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.
Like all host nations since 1952, South Korea has issued a suite of commemorative coins to celebrate the events.
Also this week, the 2018 American Liberty tenth-ounce gold $10 coin hit the retail market.
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.
For the first time since the reign of Queen Victoria, the queen and three future monarchs are honored together on official United Kingdom coinage.
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.
The 2018 edition of the popular British coin enthusiast’s catalog “Coins of England and the United Kingdom” is now available in the United States as a two-volume set.
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.