No ruler of ancient Greece may be as well known and widely discussed as Alexander III, Alexander the Great. The Macedonian ruler destroyed the Persian Empire and helped spread Hellenistic culture. A “Nearly Mint State” gold stater of Amphipholis, issued circa 330 to 320 B.C. by the ruler, is offered in Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles’ Pre-Long Beach auction...
The British vote to exit the European Union one of the most significant moments in EU history — is subject of a new program of three Proof commemorative coins from the Cook Islands. The program is being issued by Coin Invest Trust, a private Lichtenstein-based company.
Mexico’s Caballito peso series was issued from 1910 to 1914. The coin was intended to mark the War of Independence and was, according to the Bank of Mexico, as such, the first commemorative coin of its kind in Mexico.
Though overall attendance at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, conducted Aug. 9 to 13 in Anaheim, Calif., was down from 2015, one bright spot emerges. The number of Boy and Girl Scouts in attendance at the 2016 show was 240, compared to 46 for the 2015 convention in Rosemont, Ill.
In the late 1700s, a serious shortage of coinage in England led to an abundance of counterfeit coins and merchant tokens to fill the shortfall unaddressed by the Royal Mint since the 1775 pennies. In June of 1797, inventor Matthew Boulton received royal permission to strike copper coins at his private mint in Soho, Birmingham, to help fill the need.
Malta’s newest circulating commemorative €2 coin celebrates something really old. The 2016 coin, due for release in August, honors a megalithic temple complex from the Neolithic Period on the Mediterranean island of Gozo. The Ġgantija temples are the earliest of the Megalithic Temples of Malta.
Just as the Greeks had a signature silver coin, the Roman denarius (plural: denarii) was the centerpiece of the Roman currency system. The small silver coin was first minted about 211 B.C. during the Second Punic War, and became the most common coin produced for circulation, remaining useful long after memories of the war had faded.
The calendar may say August 2016, but coins bearing the 2017 date are now available. The annual Lunar Year 5-ounce gold-plated silver $8 coin from Niue helps usher in the Year of the Rooster, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 28, 2017, and continue through Feb. 15, 2018.
Some coins are just cooler than others. Whether it’s their design, the circumstances surrounding their issue, or how they reflect technological changes in minting, some coins just have a special “something.” There may be no more iconic ancient Greek coinage than the Owls from Athens.