as one of the most successful international agreements, setting an example of peaceful cooperation. The Pobjoy Mint is therefore delighted to announce the release of this beautiful new £2 coin on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory to […]

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How Morgan Dollars Became Indian Rupees

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Little thought is given by many people on the previous incarnations of the metal that makes up the coins they have in their collections. Truth be told, the metallic content of many coins cannot be traced back to their origins if it came from previously melted coins. Yet there […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Honors Canada’s Black Loyalists on New Silver Coin

By the Royal Canadian Mint …… The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to launch a new silver collector coin honoring the Black Loyalists. Mint engravers meticulously reproduced the armorial bearings of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society as a tribute to the free and enslaved Black people who re-settled to British North America before, during, and […]

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Dave Hendin – What Makes a True Collector

By David Hendin for CoinWeek ….. Many of you are my friends and acquaintances of more than 50 years. Others will become new friends. As I begin this series of regular articles for CoinWeek I will rehash and update some thoughts I have pondered before. When I began collecting coins, I was about eight years […]

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David Hendin – What Makes a True Collector

By David Hendin for CoinWeek ….. Many of you are my friends and acquaintances of more than 50 years. Others will become new friends. As I begin this series of regular articles for CoinWeek I will rehash and update some thoughts I have pondered before. When I began collecting coins, I was about eight years […]

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Medieval English Coins – The Coins of Æthelred the Unready

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek …..   Æthelred II became King of England on March 18, 978 after the murder of his half-brother Edward, known as Edward the Martyr. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle says of the murder of King Edward that “No worse deed than this was ever done by the English nation since they […]

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Perth Mint Issues 2021 Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Enhanced Reverse Proof High Relief Coin

Depicting master engraver John M. Mercanti’s sixth Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle design for The Perth Mint in a brand-new coin classification, this exceptionally detailed 1oz ‘enhanced reverse proof’ silver coin showcases an appreciably raised relief and a range of subtle finish variations. Named for its long, distinctively shaped tail, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird […]

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Results From Künker World Coin Auction 346

Künker Auction 346 by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Our rarity auction ended with some delay, but also with an impressive total hammer price of combined 9.3 million euros, not including buyer’s premium. This time, due to the global pandemic, today’s event could not take place as usual at the World Money […]

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Aladdin and the Magical Lamp Featured on Gold and Silver Coins From CIT

Magical Lamp – 1001 Nights Palau. 5 Dollars 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. 33 mm. Special Technology: Ultra-high relief by smartminting combined with partial color application. Black Proof. Mintage: 1001. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Palau. 1 Dollar n.d. (2021). Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 13.92 mm. Special Technology: Special Shape. Silk finish. Mintage: 15,000. B. […]

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Eisenhower in Acapulco: An American-Mexican Numismatic Memento

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The post-World War II period saw an increase in American influence in global affairs, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the helm during his two terms in office. Having played a vital role in the allied victory in Europe the decade prior, Eisenhower provided […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – World Money Fair Australian Kookaburra 2021 1oz Silver Colored Coin

The 50th anniversary World Money Fair (WMF) was due to take place in Berlin on the 29th through the 31st of January, 2021. For the first time in the event’s history, the show will now take place in a virtual format. To mark this special event, The Perth Mint has crafted an exclusive colored coin […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Captures Canada’s History and Diverse Culture on Two New Gold Coins

Klondike gold discovery commemorated in 5-9s pure gold and Ukrainian art of Pysanka shines on an egg-shaped coin   By the Royal Canadian Mint …… The Royal Canadian Mint has launched two new gold coins that mark important chapters in Canadian history and shine a bright light on homegrown innovation. The newest addition to the […]

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Stack’s Bowers Rings in New Year With Monumental 2021 Ancient & World Coins Auction

Continuing a series of exceptionally impressive sales, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their most recent January auction, an officially sanctioned auction of the 2021 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). Containing 3,690 lots spread across ancient coins and world coins, tokens, medals, and currency, this sale realized a total of […]

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NGC Certifies Paramount Collection of Large-Format Gold Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently had the privilege of certifying the Paramount Collection, an incredibly vast collection of US, world and ancient coins of the highest caliber. The collection was submitted to NGC for authentication, grading and encapsulation in anticipation of its sale by Heritage Auctions — an amazing opportunity for the hobby’s most advanced […]

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Terracotta Warriors Come to Life on Gold, Silver Coins From CIT

Terracotta Warriors Cook Islands. 20 Dollars. 2021. Silver .999. 3 oz. 45 mm. Special Technology: Ultra high relief by smartminting© and partial gilding. Proof. Mintage: 500. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Cook Islands. 5 Dollars. 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61 mm. Special Technology: Ultra high relief by smartminting. Proof. Mintage: 888. B. H. Mayer’s […]

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Heritage Auctions World Record Events Achieve $90.68 Million

World’s most valuable gold coin sells for $9.36 million; five U.S. coins bring more than $2 million each Jan. 21-25   Longtime collectors said goodbye to their treasures and new clients set world record-prices in Heritage Auctions’ January 21-25 numismatic events totaling more than $90.68 million USD. Total sales of U.S. coins and currency and […]

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Künker Auction 346 Offers Gold Ducats, River Gold Issues, Military Orders

Künker Auction 346 by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, We hope you had a good start to the new year. As you already know, this is a very special year for us. We celebrate our 50th anniversary on July 1, 2021. We start our anniversary year with our Floor Auction Sale 346. […]

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New Bi-Colored Titanium Coin Dedicated to the Flamingo

