This volume is a breath of fresh air, serving as an excellent taster for anyone interested in Greek coinage but too daunted to step in. Author Robin J. Eaglen knows his subject and writes with crystal clarity, interweaving interesting facts to enhance the narrative. Greek coin enthusiasts will find it a pleasure, too.
Fiji joins the list of nations issuing a colorful titanium coin in conjunction with the Pobjoy Mint. The first of these coins features the national bird of Fiji, the collared lory.
Few coins have such an impact in economic history as to be celebrated by collectors from three different countries. The silver 5-sol coin of French King Louis XIV is one such coin, with interest to collectors from France, Canada and the United States of America.
The colonization of Australia famously received boosts through periodic arrivals of convict transportation ships. These ships brought thousands of English criminals to Australia (and the USA, it turns out), and rare folk art survives today from this period in the form of convict love tokens.
San Marino honors the late Italian professional motorcycle racer Marco Simoncelli with a ringed-bimetallic €5 coin marking the 30th anniversary of his birth.
The Greek poet Sappho is honored on a Proof 2017 silver €10 coin from Greece. The Bank of Greece celebrates the artist, who lived circa 630 to 570 B.C., on the latest coin in its series showcasing Greek culture.
The Royal Mint of Belgium in Brussels is ending operations as of Jan. 1, 2018. The contract for producing Belgian euro coins will be assigned elsewhere through a bidding process, and the machinery of the mint will be sold.
The RCM in August released three commemorative coins for the Lunar Year of the Dog — a half-ounce silver $10 coin, a scalloped shaped silver $15 coin and a gold $150 coin containing an auspicious amount of pure gold.
Oliver Cromwell emerged from the English Civil War victorious to govern the Commonwealth as Lord Protectorate. It would be several years before he was featured on new coins of the Commonwealth, but when the so-called Cromwell crown was made, it became an instant classic.
The Southern right whale is the latest subject of the Pobjoy Mint’s series of coins depicting wildlife. The new copper-nickel and silver £2 coins are issued in the name of the British Antarctic Territory, since the whales inhabit the oceans surrounding the island.