World Coins

As Relations with Cuba Thaw, Market for Cuban Coins Likely to Heat Up

As Relations with Cuba Thaw, Market for Cuban Coins Likely to Heat Up

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com… Ask most Americans born following the Cuban Missile Crisis about Cuba, and you’ll probably hear about cigars or Guantanamo Bay. Maybe baseball. But America’s strained relationship and historical connection to the Caribbean island goes far beyond mid-century cold war tensions, delicious ham and pork sandwiches, connoisseur cigars, […]

Creusy Numismatique’s to Auction 244 Gold and Silver World Coins in January

Creusy Numismatique’s to Auction 244 Gold and Silver World Coins in January

By CoinWeek News Staff…. On January 6, 2015, from 8 to 10 am Eastern Standard Time, LiveAuctioneers.com will be hosting an auction of gold and silver world coins by Creusy Numismatique Genève. As the name suggests, Creusy Numismatique is a numismatic auction house based in Geneva, Switzerland. A complete catalog of the upcoming Auction 13 […]

By December 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Royal Mint Unveils 2015 Sovereign UK Gold Coin

The Royal Mint Unveils 2015 Sovereign UK Gold Coin

CoinWeek Staff Reports… The Royal Mint has unveiled the 2015 Sovereign UK Gold Bullion Coin. The popular 22 carat gold coin features Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and the original portrait of The Sovereign by engraver Benedetto Pistrucci on the reverse. Legal tender in the United Kingdom, the Sovereign UK […]

By December 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Künker Berlin Sale: One Highlight after the Next

The Künker Berlin Sale: One Highlight after the Next

1,078 lots with a total estimate of 6.5 million, these plain numbers catch best the amazement one is smitten with when flipping through the latest catalog of Fritz Rudolf Künker. Within the upcoming Berlin sale, to be held on January 29, 2015, one highlight comes after the next. It starts with 258 spectacular showpieces from […]

By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Seizure of Counterfeit Chinese Euro Coins a First, Says Italian Police

Seizure of Counterfeit Chinese Euro Coins a First, Says Italian Police

By CoinWeek News Staff…. Sicilian investigators and Italian police seized 306,000 coins worth €556,000 (almost US$693,000) of counterfeit  1- and 2-euro coins from a shipping container in the southern port city of Naples on Friday, December 12. According to Palermo prosecutor Calogero Ferrara, the seizure of the counterfeit coins is the largest in the 12-year […]

By December 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting the Coins of Austria: 10 Euro Cent

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 10 Euro Cent

10 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The 10 euro cent coin is the first of three “nordic gold” coins in the euro series. The coin is slightly smaller than the 5 euro cent but weighs 0.18 grams more. It’s made of brass and tends to hold its brilliance a tad longer than the copper-plated steel 1, 2, and […]

By December 12, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Lord Mayor of London Strikes Royal Mint Sovereign on First Official Visit to India

Lord Mayor of London Strikes Royal Mint Sovereign on First Official Visit to India

The Lord Mayor of the City of London has struck a special commemorative gold Sovereign during a visit to The Royal Mint’s operations in India as a lasting reminder of his first official overseas trip. The Lord Mayor, the elected head of the City of London Corporation which supports the world-leading finance and business sector in […]

By December 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2014 Libertad Coin Mintages Revealed; Ghana Lunar Skulls Take-Off

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Libertad Coin Mintages Revealed; Ghana Lunar Skulls Take-Off

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… Libertad gold and silver coins from the oldest mint in North America, the Casa de Moneda in Mexico, have always appealed to buyers for a range of reasons.  This includes their gorgeous obverse design depicting the bare-breasted winged Victoria statue that many consider the finest to appear on an ongoing […]

By December 11, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Singapore Mint Debuts Wave-Shaped 4 Coin Silver Proof Set

Singapore Mint Debuts Wave-Shaped 4 Coin Silver Proof Set

By CoinWeek News Staff…. Earlier today, the Singapore Mint debuted a new four coin silver proof set featuring regional marine life. Each coin is vaguely scallop-shaped and features artwork that, when connected to the other coins in the set, forms a serpentine or wave-shaped undersea panorama. The 2014 Marine Life Commemorative Coin set is the […]

By December 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Maria Teresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part II

The Maria Teresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part II

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek… *** Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out David Alexander’s  first installment of this excellent two-part history of Austria’s Maria Teresa Taler by clicking here.   At the end of her eventful life, Maria Theresa received greater love from her peoples than she did in the stressful opening years of her rule. […]

