Category Archives: African coins

South African Mint Continues Inventions Series With 2020 Retinal Cryoprobe Coins

By South African Mint …… On World Sight Day (WSD), the South African Mint, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), once again shined the light on the retinal cryoprobe featured on its 2020 crown and tickey series. The South African Mint has a long tradition of embodying the national genius […]

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Reading Ancient Greek Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. Perhaps one reason for the comparatively small interest in Greek coins in the country is the difficulty of understanding their inscriptions. This difficulty is not as great as might be supposed… (Pennington, 1) MODERN AMERICAN COINS are required by law to include quite a lot of text[1]. For example, […]

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Coins of the Conquerors of Rome

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, so, too, did it not fall in one. It actually took three days, spread out over 66 years. Theodosius the Great (reigned 379-395 CE) was the last man to rule the entire Roman Empire, both East and West. On his […]

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The Coinage of the Barbary Pirate States

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The contemporary United States is no stranger to overseas war. This was not always the case, however, at least not until President Thomas Jefferson took the then-unusual step of protecting American interests abroad, setting a precedent that continues today. The result would be two wars fought by Americans and […]

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Cougar Celebrated on Last Coin in “Big Cats” 2 oz Silver Coin Series

Each “Big Cats” coin is presented in an acrylic box with a complimentary outer sleeve that includes the certificate of authenticity Issue Limit: 500   Big Cats The cougar is also known as a mountain lion or puma, but they all refer to the same impressive, tawny-colored big cat. This solitary and stealthy cat is […]

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The Tiger: Penultimate Coin in Latest “Big Cats” 2 oz Silver Coin Series

Presented in an acrylic box with a complimentary outer sleeve that includes the certificate of authenticity Issue Limit: 500 The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the fourth and penultimate coin in a series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the World. The “Big 5” series in 2019 proved extremely popular […]

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Island Games Commemorated on Three Unusual Circulating Coins

Three new coins individually presented in their own unique numbered packs Particularly unusual coins with alternate polishing and frosting Small Issue Limit: 2,019 Produced on behalf of the Gibraltar Government In the early 1980s, the idea of organizing “The Year of Sports” was born, with the highlight of the year being the Islands Games. The […]

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The Panther: Third Entry in Big Cats Coin Series Now Available

Presented in an acrylic box with a complimentary outer sleeve that includes the certificate of authenticity Issue Limit: 500 The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the third coin in a series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the World. The “Big 5” series in 2019 proved extremely popular with collectors […]

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Big Cats of the World Now Available in Cupronickel

Pobjoy Mint are delighted to announce the release of a five coin series featuring The Big Cats of the World in Cupro Nickel. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, each coin features the head of one of the Big Cats, emphasizing the power of these animals and illustrating the appeal of these cats. Most of […]

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First Pobjoy Flash Sale for May Features Charlie Brown Coin, Angry Birds

By Pobjoy Mint …… Starting this week, Pobjoy Mint will be offering different coins or groups of coins at a Special Flash Sale price. This first offer expires at 8:00 am on Monday, May 4. All orders will be shipped within 3-4 business days. Free Shipping anywhere in the US. This week we are offering […]

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75th Anniversary of VE Day Commemorated on New 50 Pence Coin

Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish 50p coin presented in a special pack Also Produced in Proof Sterling Silver with Certificate Issue Limit: 7,500 Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish in Color Produced on behalf of the Gibraltar Government To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of this special Colored […]

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The Initial Numismatic Offerings of the Sierra Leone Company

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

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Cheetah Coin Second in ‘Big Cats’ High Relief 2 oz Silver Series

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 “Big 5” series in 2019 proved extremely popular with collectors and we know this series will do the same. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, these new coins are being […]

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

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

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

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

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New Release Silver and Limited Mintage Gold Coins from APMEX

The Silver Krugerrand Returns This is the third year this popular silver South African coin has been offered as Brilliant Uncirculated. The iconic design is popular with both investors and collectors alike worldwide. The obverse of this .999 fine silver coin matches the Gold Krugerrand, featuring the South African Republic’s first president, Paul Kruger. The […]

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Juba II: A North African Prince at the Nexus of the Roman World

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Juba was born in North Africa around 48 BCE, named after his father, Juba I, the king of Numidia. Shortly after the younger Juba’s birth, the elder Juba was defeated by Julius Caesar, after he had allied himself with Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) […]

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Rich Selections in September Long Beach World Coins Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions‘ last all-encompassing Ancient & World Coins Signature auction of 2019 will be held September 4-9 in Long Beach in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The past 12 months have been a time of tremendous opportunity, with a diverse selection of material seen in some of our biggest auctions yet, […]

