Coin Profiles

Mexico 2015 Aztec Calendar $100 1 Kilo Silver Coin

Mexico 2015 Aztec Calendar $100 1 Kilo Silver Coin

Description:   One of the most impressive modern coins ever struck, this Mexican $100 coin recalls more than a thousand years of national history and culture. It’s 1 kilo size is certainly impressive, but even more so is the intricate level of detail exhibited on this limited mintage silver coin’s design. Only 500 examples were […]

By October 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
World Gold Coins – Incredible Albanian Prova 100 Franga Ari

World Gold Coins – Incredible Albanian Prova 100 Franga Ari

ALBANIA. 100 Franga Ari, 1927-R. President Amet Zogu (1926-28) By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers ….. This week’s preview for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official World Coin Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo is a stunning large Albanian gold piece. This Prova (pattern or test) denominated at 100 Franga Ari was […]

Italy 2015 Italy of Arts: Riace Bronzes 10 Euro Silver Coin

Italy 2015 Italy of Arts: Riace Bronzes 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: In 1972, diver Stefano Mariottini made an amazing discovery off of the coast of Riace Marina, in the Italian municipality of Reggio Calabria. Two bronze statues, dating back to the fifth century B.C.E., were resting in the sand, submerged under 200 feet of water. The statues were Greek in origin and their discovery was a […]

By October 14, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Australia 2016 Silver Kangaroo $1 Coin

Australia 2016 Silver Kangaroo $1 Coin

Description: The Royal Australian Mint continues their popular series of Kangaroo coins, with this 2016 issue of the Silver Kangaroo one-ounce coin, featuring Australia’s Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus). The Eastern Grey is native to Australia’s inland plain and eastern coast. This 1 oz. silver coin is struck with a limited mintage of 5,000 pieces. […]

By October 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek ……… A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” specimen of the 1804 […]

By October 11, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Japan 2015 Nagasaki 47 Prefectures 1000 Yen Silver Coin

Japan 2015 Nagasaki 47 Prefectures 1000 Yen Silver Coin

Description: The Japan Mint is honoring the 47 Prefectures of Japan with a colorful 1,000-yen silver coin series. The history and beauty of each prefecture is captured in full color on the coin’s obverse, while each coin’s reverse features a beautifully engraved design emblematic of the 47 prefectures. The Japan Mint allocates up to 10% […]

By October 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Canada 2015 Holiday Toy Box 50 Cents Holographic Coin

Canada 2015 Holiday Toy Box 50 Cents Holographic Coin

Description: No holiday captures the imagination of children more than Christmas. From the coming together of family and friends, to the bright pageantry of Christmas lights, and of course a copious bounty of new toys and games, Christmas evokes so many feelings for the young and the old. To honor the inner child in all of us, […]

By October 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Russia 2015 Russian Geographical Society 50 Ruble Gold Coin

Russia 2015 Russian Geographical Society 50 Ruble Gold Coin

Description: Founded in 1845 by a group of Russian scientists, navigators, and aristocrats, the Russian Geographical Society has contributed greatly to the pursuit of scientific discovery in both Russia and abroad. In this 50-ruble gold coin issued by the Bank of Russia, founding member Fyodor Litke (1797-1882) is honored. Litke’s cartographic work on the Bering […]

By October 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
France 2015 The Little Prince: Stars are Guides 10 Euro Silver Coin

France 2015 The Little Prince: Stars are Guides 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: The Monnaie de Paris celebrates french writer Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s most famous and enduring work, The Little Prince. The book, written while the author was living in Africa in exile at the height of World War II, tells the story of an aviator, who encounters a strange little boy after his airplane crashes in the […]

By October 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Profiles: Byzantine Empire – Manuel I Aspron Trachy

Ancient Coin Profiles: Byzantine Empire – Manuel I Aspron Trachy

Overview: In 1092 CE the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus enacted sweeping coinage reforms. He stopped production of previous denominations and introduced five new ones: the gold hyperpyron (which served as the unit of account for the new money), the electrum aspron trachy, the billon (copper and silver) aspron trachy, the copper tetarteron, and the […]

By October 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles – Hobo Nickels

Coin Profiles – Hobo Nickels

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term “hobo nickel” is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations.   […]

