Coin Profiles

United States 2001 New York 50 State Quarter

United States 2001 New York 50 State Quarter

Description: The 2001 New York state quarter is a circulating commemorative coin that, by an awful twist of fate, became one of the most widely publicized, most popular issues in the 50 States Quarters series. The New York quarter was released on January 2, 2001 and became the first 50 States Quarters issue for that […]

By August 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Germany 2016 Otto Dix 20 Euro Silver Coin

Germany 2016 Otto Dix 20 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The 2016 German 20 Euro silver commemorative coin honoring the 125th birthday of Wilhelm Heinrich Otto Dix celebrates an artist who had an illustrious career spanning the first seven decades of the 20th century. Dix was known for his striking, often controversial, art and illustrations laden with graphic war symbolism and gritty scenes criticizing […]

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Two Cool Proof Civil War Gold Dollars

Two Cool Proof Civil War Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter for RareGoldCoins.com ……   Douglas Winter Numismatics sold two very rare and very beautiful Proof gold dollars several years ago from the Civil War era. These were an 1862 graded Proof-64 Deep Cameo by PCGS, and an 1864 graded Proof-66 Deep Cameo by PCGS. Both coins had also been approved by CAC. I’d […]

By August 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Austrian Commemorative Coin Profile – The Lindworm of Klagenfurt

Austrian Commemorative Coin Profile – The Lindworm of Klagenfurt

The Austrian Mint  fifth silver coin in the series “Tales and Legends in Austria”, recounts the legend of the Lindworm of Klagenfurt, which used to hinder trade in the Klagenfurt area of Carinthia in southern Austria. The obverse of the coin depicts the Lindworm fountain and the statue of Hercules in the central square of […]

By August 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profile: 2000-W Library of Congress Bicentennial Bimetallic Coins

Coin Profile: 2000-W Library of Congress Bicentennial Bimetallic Coins

The First and Only Bimetalic Commemorative Coin Minted by the US The Library of Congress, founded on April 24, 1800, is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. Also the world’s largest library, it houses 119 million items– 18 million books; two million recordings; 12 million photographs; four million maps and 53 million manuscripts. The library’s […]

By August 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: A Jewish War Shekel of Year 5

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: A Jewish War Shekel of Year 5

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ……   One of the most important coins in this year’s Platinum Night offering is also one of the most humble-looking pieces: The famous Hunt-Shoshana Year 5 Shekel of the Jewish War against Rome (66-70 CE). This silver piece, about the diameter of a modern quarter but much […]

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Elis, Olympia, 87th-90th Olympiad, 432-420 BC. AR Stater [1] By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   One of the few ancient traditions to survive until the modern world is the Olympics. Occurring in the same four-year cycle today as in antiquity, they mark a time when differences are […]

U.S. Mint: September Sale Date for Standing Liberty Gold Coins

U.S. Mint: September Sale Date for Standing Liberty Gold Coins

News and Updates from the United States Mint By CoinWeek News Staff ….   According to Michael White at the United States Mint, the Standing Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold Coin (product code 16XC) will be available for order starting at noon Eastern Time on September 8. At the time of writing, the Mint’s online product […]

By August 2, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Germany 2016 175 Years of Song of Germany 20 Euro Silver Coin

Germany 2016 175 Years of Song of Germany 20 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The 175th anniversary of Germany’s national anthem is honored on a 20-euro silver coin released by the German Mint in 2016. The lyrics to the German national anthem (“Deutschlandlied“) were written by August Heinrich Hoffman in 1841 while vacationing in Heligoland, a German island in the North Sea that at the time belonged to […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Carthaginian Gold & Silver 1 1/2 Shekel

Ancient Coin Profiles: Carthaginian Gold & Silver 1 1/2 Shekel

Overview: Carthage At its peak, the ancient North African city of Carthage rivaled the Eternal City of Rome for military and economic control of the western Mediterranean Sea. Today, its ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the suburbs of the Tunisian capital. Most people, if they’ve heard of Carthage at all, are familiar […]

