The first issue in Coin Invest Trust’s new Evolution of Life series, minted for Mongolia, celebrates ammonites in detail and high relief. The silver 500-togrog coin and gold 1,000-togrog coin were announced Dec. 21.
Spain continues its annual series of circulating commemorative €2 coins honoring the nation’s UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. The subject of the 2016 ringed-bimetallic coin, the seventh in the series, is slated to honor Segovia and its famous Roman aqueduct, which was built around 50 B.C.
A gold lifesaving medal from Prussia highlights Fritz Rudolf Künker’s Feb. 4 auction in Berlin. The auction, the Osnabrück, Germany, firm’s 271st, is scheduled at the Estrel Hotel one day before the World Money Fair.
Archaeologists digging in the royal Haihunhou cemetery in Nanchang City in eastern China are reported to have unearthed considerable numbers of gold coins, gold sheets, gold ingots, and other relics from the Han Dynasty. On Dec. 24, the head of the archaeological experts panel, Xin Lixiang, is reported in media interviews to have indicated the latest finds include an...
The wide realm of French numismatics includes two specialized areas, coins of new and innovative design bearing the word ESSAI and pieces of massive thickness called “piéforts.” “Essai” is translated as “pattern” or “trial” when it appears on designs or denominations that may not have been adopted for circulation.
The range of topics available to collect through 50-cent or equivalent coins is broad, and could includes birds, animals, medical symbols, national leaders, multisided coins, historically important issues, and even one-year type coins.
When a coin type is discontinued, collectors collect farewell issues and coin sets. Some reasons to say farewell to a coin denomination include: decimalization, reunification, political changes, and seigniorage issues, including inflation.
This is only the fifth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to appear on United Kingdom circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952.
A gold coin melt some 100 years in the making finally occurred in 2015. In June, the Royal Canadian Mint completed melting of one-third of all Canadian 1912, 1913 and 1914 gold coins. More than 215,000 $5 and $10 coins were melted during a 10-day period early in June.
The United Kingdom has issued dozens of 50-penny coins, and several nations in the British world have also issued "imposter" coins of the same value. For 40 years, the seven-sided 50-penny coin was home to Britannia, before a redesign in 2008 sent her to the sidelines. But she has been a constant source of commemorative designs since 1973.