A “Napoleonic” medal scheduled for sale in Monaco has an American connection. The large gold medal was struck in 1856 for a French company that sponsored a gold ingot lottery to send former soldiers to the California gold fields.
The three Baltic states will make euro coinage history in 2018. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will issue a common circulating commemorative €2 coin celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Latvian and Estonian states and the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of Lithuanian statehood.
The famed ‘piano hoard’ is recognized as ‘treasure,’ and the Saint-Gaudens saga ends: Week’s Most Read
This week, we learned that a low mintage in the bullion coin market can trigger high prices. In addition, we profile coins sold at auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the Whitman Baltimore Expo that weren’t from the Pogue Collection.
The Mint of Finland has scrapped designs for a five-coin set honoring the nation’s independence. The decision came within 24 hours of the designs’ release, after an outcry against two of the designs rippled across social media and gained traction in the news cycle.
On the Thursday before the Christian holiday of Good Friday, Queen Elizabeth II distributed Royal Maundy coins at Leicester Cathedral. Leicester Cathedral was chosen for this year’s Maundy Service as it was the only Anglican Cathedral at which the ceremony had not taken place.
Melbourne Mint is launching a Proof Tyrannosaurus Rex 5-ounce .9999 fine silver $5 coin in the name of Tuvalu on May 2. The coin was struck by the Perth Mint.
Saudi Arabia has launched a new series of seven circulating coins, including a new 2-riyal denomination.
A trove of classic British gold coins hidden for decades will soon have a new home. The 913 coins, however, will not be returned to the family that most recently owned the piano in which the hoard was discovered, because the hoard was hidden decades before they bought the musical instrument.
Willem-Alexander, king of the Netherlands, celebrates his 50th birthday on April 27. To mark the milestone, the Royal Dutch Mint has issued four commemorative coins for the Netherlands and two coins for the Netherlands Antilles.
The Monnaie de Paris’ new commemorative coins mark the World War I centennial. Three 2017 Modern Warfare coins, due for release May 5, compose the fourth annual issue in a larger Great War series that began in 2014 from the French Mint.