Boningtons Fine Art Auctioneers announced Oct. 23 that it will be offering a British Queen Anne “Vigo” gold 5-guinea coin struck from gold seized by the British from a Spanish fleet in Vigo Bay on Oct. 23, 1702, exactly 314 years before the Boningtons announcement was made.
The Pobjoy Mint’s final gold Christmas Angel bullion coin for the Isle of Man presents the gifts associated with the birth of the Christ child. The Pobjoy Mint has issued annually a limited mintage Angel 20th-ounce gold coin for the Isle of Man to celebrate the Christmas season.
Recent offerings of major collections, as well as scattered highlights of iconic coins, provide proof that the top end of the market is, for the most part, cruising right along. Some weakness is evident when material isn’t superb quality, but top items bring top prices.
When the Treaty of Amiens was broken and the British declared war, Napoleon commissioned a medal to attack Britain’s actions and show the French reaction. An apparently unique and previously unknown gold version of this medal, from the estate of the Bonaparte family, is heading to auction.
Walt Disney’s character Mickey Mouse is the latest subject of the Monnaie de Paris’ Youth series of collector coins. The series offers several different pieces in gold and silver, some with color.
Military leaders are a popular subject of world coins. A pair of popular world coins are the 1947-S coins from the Philippines honoring Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the American general. A 50-centavo coin is a companion to a silver peso also showing the general.
The coin grades Good EF, according to the auction house. It was struck circa 43 or 42 B.C., not long after the 44 B.C. murder of the ruler.
More than mere money, coins serve as memorials to the flora, fauna and famous people and places that make a nation unique. But sometimes the pairing of a person with a coin is head-scratchingly puzzling. From the sublime to silly, hundreds of world coins depict famous Americans. Here's one that actually makes some sense.
The city of Taras, known to the Romans as Tarentum, was founded by Greek colonists from Sparta along a large, natural harbor on the instep of the “heel” of Italy. From the late sixth through the late third centuries B.C., Taras produced one of the most significant and interesting coinages of south Italy.
Greek coins are, in many ways, the standard bearers for classical beauty in coin design. Among the well known and respected practitioners of this art is the sculptor known to us today as Kimon.