Spain’s national postal service, the Sociedad Estatal de Correos y Telégrafos S.A., operates as Correos. Correos is one of the largest postal services in the world. Based in Madrid, it has more than 10,000 postal centers all over Spain. The Royal Spanish Mint is celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of Correos with a Proof .925 fine silver €10 coin.
Coin collectors generally take pains to preserve and protect coins for future generations. An 1880 bronze medal issued by the Austrian Numismatic Society, though, is the product of a reversal of that policy. The group had ancient bronze coins melted down to provide metal for the medal.
German medallic artist Karl Goetz has a rich legacy of artwork, especially of a satirical nature. One piece coming up for sale in Presidential Coin & Antique Co.’s auction No. 86, ending Aug. 29, however, simply celebrates a news event, with no perception of its grave consequences.
Robert-Ralph Carmichael, whose iconic Loon image came to define the dollar denomination of Canadian coins, has died. Mr. Carmichael died July 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. His artwork depicts a loon swimming in a lake, with coniferous trees visible on points of land on the horizon.
Spain has unveiled the design for its 2017 circulating commemorative €2 coin from its annual series showcasing Spain’s UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. The 2017 ringed-bimetallic coin, scheduled for release Feb. 1, features an oblique view of the Santa Maria del Naranco Church, entirely contained on the coin’s copper-nickel core.
Many countries farm out their coining operations to foreign mints. Outsourcing makes sense if you lack a mint of your own or if the demands of commerce outstrip domestic coining capabilities. Hired mints, though, can end up making errors too.
World coin auctions scheduled for the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money are slated to offer a literal world of options. But three specialized collections offered during Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night auction on Aug. 11 offer dollar-sized highlights across many price points.
The Czech Mint marks crucial wartime moments from 1941 with a series of 2016 noncirculating legal tender coins, starting with a coin featuring the Bismarck. Named after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the Bismarck and fellow ship Tirpitz were the largest battleships ever built by Germany, and two of the largest built by any European power.
The San Marino Grand Prix isn’t actually held in San Marino, but it’s close enough for the tiny nation to share its name and celebrate the event. The San Marino Grand Prix was established especially for Imola in 1981, where it continued through 2006. A Proof .925 fine silver €10 coin marks the 35th anniversary of that first race in 1981.
I really like it when I get to learn something new as a result of my roll searching hobby! This month’s coins came to me as I looked through several rolls of 5-cent coins. Although the dimensions of the two coins found were different, someone apparently placed them both inside the same hand-wrapped roll of 5-cent coins. I have never found coins of the type shown...