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How skidding dies can lead to all sorts of...
by Mike Diamond Horizontal movements can occur before impact, during impact, and during retraction. If a lateral shift occurs during impact or early in retraction (before it’s cleared the coin’s surface), the die will drag itself across the coin. This will cause the newly struck design to be repositioned, smeared, scraped or erased.
Swizterland's next 100-franc note to depict a...
by Arthur L. Friedberg The Swiss National Bank surprised a village with news that its centuries-old irrigation canal, the Bisse d’Ayant, wikk be featured on the nation's next 100-franc note. The still-operating canal was built in 1442.
Collectors usually treat coins with care, but not...
by Jeff Starck Coin collectors generally take pains to preserve and protect coins for future generations. An 1880 bronze medal issued by the Austrian Numismatic Society, though, is the product of a reversal of that policy. The group had ancient bronze coins melted down to provide metal for the medal.
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German medallic artist Karl Goetz inspired by news...
by Jeff Starck German medallic artist Karl Goetz has a rich legacy of artwork, especially of a satirical nature. One piece coming up for sale in Presidential Coin & Antique Co.’s auction No. 86, ending Aug. 29, however, simply celebrates a news event, with no perception of its grave consequences.
Summer road trip to an art museum finds...
by Steve Roach Summertime means road trips, and a recent journey took the author to the David Owsley Museum of Art in Muncie, Ind. Its collection areas include ancient, medieval, Renaissance, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century and modern art, arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas; European and American decorative arts and furniture; and works on paper, including...