A new book traces British history through one medium that has dominated life for centuries — coins. Money Talks, British Monarchs and History in Coins by Bob Whittington offers an illustrated story of British monarchs and history, revealing the stories behind coins, reflecting the story of Great Britain from the Iron Age to the present day.
An example of a classic English coin from four centuries ago has received new life on a modern commemorative from the modern firm that shares its name with what was once among the most powerful business entities in the world. The East India Company’s newest coin celebrates the testern.
More than 100 years after his prime, German medallic satirist Karl Goetz is remembered because of the biting nature of many of his works. One such medal, commenting on “American neutrality” before America’s entry in WWI, is among lots in Stephen Album Rare Coins’ Sept. 14 and 15 auction in Santa Rosa, California.
A decade after being struck, a wrong planchet error has been discovered for a 2007 British coin. The £2 coin is supposed to be struck as a ringed-bimetallic coin, with an outer band of nickel-brass surrounding an inner disc of copper-nickel. Instead, a collector in the north of England found an example struck on a solid planchet.
The Chinese appetite for Australian gold is worth $11 billion annually, according to the Perth Mint. Chinese investors are buying more than 230 metric tons of Australian gold bullion, worth $11 billion, on the Shanghai Gold Exchange every year, the Perth Mint announced.
Astronomer Harvey Richer has authored “The Gold Coins of Newfoundland 1865–1888,” which explores the history of Newfoundland through its coinage.
The Year of the Dog in the Chinese lunar calendar will begin Feb. 16, 2018, but on July 30 Niue released what may be the first 2018 coin for the event. Three dogs appear on the reverse of the coin, with the largest among them appearing with selective gold plating.
In the summer of 1947, a rancher in New Mexico found debris from the crash of an unidentified flying object 30 miles north of the town of Roswell. The private Art Mint celebrates the anniversary of what has come to be known as the Roswell Incident with a silver coin shaped resembling a UFO, at least as interpreted by American popular culture.
The leader of Hupeh Province in China in 1911 was an unlikely choice and one of his coins feature a misspelled inscription. Now an example is headed to auction in Hong Kong.
In addition to garnering a licensing fee for its use of the ANA name, the medals will expand the ANA’s international exposure, especially in Asia, according to William Graessle, director of business development at PandaAmerica.