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Rich Selections in September Long Beach World Coins Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions‘ last all-encompassing Ancient & World Coins Signature auction of 2019 will be held September 4-9 in Long Beach in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The past 12 months have been a time of tremendous opportunity, with a diverse selection of material seen in some of our biggest auctions yet, […]

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Angry Birds Are Back on New Interactive Coins From Pobjoy Mint

Interactive coin allows you to enter the world of Angry BirdsTM Coins produced in Colored Cupro Nickel and presented in a special color pack Limited mintage of 10,000 Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a stunning new series of three coins to celebrate The Angry Birds Movie 2, due to be released […]

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Big 5 Safari Wildlife Coins Return in Cupro-Nickel Set From Pobjoy Mint

After the recent success of the immensely popular Big 5 series, the Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce that the Big Five coins are now being released in Cupro Nickel. If you are planning a safari to Africa, the Big Five represents safari royalty – the Elephant, the Lion, the Leopard, the Rhino and the […]

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Buffalo Features on Final Coin in ‘Big Five’ 2oz Silver Series

Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce the final coin in the stunning collection of five featuring the Big Five African Animals. The concluding coin features the unpredictable buffalo. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, these magnificent coins are produced in high relief that accentuates the capacity of these iconic five African animals. If you are […]

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Pobjoy Mint Issues Fourth ‘Big Five’ 2 oz Silver Coin Featuring the Leopard

Penultimate Coin in Big 5 Series Features the Sleek Leopard   Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of the fourth coin in the immensely popular series of five featuring the Big Five African Animals. The penultimate coin features the agile leopard. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, these new coins are being produced […]

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Crystal Skull – Luna de Sangre Continues Swarovski Coin Series From CIT

Crystal Skull – Luna de Sangre Equatorial Guinea. 1000 Francos CFA. 2019. Silver .999. 1 oz. Proof. 38,61 mm. Mintage: 1,750 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse shows the coat of arms of Equatorial Guinea with the inscription REPUBLICA DE GUINEA ECUATORIAL, below the nominal value 1000 FRANCOS CFA. The reverse shows […]

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D-Day 75th Anniversary Commemorated on New 50p Coin

Coins produced in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finished and in color highlighting the flags of the Allied Forces Presented in a special color pack During World War II, the Battle of Normandy resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944 and is […]

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Rhino Third in ‘Big Five’ African Animal 2 oz Silver Coin Series

The Powerful Rhino Latest From Pobjoy Mint   Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce the release of the third coin in the series of five featuring the Big Five African Animals that are proving to be exceptionally popular. The third coin features the powerful Rhino. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, these new coins are […]

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

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

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Pobjoy Mint Issues First ‘Big Five’ Elephant 2 oz Silver Coin

First in the series of five new coins featuring the ‘Big Five’ African animals   Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the first of a stunning new series of coins featuring the Big Five African Animals. The first coin in the collection features the African Elephant. Issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, […]

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Modern World Coins – Celebrate Year of the Pig via Angry Birds

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with our stunning new coin featuring the pigs from Angry BirdsTM Chinese New Year celebrated with help from characters from Angry BirdsTM Coins produced in Colored Cupro Nickel and presented in a special color pack Low mintage of 10,000 Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a […]

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

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

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World Coin Profile – South Africa 2017 Silver Krugerrand

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the gold Krugerrand, the South African Mint is minting its first-ever 1 oz silver Krugerrand. After 49 years of respect and prestige on the international stage and with the global silver market on an upswing, the timing couldn’t be much better. Additionally, a 1 oz platinum […]

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NGC Ancients: Classic Greek Coins, Part 5

NGC’s David Vagi finishes his discussion of some of the most familiar designs of ancient Greek coins in the last of a multi-part series By David Vagi – Director, NGC Ancients …… 1. Celts. Some of the most fascinating coins of the ancient world were struck by Celts and contemporary Iron Age cultures in Spain, Britain […]

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South Africa Releases Designs for Coins, Currency Commemorating Nelson Mandela

By South African Reserve Bank ……   The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will be launching its first commemorative banknote series, in celebration of the first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela’s birth centenary. These notes will cover all denominations – R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. As part of the celebrations, the South African Mint, […]

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World Coin News – Central Bank of Malta Commemorates 10 Years of Euro

  On 9 May 2018, the Central Bank of Malta issued a numismatic coin to commemorate 10 years since adopting the euro. The coin, which will be struck in cupro-nickel, has a face value of €5 and is only legal tender in Malta. It has a weight of 15.50g and a diameter of 33mm. The […]

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World’s First Interactive App Game Coin Features Angry Birds

Fly to Bird Island with this new interactive Angry Birds TM coin from Pobjoy Mint Interactive coin allows you to enter the world of Angry Birds TM. Coins produced in Colored Cupro Nickel and presented in a special color pack Low mintage of 10,000 Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a magnificent new coin […]

