One day, Jeff Starck stole an hour at the show and perused some of the cases and found a dealer offering some lots that caught his eye. He was successful.
In its final year at the Waldorf-Astoria, the New York International Numismatic Convention in 2017 continued to serve as the center of international numismatics to kick off a new year. The convention — held for its 45th time — served as the home to auctions garnering nearly $39 million.
The Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the Chinese Lunar calendar, runs from Jan. 28, 2017, to Feb. 15, 2018, but rooster-themed coins began to be issued in 2016. Other than Chinese coins, many other Lunar-themed pieces are produced, many of them in or on behalf of countries that comprise the British Commonwealth.
Though modern scholars have learned a great deal about ancient coinage, there are still more mysteries than there are confirmed facts. When one digs deep enough, it becomes apparent that many of the “facts” are simply educated guesses that are prone to future adjustment.
The pivotal Battle of Hastings changed the course of British history forever. It has been commemorated in numismatics several times, including on the 900th anniversary in 1966. An example of the commemorative gold medal Spink issued to mark the battle’s 1966 anniversary highlights Davissons Ltd.’s auction No. 36, which closes on Feb. 22.
The Royal Canadian Mint marks the anniversary of the nation’s founding on the Proof 2017 silver dollar coin, the newest issue in the annual series. A special gold-plated version of the dollar is also available, exclusively in the 2017 annual Proof set.
A classic French coin design continues to honor other classic French coin designs. The Monnaie de Paris on Jan. 31 will issue the 2017 version of its Sower coins. A current subset in the series honors classic French coins, and has done so with annual issues since 2014, to coincide with the French Mint’s 1,150th anniversary.
The Pobjoy Mint’s prolific 2017 program of colorful titanium coins continues with releases for two island nations. The 2017 royal blue titanium $5 coin issued on behalf of the British Virgin Islands Government features the blue marlin. The blue titanium £2 coin for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands honors the colossal squid.
When Australia went to war in the 1910s, artists went to work creating posters supporting the war effort. These posters are modern inspirations for an annual coin series issued by the Perth Mint. The Proof 2017 silver dollar, the fourth in the series that began in 2014, depicts a poster created in 1916 by the Young Men’s Christian Association.
The full program of precious metal coins and other versions of the commemorative designs will be released for individual sale throughout the year, but the sets are the only option now to acquire the coins, with one exception.