Germany 2016 Ernst Litfass 200th Birthday 20 Euro Silver Coin

Germany 2016 Ernst Litfass 200th Birthday 20 Euro Silver Coin

Description: German printer and publisher Ernst Litfass (Ernst Litfaß) is the subject of a 2016 20-euro silver coin honoring the bicentennial of his birth. Litfass was born in Berlin on February 11, 1816 and took over his stepfather’s newspaper business in 1845. In 1858, Litfass published the 242-volume Economic Encyclopedia (Oekonomische Encyklopädie), a well-known German […]

Germany 2016 Little Red Riding Hood 20 Euro Silver Coin

Germany 2016 Little Red Riding Hood 20 Euro Silver Coin

Description: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD is one of the most popular children’s fairy tales, and now it is the subject of a 20-euro 2016 commemorative coin from Germany. The 20-euro Little Red Riding Hood German silver coin honors the centuries-old tale, which tells the story of a red-caped young girl who encounters a hungry wolf […]

Mexico 1921 Aztec Sunstone 20 Peso Gold Coin

Mexico 1921 Aztec Sunstone 20 Peso Gold Coin

Description: At the turn of the 20th century, Mexico adopted the gold standard and issued new coin denominations. Five-peso and 10-peso gold coins were introduced in 1905. The 2.5-peso gold coin’s run began in 1918, and the two-peso gold coin followed in 1919. The 20-peso gold coin featuring the Aztec Sun Stone was first struck […]

Germany 2016 Nelly Sachs 125 Years 20 Euro Silver Coin

Germany 2016 Nelly Sachs 125 Years 20 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The German 2016 Nelly Sachs 20 Euro Silver Commemorative Coin honors the 125th anniversary of the legendary Jewish poet’s birth. Born in Berlin on December 10, 1891, Sachs grew up in a wealthy family and enjoyed dancing, studied music, and wrote poetry during her childhood years. While she was gifted in the arts, her […]

United States 2016 Ronald W. Reagan Presidential $1 Coin

United States 2016 Ronald W. Reagan Presidential $1 Coin

Description: The Presidential Dollar Coin Act (Public Law 109-145) was passed into law on December 22, 2005. The Act compelled the Secretary of the Treasury to “mint coins in commemoration of each of the Nation’s past presidents and their spouses, respectively, to improve circulation of the $1 coin, [and] to create a new bullion coin”. […]

Netherlands 2016 Dutch World Heritage: Wadden Sea 5 Euro Coin

Netherlands 2016 Dutch World Heritage: Wadden Sea 5 Euro Coin

Description: The 2016 Wadden Sea 5 Euro coins from the Royal Dutch Mint honor one of the world’s largest intertidal habitats, located in the northern region of the Netherlands. The 2016-dated silver-plated five-euro coins are made from a base metal copper alloy, and the silver Proof version is made from 0.925-fine silver. Colored coin varieties […]

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: The Wandering Emperor’s Wife

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: The Wandering Emperor’s Wife

By Heritage Auctions …..   The Roman empress Vibia Sabina (83 CE – 136/137) was both the wife and second cousin, once removed, of Roman emperor Publius Aelius Hadrianus (Hadrian). The path that took her to that exalted perch, and put her face on our gold coin, was long and winding. Sabina’s mother was Salonina Matidia, […]

Netherlands 2016 Dutch World Heritage: Wadden Sea 10 Euro Gold Coin

Netherlands 2016 Dutch World Heritage: Wadden Sea 10 Euro Gold Coin

Description: The Wadden Sea 10 Euro gold coin, issued by the Royal Dutch Mint, commemorates one of the largest intertidal habitats in the world. Located in northern Europe and bordering the nations of the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark, the Wadden Sea is a unique 4,400-square-mile conservation area that is home to a chain of islands […]

Belgium 2016 Rio Olympic Games 10 Euro Silver Coin

Belgium 2016 Rio Olympic Games 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The 2016 Belgium 10 Euro “Belgium at the Rio Olympics” coin is a silver-hued celebration of that European nation’s strong presence at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Belgium is slated to field 98 competitors in 17 different sports, including archery, sailing, and swimming. Belgians have participated in virtually every Olympic […]

Portugal 2016 Rio Olympic Games 2 Euro Coin

Portugal 2016 Rio Olympic Games 2 Euro Coin

Description: The 2016 Portugal 2 Euro bimetallic Olympic Coin honoring the XXXI Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a legal-tender, circulating commemorative issue. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games hold special significance for the Portuguese not only because the nation is sending a slated 88 competitors to participate in 15 different sports but […]