Zimbabwe Reveals New National Coinage

Zimbabwe Reveals New National Coinage

By CoinWeek Staff… On Friday, December 5, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) held a press conference to introduce a new set of coins due to begin circulating on December 18. The new coins are meant to help relieve the chronic shortage of low-denomination coinage that has plagued the country since Zimbabwe dropped its own […]

By December 8, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Central Bank of Ireland Urges Citizens to Spend “Copper” Coins

Central Bank of Ireland Urges Citizens to Spend “Copper” Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff The Central Bank of Ireland issued a press release today urging Irish citizens to use their 1c and 2c euro coins. According to the Central Bank, people do not use the small denomination copper-plated steel coins and end up saving or hoarding them instead. And since 1c and 2c coins are […]

By December 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
World Coin Profile – Philippines Manila Overstrike 8 Reales of 1830

World Coin Profile – Philippines Manila Overstrike 8 Reales of 1830

By Greg Cohen,  Based on lot description by Kyle Ponterio, Numismatist World Coins Stack’s Bowers ……. All collectors of Philippines coins will be watching during the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York International Numismatic Convention Sale as we present the Ray Czahor Collection of items related to this historic and sometimes overlooked area. The Philippines have […]

By December 8, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Celestial: The Austrian Mint’s 2015 Niobium Coin Takes a Look at the Stars

Celestial: The Austrian Mint’s 2015 Niobium Coin Takes a Look at the Stars

This year’s highly anticipated bimetallic niobium and silver from the Austrian Mint features “Cosmology” and will be issued today. It fittingly illuminates the new year with two colours: blue and gold. Cosmology connects all the parts of the universe as a whole, and follows the evolution of it from beginning to end. The blue and […]

By December 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting the Coins of Austria: 5 Euro Cent

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 5 Euro Cent

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 5 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The largest of the copper-plated steel small denomination euro coins, the 5 euro cent is the rough equivalent of the United States’ 5-cent coin in size and value, but at 3.92 grams, is a little more than 20% lighter than an American “nickel”. Curiously, the 5 euro cent lacks […]

Perth Mint Unveils Two-Coin 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Coin Set

Perth Mint Unveils Two-Coin 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Coin Set

Celebrating the Year of the Goat and the ideal of good fortune, this stunning 1oz silver proof two-coin set is released to encourage wealth and wisdom. Each coin is a prestigious and exceptionally limited offering from The Perth Mint. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar goat include 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, […]

By December 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Royal Mint releases the 2015 Britannia One Ounce Silver Coin

The Royal Mint releases the 2015 Britannia One Ounce Silver Coin

An iconic figure and a modern coin tradition – the annual release of The Royal Mint’s Silver BU Britannia for 2015… The Royal Mint has announced the release of the Brilliant Uncirculated Britannia Silver One Ounce coin for 2015 featuring the acclaimed Britannia portrait by sculptor Philip Nathan. Britannia was first featured on Britain’s coinage […]

World Gold Coins: Unique South African 1897 Sixpence to be Offered in NY by Heritage

World Gold Coins: Unique South African 1897 Sixpence to be Offered in NY by Heritage

The upcoming January 4 – 5 NYINC World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction in New York City features a monumental offering from South Africa. The legendary 1897 gold sixpence is entirely unique, and it has remained off the market for many decades. Tracing its provenance back to the 1930s, this piece once existed in […]

Royal Canadian Mint: Demand for Bullion Coins Declined in Third Quarter

Royal Canadian Mint: Demand for Bullion Coins Declined in Third Quarter

CoinWeek Staff Reports… On Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Mint released its earnings statement for the third quarter of 2014. The Ottawa-based Mint reported persistent demand for numismatic and collector coins, but noted a 20 percent decline in sales of Silver Maple Leaf coins when compared to the third quarter of 2013. That year, the Royal […]

By November 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Rockaway Collection of German Crowns and Talers will Draw Attention at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the NYINC

The Rockaway Collection of German Crowns and Talers will Draw Attention at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the NYINC

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to announce the sale of The Rockway Collection, Part II as part of its New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) auction, held January 9-10 and 12, 2015. The collection consists of nearly 300 coins, primarily crowns and talers from Germany. A wide range of principalities, cities, states, duchies and bishoprics […]

