The outbreak of protests in Tiananmen Square in China in 1989 was felt in the coin hobby when some Chinese coins struck for U.S. sale suddenly became politically undesirable in the United States because of the crackdown. Proof 1989 Dragon and Phoenix coins that had been prepared for release were instead withdrawn and melted, according to Swiss International Coin...
Talk about building a nice nest egg — a new high relief Proof silver coin from the Perth Mint shows the strutters of the barnyard in style. The high relief Proof 2017 Australian Lunar 1-ounce silver coin celebrates the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese Lunar Zodiac calendar.
The 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor falls on Dec. 7, 2016. A new base metal coin from Tristan da Cunha memorializes the “Day that will live in infamy” in American history.
The Thirty Years’ War has been called Europe’s tragedy, but the resulting numismatic relics of three decades of turmoil are fascinating. A 1640 gold 5-ducat coin issued to celebrate the erection of additional fortifications around Munich highlights the Dec. 7 auction of Munich-based coin dealer Numismatik Lanz.
Ancient jewelry is now inspiring modern coins from the Bank of Latvia. Latvijas Banka on Nov. 10 released the first issue in a series of coins honoring gold brooches. The Proof 2016 Disc Fibula .9999 fine gold €5 coin replicates a third to fourth century artifact. Additional subjects planned for the series replicate the horseshoe and bubble fibulae.
The Pilot Whale is found in oceans nearly worldwide and now, on coins from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The Pobjoy Mint has issued Uncirculated copper-nickel and Proof .925 fine silver £2 coins featuring the same design of two pilot whales poking out of the icy water on the reverse.
Canada’s 1936 Dot cent combines pedigree, rarity and mystery, and remains a numismatic enigma. Only three examples of the rarity are known — and all of them can be traced to the same past owner. The coin exists only because royal romance interfered with duly planned coinage.
A popular mode of collecting medals is to focus on the work of a single medallic artist. Collectors are drawn to the Expressionistic medals of German medalist Karl Goetz (1875 to 1950) because of the strong emotional power he is able to convey in his pieces.