Thousands of lots are slated to cross the auction block during nine days of auctions in early to mid-January during the New York International Numismatic Convention. The bourse will features thousands of numismatic items for sale and viewing, and the auction action draws buyers from around the globe and keeps them in the auction hall, sometimes into the early...
The 70-millimeter gilded bronze medal is indeed military in nature. Designed, engraved and signed by Belgian engraver Pierre Theunis, its obverse and reverse designs reflect effects of Germany’s 1914 invasion of Belgium during the early stages of World War I.
A rare silver triple reichstaler is one of many highlights in two auctions from Fritz Rudolf Künker on Feb. 2 in Berlin. The 1617 coin of Pomerania-Stettin, issued for Duke of Pomerania Philip II, marks the centennial or Jubilee of the Reformation.
Many dream of finding treasure in unexpected places, but that dream became reality for a United Kingdom resident in 2016. A 1703 Vigo Bay gold 5-guinea coin — one of the rarest English gold coins ever — was discovered in the inherited belongings of a family, according to the London auction house Boningtons Auctioneers, which sold the coin in its Nov. 16 auction.
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s successful Endurance expedition, so named for the ship it started with, is considered by some to be the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. The official name is the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The Pobjoy Mint has struck coins honoring the expedition for South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.
Christmas is celebrated as a time of peace, but during World War I, a battle in modern-day Latvia became legendary. A Latvijas Banka (Latvia’s central bank) 2016 Proof .925 fine silver €5 coin commemorates the “Christmas Battles.”
Wealth and wisdom come hand-in-hand to people born during the Year of the Rooster, according to a new pair of coins from the Perth Mint. Two Proof .9999 fine silver dollars from Tuvalu depict colorful roosters representing either wealth or wisdom, as identified on the reverse above each bird.
Finland in 2017 will celebrate a centennial of independence from Russia. To mark the milestone, the Mint of Finland has unveiled a silver €10 coin and a gold €100 coin honoring the theme, each due for release on Jan. 3, 2017.
Dutch artist Hieronymous Bosch is the latest subject of commemorative coins from Spain to celebrate artwork in Spanish museums. To mark the 500th anniversary of his death, the Royal Spanish Mint is issuing its first square color coin.
Byzantine silver coins, generally, are significantly rarer than the gold, electrum, billon or copper coins of that empire. Even so, a great many silver coins were issued throughout the nearly thousand years of the Byzantine Empire. Silver coins assumed many different forms in the Byzantine world depending upon when and where they were minted.