A trove of classic British gold coins hidden for decades will soon have a new home. The 913 coins, however, will not be returned to the family that most recently owned the piano in which the hoard was discovered, because the hoard was hidden decades before they bought the musical instrument.
Willem-Alexander, king of the Netherlands, celebrates his 50th birthday on April 27. To mark the milestone, the Royal Dutch Mint has issued four commemorative coins for the Netherlands and two coins for the Netherlands Antilles.
The Monnaie de Paris’ new commemorative coins mark the World War I centennial. Three 2017 Modern Warfare coins, due for release May 5, compose the fourth annual issue in a larger Great War series that began in 2014 from the French Mint.
The Perth Mint celebrates the mythical dragon with a 2017 silver coin from Tuvalu. The 2-ounce .999 fine silver $2 coin features an Antique Finish, was struck to piedfort (double-thick) size, and has a low mintage.
A bronze jeton or medal marks the successful discovery and disruption of the Gunpowder Plot in England. It realized a hammer price of $525 in an online auction that closed April 12.
Canada’s Confederation Centennial in 1967 led to a whole new suite of circulating coin designs, issued just in that anniversary year. To honor the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Royal Canadian Mint continues a series of large 5-ounce gold-plated .9999 fine silver versions of these classic designs.
A rare gold coin in Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneer’s May 9 auction is a reminder of the Danish efforts of colonialization in what is now Ghana. The gold 2-ducat coin issued for Christiansborg, Guinea (modern-day Ghana), is an extremely rare issue.
Swans can fly as fast as 50 miles per hour, but a silver Swan can fly off the shelves even faster. The Perth Mint’s new Swan 1-ounce silver bullion coin went on sale April 2, and all 25,000 coins sold out within less than 48 hours.
The classic annual book about British coins is now available from an American-based distributor. And, for the second year, the book is actually a pair of references. Coins of England and the United Kingdom, 52nd edition, is a two-volume set featuring pre-decimal issues in a hardback volume and decimal coins in a paperback edition.
A famous German automobile company left in wreckage at the end of World War II in 1961 celebrated a major milestone, when the modern iteration of Volkswagen produced its five millionth Volkswagen automobile. A silver medal from Germany celebrating the milestone is offered in Emporium Hamburg’s auction No. 78, scheduled for April 25 and 26.