The 2018 edition of the popular British coin enthusiast’s catalog “Coins of England and the United Kingdom” is now available in the United States as a two-volume set.
One type of contemporary fakes, made alongside the ancient coinage they imitated, are known as fourrées. An example of the ancient imposter, a silver fourrée denarius of Claudius, issued circa A.D. 49 or 50, is offered as part of Davisson’s Ltd. Auction 37, closing Feb. 21.
Monnaies Françaises has been the bible on the coins of modern France since it was first published in 1973. It is now authored by Francesco Pastrone and published by Editions Victor Gadoury of Monaco. In French, it is called “Le Rouge” (The Red), for its red cover.
Estonia’s approximately 1.3 million residents may soon stop using the 1- and 2-cent euro coins. Eesti Pank, the national bank of Estonia, on Jan. 17 posted at its website an announcement indicating, “It is time to talk about reducing the use of one and two-cent coins.”
The nation of Estonia will soon issue a circulating commemorative €2 coin marking the centennial of the nation’s independence. The national day of independence, Feb. 24, is marked annually to celebrate the declaration of Estonian independence.
Italy in January is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the its current constitution with a circulating commemorative €2 coin. The coin’s obverse shows the moment when Enrico De Nicola, provisional head of state, signed the act of promulgation of the Constitution of the Italian Republic on Dec. 27, 1947.
The 2018 Iconic Canada Inukshuk silver $20 coin depicts the famous Arctic emblem, the inukshuk, a rock pile arranged in human form, whose open arms make it a representation of Canada’s northern spirit, according to the Royal Canadian Mint.
An example of a slightly later issue of a Communist silver dollar, struck circa 1934, was offered in Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 7 and 8 auction in Hong Kong. It realized $19,200, including the 18 percent buyer’s fee, just slightly below the low range of its $20,000 to $30,000 estimate. It is graded Mint State 62 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
Two new coins from the Pobjoy Mint offer tropical flair to coin collectors. The 2018 £2 coins from British Indian Ocean Territory highlight the coconut crab and the manta ray.
An artifact of the Great Siege of Gibraltar is a silver medal issued in 1783 to celebrate the victorious defense of Gibraltar. The medal is one of many items offered in Fritz Rudolph Künker’s Feb. 1 marathon of auctions before the World Money Fair in Berlin.