By October 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
France 2015 Rugby World Cup 200 Euro Concave Oblong Proof Gold Coin

France 2015 Rugby World Cup 200 Euro Concave Oblong Proof Gold Coin

Description: To mark the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the Monnaie de Paris, has issued a gold and silver collector coin program. The centerpiece of the offering is an concave and oblong one-ounce gold coin resembling a rugby ball. A similar ellipsoidal coin was produced in silver; it carries a face value of 10 euro. The […]

By September 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Austria 2015 Wildlife in Our Sights: The Capercaillie 100 Euro Proof Gold Coin

Austria 2015 Wildlife in Our Sights: The Capercaillie 100 Euro Proof Gold Coin

Description: From the Austrian Mint: The capercaillie lives in coniferous, mixed and deciduous woodland, where it spends the night roosting in trees. The habitat of the capercaillie is disappearing and this most striking of birds is now extinct in a number of European countries. Their typical habitat is a mature mixed forest with lots of sun. […]

By September 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Latvia 2015 500 Years of Riga Castle 5 Euro Silver Coin

Latvia 2015 500 Years of Riga Castle 5 Euro Silver Coin

Description: For centuries, Riga Castle’s silhouette on the bank of the Daugava River has stood as a symbol of Latvian strength and pride. While the castle predates the accepted date of 1515 by centuries, the current edifice was constructed anew after the Livonian defeat at Bukultu in 1491. The oldest-known images of the castle date […]

By September 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
United States 2015 Mamie Eisenhower $10 Gold Coin

United States 2015 Mamie Eisenhower $10 Gold Coin

Description: On May 7, 2015, the United States Mint issued the 2015 Mamie Eisenhower $10 Gold Coin. The coin is struck in .999 gold and has a maximum authorized mintage of 10,000 across all ordering options. The coin was struck at the West Point Mint and carries the “W” mintmark. It comes in two finishes, Proof and […]

By September 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
San Marino 2015 Abraham Lincoln 10 Euro Silver Coin

San Marino 2015 Abraham Lincoln 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: On May 7, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln, less than a month into the American Civil War, began a letter to the Regent Captains of the Republic of San Marino with the words “Great and Good Friends”. The text of the letter is as follows: I have received and read with great sensibility the letter […]

By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Niue 2015 Agnieszka Radwańska $1 Silver Coin

Niue 2015 Agnieszka Radwańska $1 Silver Coin

Description: Agnieszka Radwańska is an internationally-ranked woman’s tennis star and, with her 6-3, 6-4 victory over German tennis star Angelique Kerber in the 2012 Wimbledon semi-finals, is the second Polish tennis player to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam tournament. That performance vaulted her to the World’s #2 Ranking and at the time of […]

By September 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Cook Islands 2015 Armillary Sphere $25 (x4) Gold Coin

Cook Islands 2015 Armillary Sphere $25 (x4) Gold Coin

Description: This avant-garde 24-carat gold coin concept comes in the shape of an Armillary sphere. Four individual annular $25 1/4 ounce coins combine to form a large one-ounce $100 coin. This coin was produced by Swiss gold manufacturer Valcambi and is legal tender in the Cook Islands.  Each of the rings is individually packaged and comes […]

By September 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Russia 2015 Year of Literature in Russia 3 Ruble Proof Silver Coin

Russia 2015 Year of Literature in Russia 3 Ruble Proof Silver Coin

Description: The Bank of Russia has celebrates the enormous contribution of Russian writers and poets with a colorized silver three-ruble commemorative coin. The coin is part of a year-long celebration, that was authorized by a June 2014 decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Events surrounding the 2015 Year of Literature kicked off in January. The Year of […]

By September 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
France 2015 The Seine Banks: Invalides – Grand Palais 5 Euro Gold Coin

France 2015 The Seine Banks: Invalides – Grand Palais 5 Euro Gold Coin

Description: The L’Hôtel national des Invalides was built under order of King Louis XIV as a place to house disabled French war veterans. Libéral Bruant (1635-1697) was commissioned to design the structure and construction began in 1671 and lasted eight years. For more than 200 years, the Hotel served its intended purpose. Today, the site is […]

By September 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ireland 2015 Irish Science and Inventions II: Ernest Walton 15 Euro Proof Silver Coin