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South Africa Celebrates Nelson Mandela Centenary with Commemorative Banknotes, Coin

By South African Reserve Bank ……   The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will this year launch a set of commemorative South African banknotes in honour of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary. These notes will cover all denominations – R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. At the same time, the South African Mint, […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles – Goddess Tanit on Carthaginian Gold & Silver 1 1/2 Shekel

Overview: Carthage At its peak, the ancient North African city of Carthage rivaled the Eternal City of Rome for military and economic control of the western Mediterranean Sea. Today, its ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the suburbs of the Tunisian capital. Most people, if they’ve heard of Carthage at all, are familiar […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 26, 2018: Buy the Book Before your Buy the Bitcoin….

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for January 26, 2018 Brain Food 1.) This is the reason why only dead people can be featured on American currency In 1866, Congress issued an act stating that no living person can be portrayed on American currency. Our Founding Fathers believed it was unpatriotic for living […]

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2018 African Elephant Gold & Silver Coins Available from APMEX

Holiday-themed Elephant coins also available APMEX, Inc., a leading online Precious Metals retailer based in Oklahoma City, is thrilled to offer the full range of 2018 Gold and Silver Somalian Elephant coins now available to order. In 1999, the Bavarian State Mint, known locally as Das Bayerisches Hauptmünzamt Mint, first manufactured Gold and Silver Elephant […]

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

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

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

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

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Silver Coin Commemorates 50th Anniversary World’s 1st Heart Transplant

Medical Miracle performed in Cape Town – Modern Medicine Leaps Forward By South African Mint …… The South African Mint has issued a silver coin that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the medical miracle that astonished the world in 1967: the world’s first heart transplant. The extraordinary surgery is celebrated on a unique pair of […]

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New Book Explores World of Leading Bullion Coins

By Metals Focus …… On October 17, The Perth Mint, The Austrian Mint, The Royal Canadian Mint, The Rand Refinery, The Royal Mint and Metals Focus are pleased to announce the launch of The World of Leading Bullion Coins, at an event at the LBMA/LPPM Conference in Barcelona. We are grateful for the support of […]

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South African Mint Launches Commemorative Coin to Mark 100th Anniversary of Oliver Tambo’s Birth

By South African Reserve Bank…. In commemorating the birth centenary of Oliver Reginald Tambo, the South African Mint, a subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), is producing a R5 circulation coin and a series of collectible coins under the theme ‘Freedom, Democracy and Culture’. The new coins bear the ‘Order of the Companions […]

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World Coin News – Malta Commemorates St. Marija Convoy and George Cross Award

By Central Bank of Malta …… On 14 August 2017 the Central Bank of Malta and MaltaPost issued a joint numismatic product to mark the 75th anniversary of the award of the George Cross to Malta, in April 1942, and the arrival of the providential convoy code named ‘Pedestal‘ in August 1942. The product will […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 29, 2017: Japan Crypto, Russian Gold, War on Cash

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 29, 2017: Brain Food 1.) Body Armor Made of Old Chinese Coins The Tlingit believed that the coins would provide protection from bullets. There is some anecdotal evidence that such body armor was in fact effective in a battle with the Russians in the year 1792. According […]

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The Coinage of Aksum

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   Where the south declines towards the setting sun lies the country called Ethiopia, the last inhabited land in that direction. There gold is obtained in great plenty… –Herodotus, The Histories, Book 2 (c. 450 BCE) FIVE DAYS MARCH INLAND from the Red Sea, on the hilly […]

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Krugerrand Font is More Sophisticated than One Might Think…

By South African Mint …… “Visually distinct” and “enduringly memorable” are often terms associated with coins. But in this case, it happens to be something directly associated with coins: the font used on the coin and in the printed materials for the 50th anniversary of the South African Krugerrand. The South African Mint is delighted […]

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Sibling Lovers: Four Royal Portraits on Popular Ancient Gold Coin from MA-Shops

By CoinWeek ….   The Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of Hellenistic Greeks from around to 305 BCE until the defeat of Queen Cleopatra by Rome in 31 BCE. It was founded by Ptolemy I Soter, one of the generals of legendary Macedonian king (and founder of Hellenistic Civilization) Alexander the […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 18, 2017: Missing Persons, Chinese Counterfeits, Bitcoin Boom

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 18, 2017:  Urgent 1.) Walter Allan’s car found, but 84-year-old Numismatist still missing Allan’s family told police they last heard from him on July 18, when he told them he was heading to the 2017 convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) in Boucherville, Qué., held […]

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New World Coins – Malta’s Ħaġar Qim Temples on €2 Commemorative

