Updating the tooling for coinage can be accomplished in several ways, depending on whether the date originates partly or wholly on the master hub, the master die, or the working die. The method most fraught with human error involves punching some or all of the digits into each working die by hand.
One of the most infamous anti-Semitic medals is the Korn Jude medal from 1694. Made in silver, the design by Christian Wermuth hypes stereotypes and plays to fear during tough economic times in Germany. An example of this medal is offered in William Rosenblum’s auction No. 46A, which closes July 11.
Many Americans may recall a few names from the heroic era of the Dutch War for Independence: William the Silent, Spanish King Philip II and the Duke of Alba. Religious and worldly disputes and involvement in the wars of more powerful neighbors filled long years of struggle. Dutch medals can clarify this tangled age.
Though they intended to find diamonds, miners in Namibia struck gold — and silver. A treasure of an estimated 2,100 gold coins and an undisclosed number of silver and base metal coins was found in a shipwreck off the coast of Namibia. The wreck of the Bom Jesus began making news in early June, but was actually discovered in 2008.
Kevin Foley, bourse chairman of the New York International Numismatic Convention, confirms that the 2017 show will be held at the regularly scheduled time and place, the historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, from Jan. 6 to 15. But the future of the hotel — investors are closing it for three years beginning in spring 2017 to convert much of the space to private apartments —...
A tiger and a dragon are locked in battle, but there’s no blood being drawn or roars from the beasts. That is the scene on a 2016 Proof .9999 fine silver $8 coin released in June from the Royal Canadian Mint.
The 2016 Olympics are nearing, and with the excitement of the best athletes in the world gathering for one of the biggest sporting event in the world comes the excitement about the design and composition of the medals they’re competing for. Last week the Brazilian Mint, in collaboration with the International Olympic Confederation, unveiled the gold, silver, and...
Finland will honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of philosopher Georg Henrik von Wright with a 2016 circulating commemorative €2 coin. The late professor at the University of Cambridge was born June 14, 1916, and died June 16, 2003.
The Royal Mint continues to commemorate World War I and the journey from outbreak to armistice with its third six-coin set of £5 coins, which is available in silver and gold versions. Each year from 2014 to 2018, the Royal Mint is issuing a set of six coins that cover a range of themes.
Austria’s final silver coin in the series honoring each of the nation’s nine provinces is now available. This Austria By Its Children series features designs that were created by 9- and 10-year-old schoolchildren of Austria. The final .925 fine silver €10 coin celebrates the province of Upper Austria.