Ireland 2015 Irish Science and Inventions II: Ernest Walton 15 Euro Proof Silver Coin

Description: In 2015, the Central Bank of Ireland issued a 15-euro silver coin honoring the scientific achievements of Irish physicist Ernest Walton (1903-1995). In 1932, Walton and a team of physicists, including John Douglas Cockcroft, developed a procedure for artificially splitting the nuclei of Lithium isotope 7. Their achievement ushered in the atomic age and major […]

By September 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Netherlands 2015 De Van Nelle Fabriek 5-Euro Silver Coin

Netherlands 2015 De Van Nelle Fabriek 5-Euro Silver Coin

Description: “A Poem in Steel and Glass”. So said American architects Howard Robertson and Francis Rowland Yerbury of Johannes Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt’s magnificent Van Nelle Fabriek, a flowing, technologically state-of-the-art structure built in the Dutch style of Nieuwe Bouwen. So ahead of its time it was, that even modern master Le Corbusier had to tip his hat […]

By September 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Austria 2015 Burgenland 10 Euro Silver Coin

Austria 2015 Burgenland 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: Austria’s eastern province of Burgenland, also known as the “sunny side of Austria”, is a region best known for its National Park of Lake Neusiedl, its hot springs, spas, and its wine. Lake Neusidl is sometimes referred to as the “Sea of the Viennese” due to its close proximity to Vienna. Archaeologists have traced evidence of […]

By September 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Niue 2015 Seven New Wonders of the World $7 Spheroid Silver Coin

Niue 2015 Seven New Wonders of the World $7 Spheroid Silver Coin

Description: The Mint of Poland made a splash when it debuted the genre-bending $7 spheroid silver coin struck for the island of Niue. The first-of-its-kind coin broke the “fourth wall” of mainstream coin design, forgoing the concepts of obverse, reverse, and edge and taking the concept of a postmodern commemorative or themed coin to its (il)logical […]

By September 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Athenian New Style Tetradrachm

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Athenian New Style Tetradrachm

Overview: The new style of Athenian “owl”–so-called due to the iconic image of Athena’s owl on the reverse–originated in a Greece newly conquered by the Romans. While retaining a profile of the Greek goddess Athena on the obverse and an owl (one of her symbols) on the reverse, several elaborate additions had been made to […]

By September 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
United States 2015 America the Beautiful Saratoga Quarter

United States 2015 America the Beautiful Saratoga Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456, the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks or other national sites in each state, […]

By September 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Japan 2015 Osaka 47 Prefectures 1000 Yen Silver Coin

Japan 2015 Osaka 47 Prefectures 1000 Yen Silver Coin

Description: The Japan Mint is honoring the 47 Prefectures of Japan with a colorful 1,000-yen silver coin series. The history and beauty of each prefecture is captured in full color on the coin’s obverse, while each coin’s reverse features a beautifully engraved design emblematic of the 47 prefectures. The Japan Mint allocates up to 10% […]

By September 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Canada 2015 A Historic Reign $200 Proof Gold Coin

Canada 2015 A Historic Reign $200 Proof Gold Coin

Description: To commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s historic reign, the Royal Canadian Mint minted a $200 gold coin struck on 1 ounce of .9999 gold. The coin recognizes the impact of the reigns of Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria (the two reigns of the two regents spanned 96 of Canada’s 148 years). The Historic Reign gold […]

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Niue 2015 Pro Memoria $1500 Proof Silver Coin

Niue 2015 Pro Memoria $1500 Proof Silver Coin

Description:   In 2015, the Mint of Poland issued both a one-ounce and an impressive 10-kilogram silver coin to honor the 10th anniversary of the death of the Polish-born Pope John Paul II. Both coins were struck in .9999 silver and issued in the name of the Island of Niue. This, the 10-kilogram version, has […]

By September 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Italy 2015 Centenary of the First World War 10 Euro Silver Coin

Italy 2015 Centenary of the First World War 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: To mark the centenary of the First World War, the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Mint of Italy) offered collectors a silver 10-euro commemorative coin featuring the designs of Italian engravers Luciana De Simoni and U. Pernazza. Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary on May 23, 1915. It fought on the side of Britain, France, […]

By September 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
 
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