When is a medieval medal not a medieval medal? The answer, it turns out, was available for purchase in Classical Numismatic Group’s Oct. 7 auction. Though dated 1231 in Roman numerals, the pseudo-medieval medal was actually struck circa 1576 to 1657, according to the firm, for the Holy Roman Empire.
A new book from Spink aims to elevate Islamic coins. Islamic Coins and their Values, Volume 1: The Mediaeval Period, by Tim Wilkes, is now available for pre-order and is published by Spink. The research is being split over two volumes, with the first volume focusing on the coins of the medieval period.
The Royal Australian Mint celebrates Remembrance Day with a new colorful circulating $2 coin. The coin highlights the centennial of the famous wartime poem “In Flanders Field.” which was written by Lt. Col. John McCrae after witnessing a battlefield of fallen soldiers.
In a ruling handed down on Oct. 22, the European Court of Justice made Bitcoin and other virtual currency alternatives tax-free, meaning they can be treated like traditional commodities. CNBC reports that Bitcoin can now be bought and exchanged throughout the European Union without a VAT (value added tax).
Beyond being items of commerce and stores of wealth, they also can be objects of personal adornment. Since ancient times coins have been used in jewelry, and today, some of the finest and most expensive jewelry incorporating coins is produced by the Italian firm Bulgari.
China’s 2016 Year of the Monkey coins have now been released in China. The People’s Bank of China released the coins Oct. 16. The 17 Year of the Monkey coins continue the annual Lunar Calendar series, with 10 gold coins and seven silver coins released for 2016 in four different shapes.
A silver scudo di lire sei (“scudo of 6 lire”) from Year VIII (1800) is one highlight from Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio’s Nov. 5 and 6 Baltimore world coin auction. Graded Mint State 64 Prooflike by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., the example in the sale is the only Prooflike example from either NGC or Professional Coin Grading Service, according to the auction firm.
Canada's 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union is celebrated on a 1997 silver dollar from Canada. The Summit Series was an eight-game ice hockey series between the USSR and Canada, held in September 1972.
Among the least studied of all medals of the long-ruling House of Habsburg are the coin-relief issues that appear occasionally on the numismatic market commemorating imperial and royal coronations over the centuries, like the handsome issue to mark the June 1867 coronation of the Apostolic King and Queen of Hungary.
Canada’s most celebrated individual hockey player also appears on coins. Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed “The Great One,” established multiple records during his 20-year NHL career.