France 2016 Great French Ships: Charles de Gaulle 50 Euro Silver Coin

France 2016 Great French Ships: Charles de Gaulle 50 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The Monnaie de Paris honors the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in 2016 with the issuance of a three-coin commemorative set struck as part of the Great French Ships coin series. The 858-foot-long carrier is named for the iconic (and controversial) French general and politician. During World War II, de Gaulle was an important […]

France 2016 Great French Ships: Charles de Gaulle 50 Euro Gold Coin

France 2016 Great French Ships: Charles de Gaulle 50 Euro Gold Coin

Description: The Monnaie de Paris honors the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in 2016 with the issuance of a three-coin commemorative set struck as part of the Great French Ships coin series. The 858-foot-long carrier is named for the iconic (and controversial) French general and politician. During World War II, de Gaulle was an important […]

Austria 2012 Piece by Piece: Styria 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Austria 2012 Piece by Piece: Styria 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Description: The Austria by Its Children: Piece by Piece 10 Euro commemorative coin series kicked off in early 2012 with the release of the first issue in a 10-coin program. Silver and copper 10-euro coins honoring the Austrian province of Styria were released on April 25, 2012, launching a program that stretched into 2016 and […]

Ancient Roman Gold Coins – Faustina, Wife of Marcus Aurelius

Ancient Roman Gold Coins – Faustina, Wife of Marcus Aurelius

Ancinet Roman Gold Coin – Aureus of Faustina Junior, wife of Marcus Aurelius By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Annia Galeria Faustina was a daughter of Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. She was named after her mother and was her parents’ fourth and youngest child and their second daughter. She was also their […]

Austria 2012 Piece by Piece: Carinthia 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Austria 2012 Piece by Piece: Carinthia 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Description: Kärnten, known as Carinthia when the name is translated to English, is the southernmost of the nine Austrian states honored among the Austria by Its Children: Piece by Piece series. The second region to be honored in the 10-coin Piece by Piece commemorative coin series, Carinthia thrives on industry, manufacturing, and tourism. Three of […]

Austria 2013 Piece by Piece: Lower Austria 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Austria 2013 Piece by Piece: Lower Austria 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Description: Located in the northeastern part of the country, Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) is Austria’s largest province and a nexus of agriculture and industry. The Danube River flows from west to east through the state, providing almost infinite panoramas for photographers and nature lovers. And even though it is located in the north of the country […]

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Elephants for Egypt – Ptolemy I Gold Stater

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Elephants for Egypt – Ptolemy I Gold Stater

By Heritage Auctions ….. Ptolemy I Soter, founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt, started out life as the son of the Macedonian nobleman Lagus; a later tale that he was an illegitimate son of Philip II (and thus Alexander’s half-brother) was probably fabricated. He was a friend and intimate of Alexander III the Great […]

Austria 2013 Piece by Piece: Vorarlberg 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Austria 2013 Piece by Piece: Vorarlberg 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Description: Vorarlberg is Austria’s westernmost state and the second smallest in terms of physical size and overall population. The picturesque region has many mountain ranges, and several rivers run through Vorarlberg–including the famous Rhine. Human settlement in the area dates back to at least 1500 BC, with the Celtics dominating the region until the Romans […]

Austria 2014 Piece by Piece: Salzburg 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Austria 2014 Piece by Piece: Salzburg 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Description: Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the state of the same name. For this reason, the state of Salzburg is often colloquially referred to as Salzburgland to help distinguish it in text and conversation from the city of Salzburg. The state now known as Salzburg had inhabitants as early […]

Austria 2014 Piece by Piece: Tyrol 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Austria 2014 Piece by Piece: Tyrol 10 Euro Commemorative Coin

Description: Tyrol, honored on this Austrian 2014 10-euro coin, is a state in western Austria known for alpine sports and internationally-recognized resorts. Tyrol’s capital is Innsbruck, a major city on the Inn River (the name “Innsbruck” translates to “Inn bridge,”) located halfway between Munich, Germany, and Verona, Italy that hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter […]

 
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