Pattern pieces, and their unofficial brethren, fantasies, can be found all over the world, as the process to select and adopt new designs follows a similar linear path in most places. One famous fantasy piece from Australia is offered as part of Downies Australian Coin Auctions’ sale No. 323, scheduled for March 15 to 17.
Slovenia marks the 10th anniversary of the euro in Slovenia with a 2017 circulating commemorative €2 coin featuring a ring of 10 flying swallows as the reverse design.
An attempted coup d’état in Turkey on July 15, 2016, against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was unsuccessful. The nation of Turkey issued a circulating commemorative ringed-bimetallic 1-lira coin in memory of those who fought and died in the attempted coup d’etat.
A rare and little understood silver crown from a breakaway state in Africa was one of many highlights in Stephen Album Rare Coins’ Auction No. 27, which was held Jan. 19 to 22. The 1969 coin is from Biafra, a short-lived entity that fought for freedom from Nigeria from May 30, 1967, to January 1970.
One of the more interesting lotteries was held in Czechoslovakia in June 1935 to benefit the nation’s athletes who would be participating in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The ticket is attractively printed in predominantly red, blue, and gold with a large vignette of two of the nation’s Olympians.
The Pobjoy Mint has issued a special “two-headed coin” to mark the sapphire jubilee of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, the first British monarch to reach 65 years in the top royal seat, as of the Feb. 6 anniversary of her ascension.
The Monnaie de Paris is issuing a circulating commemorative €2 coin in 2017 to mark the centennial of the death of famed sculptor Auguste Rodin. Rodin, best known for The Thinker, appears on the obverse of the new coin with his famous work.
The ancient tradition of Olympic Games also includes an ancient tradition of Olympic coinage. An example of this early commemorative coinage, a circa 340 B.C. silver stater for the 100th Olympiad, highlights the Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles Pre-Long Beach auction Feb. 14.
In its final year at the Waldorf-Astoria, the New York International Numismatic Convention in 2017 continued to serve as the center of international numismatics to kick off a new year. The convention — held for its 45th time — served as the home to auctions garnering nearly $39 million.