By November 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Lucky: Palau Silver Coin Features Real Four Leaf Clover

Lucky: Palau Silver Coin Features Real Four Leaf Clover

An Ounce of Luck… Few lucky symbols are as common as the four-leaf clover. Coin Invest Trust annually issues a highly popular collector coin with a real, embedded cloverleaf. The 2015 issue is now available. What do we wish for the people that are closest to our hearts? Health. Happinness. And luck. For centuries, the […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Offbeat Numismatics: The Leper Colony Coins of Colombia

Offbeat Numismatics: The Leper Colony Coins of Colombia

by Crystal Gomez, content writer at Gainesville Coins   Between 1900 and 1930, Colombia made special coins for leprosy colonies. In this epoch, leprosy cases had reached an all time high. While statistics may have been exaggerated about the actual number of people with leprosy, the country was still left with the problem of keeping […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Three Wise Monkeys: Gold and Silver Coins of Tanzania

The Three Wise Monkeys: Gold and Silver Coins of Tanzania

Everybody knows the symbol representing an Asian proverb: the three wise monkeys, covering their eyes, ears and mouth respectively. A coin from Tanzania, incorporating all the technical refinement of modern minting technology, invites collectors to ponder on the wisdom contained in this pictorial maxim. In Japan, the three wise monkeys represent a popular proverb: mizaru, […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Rosenblum Auctions Presents the Philadelphia Collection of Israeli & Palestine Coins & Currency

Rosenblum Auctions Presents the Philadelphia Collection of Israeli & Palestine Coins & Currency

William M. Rosenblum LLC of Littleton, Colorado will be offering “The Philadelphia Collection” in two or three different auctions with the first auction scheduled for December 4, 2014. The collection consists of major rarities of Israeli, Palestine, Egyptian, WWII material and other documents collected by a Philadelphia businessman and collector for more than 40 years. […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Austrian Mint Nabs 3 of 10 Coin of the Year Categories

Austrian Mint Nabs 3 of 10 Coin of the Year Categories

CoinWeek Staff Reports…. The Austrian Mint scored three category victories in Krause Publications’ 2015 Coin of the Year Awards. Since 1984, Krause has recognized excellence in coin design with its annual awards. This year’s competition was especially tough, with many high-quality collectible coins in contention. Austria’s three category winners are as follows: Best Gold Coin […]

By November 20, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2 Euro Cent

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2 Euro Cent

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 2 Euro Cent (2002-Present) Slightly larger in size and double in “value” than the diminutive 1 cent coin, the 2 euro cent sees slightly more demand based on a quick survey of mintages. The 2 euro cent has little purchasing power but is favored by Germany and a handful of other Eurozone […]

Krause Coin of the Year Award: Royal Canadian Mint Portrayal of Father and Child Fishing Nets “Most Inspirational Coin”

Krause Coin of the Year Award: Royal Canadian Mint Portrayal of Father and Child Fishing Nets “Most Inspirational Coin”

Ottawa, Ontario, November 18, 2014 — The Royal Canadian Mint is honoured that its 2013-dated $3 Fine Silver Coin – Fishing won the Most Inspirational category of the 2015 Krause Publications Coin of the Year awards. This award places the Mint in the running for the overall Coin of the Year prize which will be […]

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 1 Euro Cent

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 1 Euro Cent

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia:   1 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The smallest of the circulating euro coins, the diminutive 1 euro cent has virtually no purchasing power but, much like the cent in the United States, it circulates widely as a change-making coin. The 1 euro cent replaced the 10 groschen as Austria’s lowest value circulating coin […]

Austria leads in first round of Coin of the Year voting

Austria leads in first round of Coin of the Year voting

Three Austrian coins came out on top during the first round of World Coin News’ Coin of the Year Award voting by an international panel of judges that concluded. A 100-euro gold coin, KM-3225, issued in the Austrian Wildlife series and depicting a Red Deer was tops in the Most Artistic Coin category. Triumphing in […]

Sedwick’s Second Treasure and World Coin Floor Auction: A Growing Success

Sedwick’s Second Treasure and World Coin Floor Auction: A Growing Success

Daniel Frank Sedwick‘s second floor sale (with simultaneous interactive LIVE Internet bidding), was the 16th live auction, a new milestone for the growing company. Serious bidders and top numismatists from around the world came to the November 6 auction in five consecutive sessions at the DoubleTree Hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort. The Floor […]

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