Tradition meets technology on the Royal Canadian Mint’s latest coin celebrating the Chinese culture. The Proof 2017 Dragon Boat Festival .999 fine silver $25 coin is “a vibrant celebration of the ancient cultural traditions of Chinese-Canadians.”
No cultural custom may be associated with the Swiss people more than yodeling. The custom is the subject of Swissmint’s new 2017 .825 fine silver 20-Swiss-franc coin, released to honor the 30th Swiss Yodelling Festival.
A group of coins stolen during World War II is now being returned to Austria. The American Numismatic Society on May 26 repatriated 94 medieval coins that had been stolen from the Museum Carolino-Augusteum of Salzburg in 1945.
The Falkland Islands are reportedly the “penguin capital of the world” because of the more than 1 million flightless birds that call the islands home. To celebrate the status, the Pobjoy Mint has launched a new Penguin coin series. The first coins also celebrate the Pobjoy Mint’s first striking of Falkland Islands circulating coins in nearly 10 years.
The Star Trek franchise is one of the most popular science-fiction properties. World mints continue to revisit the popular culture mainstay, mining subject matter for new collector coins, including two recent coins from Canada and Tuvalu.
The mob murder scene is depicted on the reverse, the brothers in the act of being killed as though by a many-headed monster composed of savage animals. Hence the “blood sport” reference.
The third edition of the definitive work on Chinese Panda coins is now available. Author Peter Anthony has just published The Gold and Silver Panda Buyer’s Guide, four years after the second edition was released.
A satirical medal offered May 27 during Netherlands-based MPO Auctions’ latest sale mocks the British victors and recalls the sacrifice of prisoners during the Second Boer War. The 1902 medal was issued to commemorate the Ragama Boer POW Camp in Ceylon.
Three denominations of Swedish coins will soon be invalid for use in circulation. The Sveriges Riksbank, or Swedish Central Bank, has warned consumers in Sweden that after June 30, older 1-, 2- and 5-krona coins will no longer be accepted in circulation
A premier collection of gold aurei of Rome is scheduled for auction on May 29 in Switzerland.Numismatic Ars Classica, in conjunction with Stack’s Bowers Galleries, is offering the George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei, Part II.