Sharp-eyed collectors find many a mystery at coin conventions and events featuring historical objects, such as at gun shows. Pieces turn up for which there are no comprehensive guides in English, along with many fantasy, replica and counterfeit items of uncertain origin. Particularly numerous are items relating to Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich in Germany, 1933 to 1945.
The Perth Mint has opened a secure online trading platform allowing investors to store metal at the mint. Provided with trusted storage facilities, which are guaranteed by the Government of Western Australia, and with complete account privacy, investors are able to confidently transact with live pricing day or night, seven days a week.
One of the finest known of the rare Heart silver 8-real “cob” coins struck at the Potosi Mint realized a hammer price of $100,000 during Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC’s Oct. 29 auction. The Heart cob coins are part of a limited series issued by the Potosi Mint (modern-day Bolivia) that the auction house suggests were made for religious purposes.
The third volume in author Yossi Dotan’s Watercraft on World Coins trilogy is ready for ordering. Dotan is a “numisnautical” researcher, a recognized expert in modern coins depicting watercraft. Volume III: Africa and Oceania, 1800-2011, is set for release in December by publisher The Alpha Press.
The Pobjoy Mint has issued new coins on behalf of Ascension Island to commemorate the 275th Anniversary of the Composition of Rule, Britannia! The patriotic British song originated from a poem written by James Thomson of the same name and was set to music in 1740 by Thomas Arne.
During the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War, the British and Dutch were drawn into the American War of Independence at the Battle of the Dogger Bank on Aug. 5, 1781. A silver medal from the Dutch side of the war (and issued before that battle) was sold recently in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Nov. 5 to 10 auction, realizing $2,585, with a 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.
Each of its two strikes is from a different country. The design of a stainless steel 2010 Bolivia 50-centavo coin was struck over an unfamiliar and undated Chilean coin.
To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Pobjoy Mint has issued a convex commemorative coin on behalf of the Ascension Island Government.
A mule with an elephant and two lions sounds like the start of a bad zoological joke, but it describes a lot in Heritage Auctions’ inaugural Hong Kong auction, slated for Dec. 10 to 12.
Andorra plans to issue two circulating commemorative €2 coins before the calendar year concludes. One of the coins will mark the 25th anniversary of the signature of the Customs Agreement with the European Union. The other coin is scheduled to honor the 30th anniversary since laws marked the coming of age and political rights for men and women turning 18 years...