The Royal Dutch Mint brought a taste of the Netherlands to the World Money Fair as the guest of honor for the 2018 event Feb. 2 through 4 in Berlin.
After fire destroyed buildings at the Kremlin in Moscow in 1763, Catherine II (“the Great”) made plans to rebuild. The efforts Catherine began would take decades, long outlasting her reign, and in 1773 a gold medal was issued to commemorate the inauguration of the actual reconstruction.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most iconic natural wonders of Australia, and Downies, in conjunction with Niue, has released the Proof .999 fine silver $10 coin commemorating this important ecosystem.
New bullion coins from the Perth Mint imagine dragons on a rectangular format coin — a .9999 fine silver dollar and a .9999 fine gold $100 coin celebrating Chinese mythology.
Like all host nations since 1952, South Korea has issued a suite of commemorative coins to celebrate the events.
Spain on Feb. 1 launched both of its circulating commemorative €2 coins for 2018, highlighting Santiago and the 50th anniversary of King Felipe VI’s reign.
A distributor in the United States is offering 2018 silver and gold medals celebrating the Swiss shooting festival tradition from Switzerland.
The RCM announced Feb. 2 during the World Money Fair in Berlin the development of Mintshield, a proprietary new process that mint officials said reduces the occurrence of white spots on silver bullion coins.
Bronze examples of the 19th century medal were issued for half a taler, while silver examples cost two talers. The issue cost for this unique gold example is not given, but it is estimated to top $24,000 at auction Feb. 23.
One type of contemporary fakes, made alongside the ancient coinage they imitated, are known as fourrées. An example of the ancient imposter, a silver fourrée denarius of Claudius, issued circa A.D. 49 or 50, is offered as part of Davisson’s Ltd. Auction 37, closing Feb. 21.