The dramatic warming in relations between the United States and Fidel Castro’s Cuba may bring some attention to such long-forgotten items as the 138.5-millimeter-long mechanical pencil distributed in the 1950s by Carlos A. Fernandez Campos, a fervent supporter of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar (born 1901, died 1973).
The Austrian Mint on Oct. 28 will issue the third Proof .986 fine gold €100 coin in the “Wildlife in Our Sights” program. The six-coin series celebrates the diversity of Europe’s native wildlife as well as the sustainable management of their habitats. The 2015 coin depicts the Capercaillie, the largest species of the Grouse family. The obverse of the 2015 coin was designed...
The Royal Mint continues its Shēngxiào Collection with coins celebrating the Lunar Year of the Monkey, which starts Feb. 8, 2016. Known as the Shēngxiào (or Chinese zodiac) Collection, the Royal Mint’s lunar coins blend Chinese tradition with British craftsmanship, the Royal Mint says.
Medals, orders, and decorations earned by Sir Ernest Shackleton for polar exploration are headed to auction. Christie’s London offers 12 lots of Shackleton’s property during its Oct. 8 Travel, Science and Natural History auction. The lots are offered as Nos. 141 to 152 in the sale.
The Celtic people, the subject of a British Museum exhibit that opened Sept. 24, fascinate. A debased gold stater in Nomos Ag’s auction No. 11, scheduled for Oct. 9, highlights the connections between the Celtic and Greek cultures.
Trade with Chinese merchants soared after the Opium Wars broke barriers to commerce. A preference for silver specie led several nations to issue dollar-sized silver coins exclusively for trade in the derogatorily termed “Orient.” Britain was uncharacteristically late with its Trade silver dollars, which debuted in 1895.
The Scottsdale Mint is trying to make coin collectors an offer they can’t refuse. Don Corleone, the character played by Marlon Brando in the first two Godfather films, appears on one of two new themed coins struck in the name of Niue. The coins were struck by Scottsdale and licensed through Paramount Pictures, the movie studio behind the popular three-film series.
World mints are constantly striving to advance the technology of coin security, to stay at least one step ahead of the counterfeiter. One of the oldest techniques for confounding the counterfeiter and the clipper revolves around altering the coin’s “third side,” or edge.
Egypt’s opening of a new Suez Canal project is now celebrated with a circulating commemorative ringed-bimetallic 1-pound coin. The nation issued a reported 2 million examples of the A.H. 1436 (2015) coin in early September. The coin celebrates the opening of a project to expand the capacity of the existing Suez Canal (which opened in 1869).
German auction firm Fritz Rudolph Künker continues to bring thousands of coins and medals to the market in its week-long auctions events. The latest extravaganza begins Sept. 26 and continues through Oct. 2. Coin World Senior Editor Jeff Starck spoke with Künker during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. Künker explained the significance of the...