Coin collectors might just do a double take after viewing the Pobjoy Mint’s new ultra high relief Proof silver $10 coin from the British Virgin Islands. The coin, which celebrates the platinum wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, features dual portraits of the royal couple on both sides of the coin.
The nation of Luxembourg is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Luxembourg Constitution in 2018 with a circulating commemorative €2 coin. The design for the coin was released in mid-December.
Modern machine-struck coinage came to Tibet in the first decade of the 20th century, with production of these first silver srang pieces starting in 1908. An example of this early mechanized coinage sold in Champion Hong Kong Auctions’ Nov. 26 auction in Macau.
A privately engraved Saudi Arabian silver coin from the mid-20th century is a piece of numismatic folk art. The coin, which features an altered reverse side, is one of many lots being offered in Stephen Album Rare Coins’ auction No. 30, scheduled for Jan. 18 to 20 in Santa Rosa, California.
The Central Bank of Peru has issued a new circulating commemorative 1-nuevo-sol coin honoring the Andean condor. The coin, released Dec. 13, is the third in a series that began in 2017 and that celebrates Peru’s threatened wildlife.
What auctioneers describe as “the first English gold coin” is being offered for sale in early January. Heritage Auctions’ New York International Numismatic Convention sale, scheduled for Jan. 7 and 8 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, offers one of only a handful of known examples of the type, a coin struck circa 1257 for King Henry III.
In ancient times, Roman emperor Septimius Severus had to get creative to distract his two sons. A circa A.D. 202 to 210 gold aureus issued by the ruler recalls the measures he took to keep his sons Caracalla and Geta from fighting each other. The coin highlights Baldwin of St. James’s New York City auction Jan. 14.
The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a pair of silver $10 coins highlighting the concept of yin and yang in Chinese philosophy, which suggests that positive and negative, or opposite forces, are interconnected. The engraved and selectively colored pair of coins fit together to form a single circle.
Two new 1-ounce silver dollars depict different themes familiar in Chinese culture to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year begins on Feb. 16 and in the annual cycle celebrates the Year of the Dog in 2018, but neither of these coins features a dog.
The Cook Islands, in cooperation with Downies, has issued a set of three 1-ounce silver $5 coins honoring its namesake. The 2018 coins commemorate the 250th anniversary of the voyage that placed Cook in the history books.