One of 10 known examples of a silver sestertius from the short reign of Roman emperor Divus Titus starred in Dix Noonan Webb’s Feb. 15 auction, shattering the pre-auction estimate range. It sold for £372,000 ($464,981 U.S.), including the 20 percent buyer’s fee, on a pre-sale estimate of between £60,000 and £80,000.
An international coin program using deep relief turns to an American subject for a 2017 offering. MDM, a wholesaler and retailer based in Germany, used what it calls “four layer minting technology” to produce a $10 coin depicting the United States Capitol.
The Protestant Reformation 500 years ago has left a lasting impact on the world. Swissmint marks the anniversary of the Reformation with a 2017 noncirculating, legal tender .835 fine silver 20-franc coin.
The tragic World War II sinking of an Australian warship carrying many noncombatants is the subject of the Royal Australian Mint’s newest commemorative coin. The 2017 20-cent coin depicts the SS Vyner Brooke’s torturous journey while the packaging features related images.
Maui trade dollars have been issued in a long string going back decades. These tokens are issued for use on Maui but are often retained as souvenirs of a visit to Hawaii. The current series began in 1992 and continues to be issued today, with a $2 face value.
The ninth edition of "Gold Coins of the World," by Arthur L. Friedberg and Ira S. Friedberg, is now available from book sellers. The all-new edition contains approximately a thousand new listings not in the previous edition. The newest edition calls on the expertise of more than 100 expert contributors and consultants from around the globe.
Roman emperor Hadrian (A.D. 117 to 138) renowned for his wall, also produced extraordinary coinage. His provincial issues are intriguing. Chief among the coins that Hadrian struck in the provinces were silver cistophori — large, silver coins he produced in two distinct phases.
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.
The cut, counterstamped and otherwise necessity coins of the West Indies have always been of interest to me, as I have a family link to that part of the world. My paternal grandfather, Allan T. Gilkes Sr., was born in 1888 on the island of Montserrat but emigrated from the island to the United States while still a teenager. Much of where my grandfather knew as home...
United Kingdom residents are by now likely well aware that the shape of their £1 coin is about to change, but less talked about has been the date on which their old £1 coins, also known as the “Round Pound,” will no longer be valid legal tender.