Though the Enterprise flew under the flag of the United Federation of Planets, it is the Royal Canadian Mint that is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series with 11 new coins. The program includes three coins depicting the signature vessel of the interstellar space travelers, the Enterprise.
The portraits on coins in the later Lycian series are among the finest of the Classical period, according to Classical Numismatic Group, which sold an example of this artistry in its May 18 auction. The silver stater, issued circa 390 to 370 B.C. for the dynast Mithrapata, realized a hammer price of $3,250 against an estimate of $3,000. The buyer’s fee is either 19 or...
A rare bronze sestertius of Trajan celebrating the expansion of a Roman port is offered in Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles’ June 7 and 8 auction. The new port was finished in A.D. 113, and the event was honored on the bronze sestertius in the same year.
One of the most famous female leaders in world history, Maria Theresa was coronated 275 years ago this year. To mark the anniversary, the Kremnica Mint in Slovakia has issued a Proof 2016 .900 fine gold €100 coin.
The Pobjoy Mint has issued an ultra high relief silver coin celebrating the 150th anniversary of America’s Civil Rights Act of 1866. The Proof 2016 $10 piedfort coin, released on behalf of the British Virgin Islands, features on the reverse an ultra high relief image based on the famous Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, and is struck so that side of the coin is...
A huge collection of the British equivalent of American inaugural medals realized an auction total of £153,618 ($224,778 U.S.) during A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd.’s May 3 auction in London. The Dr. Robert and Joshua Feldman Collection of Official British Coronation and Jubilee Medals featured 75 lots with 77 medals (including a small number of copies or imitations).
The first Dutch commemorative coin of 2016 also marks the debut of new technology from the Royal Dutch Mint. The Proof 2016 silver €5 coin from a series of coins honoring the Wadden Sea will be the first Dutch commemorative coin to feature what the Royal Dutch Mint calls the Line Phase Modulation technique.
Over the past seven months several world and private mints have launched new coin series that depict Nordic gods and Vikings, the Germanic Norse seafarers who ruled Scandinavia from the eighth to the 11th centuries. Though the series are independent of each other, they share a similar theme; several individual coins even celebrate the same subjects.
A rare gold 10-ducat coin from Wallenstein in Bohemia realized more than four times its estimate in Sincona Ag’s May 18 auction. The 1630 gold 10-ducat piece — believed to have been used as a donative or gift by the Duke of Wallenstein, Albrecht — was struck in 1630 at Jicin (a town in modern day Czech Republic).
One of four lads from Liverpool, John Lennon rounds out our look at famous musicians commemorated in coinage. The Royal Mint honored him on coins in 2010.