Also available in Uncirculated Cupro Nickel   The Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce the release of a brand new bi-color titanium coin on behalf of the British Virgin Islands featuring the popular flamingo. This exciting new coin has been produced in pink and light green titanium, which really captures the essence of this lovable […]

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Coin Invest Trust Continues Fabergé Eggs Series With Rose Trellis Coin

Fabergé Eggs: Rose Trellis Egg Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2021. Silver .999. 2 oz. 38.61 mm. Special Technology: Color application and smartminting©. Proof. Mintage: 888. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side depicts the Rose Trellis Egg, which was created in Peter Carl Fabergé’s workshop, on a small tripod pedestal; the background […]

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Swiss Mint Issues Two New Commemorative Coins: “Friedrich Dürrenmatt” and “Fox”

By Federal Mint Swissmint …… On January 21, 2021, the Federal Mint Swissmint launched two new commemorative coins for coin collectors, enthusiasts and fans. Friedrich Dürrenmatt, one of the most successful German-language writers, who would have celebrated his hundredth birthday this year, is being honoured with a silver coin. Swissmint is also concluding the three-part […]

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Austrian Mint Reveals Upcoming February 2021 Releases

By Austrian Mint …… Alpine Forests Available February 17, 2021 Central Europe’s largest forested area, Kalkalpen National Park is home to 30 different ecosystems. Of the park’s 15 endemic vascular plants, the Austrian bellflower is the standout. A familiar sight in the park, the plant’s bluish-purple drooping flowers are a rare sight elsewhere. But you […]

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New 50p Features Scotia for Centenary of William Speirs Bruce

Proof .925 Sterling Silver Coin Already Sold out   The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a new 50 pence coin in the Antarctic Ship series featuring Scotia on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory. This new coin commemorates the centenary of William Speirs Bruce who led the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition. […]

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PCGS Certifies Hindu Themed Mughal Empire Coin

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The Mughal Empire, which at times covered much of what is today Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh was a domain ruled by Muslim leadership and during its existence led to the spread and consolidation of Islam in South Asia. The exception to this was two rulers, Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad […]

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Karakorum: Tiffany Glass Adorns Coin Commemorating 800th Anniversary of the Great Mongol Capital

Karakorum 800th Anniversary Mongolia. 5,000 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 2 oz. 50 mm. Special Technology: smartminting© with tiffany glass inlay. Proof. Mintage: 800. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side features the reconstruction of a building of the city of KARAKORUM from the front; red tiffany glass inlay in the central […]

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Perth Mint Presents The Jewelled Horse 10oz Gold Proof Coin

The Perth Mint is delighted to present The Jewelled Horse, an exceptional collectible showcasing rare and spectacular treasures from two Western Australian icons – Argyle Pink Diamonds and The Perth Mint. The Jewelled Horse is the fourth release from The Perth Mint’s range of diamond-studded coins showcasing Asia’s revered mythical and mortal creatures. This limited-edition […]

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Künker to Offer 1757 10-Ruble Gold Coin Created by Jacques-Antoine Dassier

On January 28, 2021, a Künker auction presents a 10-ruble piece from 1757 whose die was created by the Genevan medalist Jacques-Antoine Dassier. But this is not the only special thing about it: A small collector’s hallmark proves it once belonged to the Hutten-Czapski collection. By Künker GmbH …… On August 3, 1765, Jacques-Antoine Dassier […]

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The Mexican Coin Made at the New Orleans Mint

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The New Orleans Mint was one of the first three original branch mints established by the United States Mint in 1838. Throughout its history of making coins, much of the bullion used for coinage production came from foreign coin deposits – often in the form of Mexican coinage. Yet, […]

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Heritage to Offer Further Selections From Cape Coral Collection

Even as the world’s leading auction house for certified coins, it is a rare opportunity that we are able to present a collection of the technical caliber of the Cape Coral Collection. Formed by a true connoisseur of the hobby with a keen eye for quality and the resources to pursue top-notch specimens wherever they […]

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Atlas Numismatics Adds World Proof and Pattern Coins to Fixed Price List

By Atlas Numismatics …… Happy New Year! For this month’s list, we have prepared another selection of coins and medals for your consideration, and look forward to hearing from you if you should see anything of interest. If you are looking to sell, Atlas remains actively interested in purchasing individual items and whole collections. We are happy […]

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Extraordinary Selections in Heritage NYINC World and Ancient Coins Auction

The 2021 NYINC Platinum Night & Signature auction, scheduled for January 21-22 at Coins.HA.com, promises to be one of Heritage’s best World & Ancient coin auctions yet. This auction contains an extraordinary selection of rarities that has surpassed even our own wildest expectations, spanning across every corner of the globe from ancient times to the […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Kicks off New Year by Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Bluenose

By the Royal Canadian Mint …… The Royal Canadian Mint is launching a year-long celebration of Bluenose with a pair of coins dedicated to the famously swift sailing ship. The annual $100 Pure Gold Coin and Proof Silver Dollar share the thrilling story of an impeccably crafted schooner. One hundred years ago, Bluenose emerged from […]

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Mint of Poland Win Three Times at Coin Constellation 2020 Competition

By Mint of Poland …… At the recent Coin Constellation 2020 competition based in Russia but with online voting through December 15, the Mint of Poland was awarded in three competition categories: “Original technology”, “Unique concept” and “Classic coin”. The awards during the competition organized by the Water Mark publishing house are even more pleasing […]

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New Big Cats Gold Coin Features King of the Jungle

The series of coins released last year on behalf of Sierra Leone featuring the Big Cats proved to be extremely popular and therefore Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a new Fine Gold coin featuring one of the Big Cats from the original release, the undisputed King of the Jungle – the […]

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