A 2015 circulating commemorative €2 coin from Greece marks the 75th anniversary of death of runner Spiridon “Spyros” Louis. Louis was known for being the first marathon winner of the modern Olympic Games, the summer event conducted in Greece in 1896.
The universe of colorful circulating coins is growing. The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in October is issuing a circulating commemorative $1 coin featuring color. Like several other colorful circulating commemorative coins, this new coin was struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
A new book released during a coin show in the Netherlands celebrates one of the most famous world trade coins, the ducat. Gold Ducats of the Netherlands, Vol. 1, by Dariusz F. Jasek, was released during the Houten coin fair Sept. 19.
A four-dimensional concept is now presented in a three-dimensional format. A 2015 $2 coin in the name of Cook Islands visibly explains the relationship between space and time, as created by scientist Hermann Minkowski, building on Albert Einstein’s 1905 Special Theory of Relativity.
The 1690 Battle of Boyne in modern-day Ireland was a turning point in King James I’s failed attempt to reclaim the throne. A silver medal honoring the event shows the victorious King William and realized £6,240 ($9,642 U.S.), nearly double its low estimate of £3,500, during the Sept. 23 auction by A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. in London.
The former Van Nelle Factory on the Delfhavense Schie in Rotterdam is the Netherlands’ most important industrial national heritage site. Up until 1995, coffee, tea and tobacco were processed here, but today the building is home to a number of different companies. The iconic building was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014. Now, the fo ....
Collectors and financial historians are familiar with the maxim that “bad money drives out good money,” an economic principle often referred to as Gresham’s Law. The concept is actually more lengthy, but the principle is this: “When a government overvalues one type of money and undervalues another, the undervalued money will leave the country or di ....
The Austrian Mint on Oct. 28 will issue the third Proof .986 fine gold €100 coin in the “Wildlife in Our Sights” program. The six-coin series celebrates the diversity of Europe’s native wildlife as well as the sustainable management of their habitats. The 2015 coin depicts the Capercaillie, the largest species of the Grouse family. The obverse of t ....
The Royal Mint continues its Shēngxiào Collection with coins celebrating the Lunar Year of the Monkey, which starts Feb. 8, 2016. Known as the Shēngxiào (or Chinese zodiac) Collection, the Royal Mint’s lunar coins blend Chinese tradition with British craftsmanship, the Royal Mint says.
Medals, orders, and decorations earned by Sir Ernest Shackleton for polar exploration are headed to auction. Christie’s London offers 12 lots of Shackleton’s property during its Oct. 8 Travel, Science and Natural History auction. The lots are offered as Nos. 141 to 152 in the sale.