By Central Bank of Malta …… On 27 June 2017, the Central Bank of Malta will issue a €2 commemorative coin depicting the Ħaġar Qim temples. The coin reverse shows the common €2 side while the obverse (national side) shows a representation of the Ħaġar Qim temples. The coin obverse was designed by Noel Galea […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Vikings knew how to maintain trust in their money By the 880s the Vikings had taken over the territory of all but the West Saxons but they provided their subjugated peoples with money they knew – in the form of imitations of […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the Vikings […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 21, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for April 21, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Our money is filthy but mostly harmless Most of the bacteria on American notes were harmless commensals that had flaked off hands, faces and mouths, but there were others that cause acne, strep throat, the H-bug, two species infecting vaginas, and […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 14, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for April 14 2017 Brain Food 1.) Test How Much You Know About Bitcoin As the world’s monetary systems teetered on the edge in late 2008, some computer whizzes sought a digital solution. As Lehman Brothers lay dying, a math-based, completely digital means of exchange known as bitcoin […]

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South Africa 2017 Gold Krugerrand

Description The 2017 South African Krugerrand 1-ounce gold coin marks the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s most famous bullion coins. The South African gold Krugerrand was first produced by the South African Mint in 1967 to provide a vehicle for private gold ownership. The coin’s name incorporates Kruger for the former South African […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for February 17, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for February 17, 2017 Brain Food 1.) A walk through the coinage of ancient India “The first known coins of India, the silver bent bars of the Gandhara Janapada region (Afghanistan, which was part of India), were punch marked coins with symbols of flowers on each side dated 2500 […]

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Modern Coin Mart: 1st Legal Tender Trump Coins in NGC Red Core with Inaugural Releases Designation

2017 Donald Trump Legal Tender Proof Coins Exclusive Inaugural Releases Designations + Red Core Holders! As 2016 came to a close, U.S. citizens campaigned, discussed, and exercised their American rights to elect the 45th President of the United States of America. After one of the most controversial presidential elections in U.S. history, it was successful […]

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South Africa Marks Bullion Coin’s 50th Anniversary with First Ever Silver Krugerrand

2017 marks the milestone 50th anniversary of the world’s first modern gold bullion coin: the South African Gold Krugerrand. The Krugerrand remains the most widely held bullion coin in the world, and the most traded coin in history. The Krugerrand has been the model for all other bullion coins issued since its 1967 debut. But […]

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South Africa Issues Silver, Platinum Krugerrands for 50th Anniversary

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. It’s not entirely surprising that in addition to enjoying vast precious metal deposits, South Africa has long been a world-leader in the international gold coin market. The flagship South African Gold Krugerrand was the first modern bullion coin available on the global market in 1967. Krugerrands quickly ended […]

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South Africa Issues Silver, Platinum Krugerrands for 50th Anniversary

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   It’s not entirely surprising that in addition to enjoying vast precious metal deposits, South Africa has long been a world-leader in the international gold coin market. The flagship South African Gold Krugerrand was the first modern bullion coin available on the global market in 1967. Krugerrands quickly […]

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New World Coins – World’s Largest Silver Coin Has Sold at APMEX

APMEX, Inc., one of the nation’s largest Precious Metals e-retailers, recently sold the world’s largest Silver coin — the 2016 Ivory Coast 1.750 oz Silver Elephant Coin. Each coin is an astounding piece of art with a limited mintage of only 15 coins that each feature an antique finish completed by hand. This stunning coin […]

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JM Bullion and Emporium Hamburg to Launch 2017 Somali Silver Elephant Coin

JM Bullion is proud to be the exclusive home for the launch of the 2017 Somalian Silver Elephant 1 oz. and 1 Kilo coins. These popular annual coin releases are a must-have for both investors and collectors, and the 2017 Somalian Elephant Series is poised to be the best release yet. In the 13 years […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles: Carthaginian Gold & Silver 1 1/2 Shekel

Overview: Carthage At its peak, the ancient North African city of Carthage rivaled the Eternal City of Rome for military and economic control over the western Mediterranean Sea. Today, its ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the suburbs of the Tunisian capital. Most people, if they’ve heard of Carthage at all, are familiar […]

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New South African Commemorative Coins Debuting Soon

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. South African officials have announced the arrival of new coins honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, the majestic cheetah, and a distinctive type of anti-erosion structure called a dolos. The new coins include a limited-edition proof gold Krugerrand bearing a unique “QEII 90” mintmark, a cheetah coin that will […]

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Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Unreserved Coin Auction Sept. 13

By Carol Achterhof – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries On Sunday, September 13 starting at 10:00 a.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present a special, unreserved auction of over 1,100 lots of rare coins and currency sourced from fine private collections and Maine estates. Owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “Given the breadth of great numismatic […]

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