Ancient coins from the collection of the American Numismatic Society feature prominently in two recent museum shows sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton, were married in an elaborate (some would even say "fairy tale”) wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. It was a delight for royal watchers, as people around the globe altered their sleep schedule to view the event unfolding live on television and the Internet, and various mints went into overdrive...
The story of mutiny on the high seas has been captured in movies, books and other popular culture. The Mutiny on the Bounty, the event most often linked to such tales, occurred on April 28, 1789. The mutiny was led by Fletcher Christian against the ship’s captain, Lt. William Bligh.
The March 14 Collectors’ Clearinghouse column featured an unusual 1987 Indian 5-paise coin with an irregular outgrowth extending from the right side of the Ashoka Lion (see photo). Its appearance seemed incompatible with any known die defect, so I attributed it to a hubbed-in encrustation.
The 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in what is now Ukraine highlighted the dangers of nuclear power in the most dramatic way. The world’s worst nuclear disaster (in terms of cost and casualties) occurred when an explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.
The technology that powers today’s computer networks and iPhones was discovered by Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi. Marconi was born in Italy on April 25, 1874. In 1974, Italy issued a 100-lira circulating commemorative coin to celebrate the inventor’s birth centennial.
Ancient legend suggests that Apollo, the son of Zeus and Leto, came down from Mount Olympus and traveled through northern and central Greece until he finally found the proper site for the foundation of his oracle at Crisa under the snow-capped Mount Parnassos.
The Perth Mint has issued three Proof coins to mark the April 21 birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, her 90th. On that day, the queen (who ascended the throne in 1952) became the first reigning British monarch to reach that milestone. The coins are a 1-ounce .999 fine silver dollar, a quarter-ounce .9999 fine gold $25 piece and a High Relief 2-ounce .9999 fine gold $100...
King Charles II was 18 years old when his father, Charles I, was executed in 1649 during the English Civil War. The 11-year period of Commonwealth rule that followed ended in 1660 when Charles II was restored to the throne, marking the end of republican rule in England. Though he took the throne in 1660, Charles II’s coronation did not occur until April 23, 1661.