A Chinese pattern from the 12th century is a highlight of Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s Hong Kong auction. The sale is scheduled for Dec. 8 to 15 at the Mira Hong Kong. The sale is scheduled for Dec. 8 to 15 at the Mira Hong Kong.
What possible explanation is there for a silver coin issued in a province that didn’t have a mint and rarely used silver in commerce? An undated (1898) silver 50-cent pattern from Shensi, China, was struck at the Heaton Mint in Birmingham, England, but determining the origin of the mysterious coin took decades.
War and battle, birthdays and farewells are some of the themes announced for the United Kingdom’s 2016 circulating commemorative coins. Among themes, the Royal Mint is celebrating the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on a 50-penny coin, while £2 coins mark the centennial of World War I and the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.
New Jerusalem, as described in the Bible in the book of Revelation, is the final theme for the six-coin series of $2 from the Scottsdale Mint. The Niue coins in the Biblical series are exclusively issued through American Precious Metals Exchange, which announced the coin on Nov. 9.
Fullerton, Calif., dealer Dwight Manley recently discovered a fake South African gold Krugerrand coin in a fake NGC holder. Numismatic Guaranty Corp. has confirmed that the holder and coin are both counterfeit. Manley issued an advisory about the find on Nov. 10, calling the piece “frighteningly deceptive.”
The Worldwide Bimetallic Collectors Club, a group of collectors interested in coins that are ringed-bimetallic issues, has issued its 1,000th weekly newsmail. The club, which explores the world of bi-, tri- and tetra-metallic coins and medals, reached the milestone on Oct. 10.
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in early October presented Eugene Freeman with their Robert E. Burt Boy Scout Volunteer Award. Freeman served as Scout Chairman on the Chicago Coin Club’s local planning committee at the 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money conventions in Chicago.
The Royal Canadian Mint has partnered with the American-based National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing to issue a limited mintage 1-ounce silver medal. The licensed medal celebrating North America’s most popular motor sport series was announced Nov. 9.
Following a special coin in 2014 that featured a gold inlay against a silver planchet, the Portuguese State Mint in 2015 is issuing a single Proof gold and silver €2.5 coin that has connected parts, with half of the coin composed of gold and the other half of silver.
Retired National Hockey League player Luc Robitaille has partnered with a company to issue “challenge coins” to raise money for charity. The company NHL Challenge Coins announced the partnership with Robitaille and his charity Echoes of Hope, which is operated by both the retired player and his wife, Stacia.