World Coins

A World of Money: The Omodaka Tensho Oban

A World of Money: The Omodaka Tensho Oban

An Oban is a large oval gold plate coin, minted in Japan as part of the Tokugawa coinage system. The Oban was the largest denomination coin, valued at 10 Ryos or 10 Koban plate coins. The Tensho Oban was the first type of Oban minted, foreshadowing the full implementation of Tokugawa coinage in 1601. The […]

Legendary 1910 Chinese Dragon Dollar could bring more than $1 million at Heritage Auctions

Legendary 1910 Chinese Dragon Dollar could bring more than $1 million at Heritage Auctions

Dr. Norman Jacobs’ Chinese Yunnan 1910 Spring Dollar, finest of only two known, up for auction Sept. 8 in Heritage Long Beach, CA World & Ancient Coins event BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The legendary 1910 Chinese Dragon Dollar, called the Yunnan Spring Dollar in reference to the four Chinese characters that translate to “Spring 1910” […]

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Stronger Abroad than in U.S.

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Stronger Abroad than in U.S.

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. numismatic press covers U.S. coins and the U.S. coin market in much greater depth than it devotes to the world coin market and world coins. Coin World’s monthly special edition and Krause Press’ World Coin News provide useful coverage, but in general world coins do not receive the […]

Downies Presents the 2011 Tasmanian Tiger Lenticular Coin

Downies Presents the 2011 Tasmanian Tiger Lenticular Coin

Uniquely beautiful, majestically powerful and once abundant, the Thylacine was an animal like no other. Paying tribute to the last of this species, Downies is proud to announce the newest additions to their unwavering range, the 2011 Tasmanian Tiger Lenticular Coins. Showcasing an eight part moving image of ‘Benjamin’ moving from the back of his […]

By August 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Historic Australian Holey Dollar Fetches Record Price $485000

Historic Australian Holey Dollar Fetches Record Price $485000

Coinworks has just sold an 1813 Holey Dollar, Australia’s first domestic coin, to a new owner for close to half a million dollars. The price of $485,000 is a world record. While the buyer, a high profile Melbourne Graphic designer, appreciated the coin’s exquisite detail and beauty, his eye was firmly focused on its investment […]

A solid gold ‘Euro’ – Russian coin from an old common currency brings $142,000

A solid gold ‘Euro’ – Russian coin from an old common currency brings $142,000

By Paul Fraser Collectibles It was minted by Nicholas II for a mixed currency which included France, Italy and Greece Last week, Kuenker completed their long anticipated sale of rare Russian Coins, Medals, Orders and Decorations. We focussed in on one clear highlight ahead of the sale: This was the 37 1/2 ruble (or 100 […]

The Perth Mint July 2011 New Coin Releases

The Perth Mint July 2011 New Coin Releases

The Perth Mint July is already upon us, and as anticipated, we have an exceptional range of new coin releases to showcase this month. The 90th anniversary of the creation of Ginger Meggs, Australia’s longest running comic strip, is celebrated. Created by Jimmy Bancks, the comic strip was first introduced in the Sydney Sunday Sun […]

Chinese dragon coin should be a roaring $97,000 success at Spink’s auction

Chinese dragon coin should be a roaring $97,000 success at Spink’s auction

Paul Fraser Collectibles Numismatists are in for a treat this coming Wednesday as a fine collection goes on sale A large number of brilliant rare coins are going under the hammer at specialist auction house Spink, in London, starting this Wednesday, June 22 and continuing on Thursday, June 24. Among the lots is an incredibly […]

The Story of English Civil War siege money

The Story of English Civil War siege money

By Paul Fraiser Collectibles When Royalists did battle with Parliamentarians, some numsimatic oddities were produced Many numismatic collectors seek perfection in the rare coins they collect, and are tenacious in hunting down the very best struck coins, with their features and colour untarnished. The 1907 High Relief double eagle awarded to a lucky collector by […]

82 oz. Australian Gold Nugget, in the shape of Australia to be sold

82 oz. Australian Gold Nugget, in the shape of Australia to be sold

Australia has seen numerous gold rushes in its history, mostly in the latter half of the 19th century and just after nationhood in 1901. Notable strikes occurred in the states of Victoria and New South Wales, both in the southeast of the country, and later in the more isolated state of Western Australia. Many stories […]

Enough to leave the King speechless… George VI gold coin set sells for $147,300

Enough to leave the King speechless… George VI gold coin set sells for $147,300

The rare set from the reign of Prince William’s great-grandfather sold at Baldwin’s auction Baldwin’s completed its much anticipated auction of British Coins, World Coins, Military and Commemorative Medals in London last week with over 11,000 coins going under the hammer. As expected the top lot was an exceptionally rare Matt Proof Finish Gold Set […]

Record setting Chinese rarities top $9.6+ million CICF event in Rosemont, IL from Heritage Auctions

Record setting Chinese rarities top $9.6+ million CICF event in Rosemont, IL from Heritage Auctions

Records also set for coins from Hungary, Cuba; Auction totals doubled from 2010 prices realized A 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar” Year 17 KM-Y428, L&M-609, AU58 PCGS brought $74,750 – a record price for the type – as one of the top lots in Heritage Auctions’ $9.6+ million April 14-18 Rosemont, IL Signature® World & Ancient […]

Prices Soar As Chinese Coins Reach Fever Pitch

Prices Soar As Chinese Coins Reach Fever Pitch

Baldwin’s auction department had a lot to celebrate last Thursday night after the outstanding success of the Hong Kong Coin Auction 50 and the very first Hong Kong Watch Auction. Auction lots were selling for up to 30 times estimate as prices soared for the array of outstanding rarities on offer. The dynamic Baldwin/Ma Tak […]

By April 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Video News: How Chinese Counterfeit Coins are Traded

Video News: How Chinese Counterfeit Coins are Traded

As reported last week, The Gold & Silver PAC held a reception on March 31st honoring Congressman Lamar Smith Republican of 21st Congressional District of Texas. Mr Lamar is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Member of the House Science Committee.  Although Congressman Lamar was unable to […]

By April 12, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Video News: Coin Market and Hobby News from Canada

Video News: Coin Market and Hobby News from Canada

About The Canadian Numismatic Association The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association is a non-profit educational organization formed in 1950 and incorporated by Canada Charter in 1963. It has grown by leaps and bounds from an idea of a few dedicated numismatists to become one of the world’s largest numismatic associations. Although our membership is predominantly located […]

By April 12, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Islamic Coin Sells For £3.7 Million In Morton & Eden Sale – Second Most Expensive Coin Ever Sold at Auction

Islamic Coin Sells For £3.7 Million In Morton & Eden Sale – Second Most Expensive Coin Ever Sold at Auction

Second most expensive coin ever sold at auction One of the rarest and most highly-prized of all Islamic gold coins, struck possibly to coincide with an occasion when the Caliph himself led the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, sold for a record £3.7 million ($6.029,400 US)  in a sale at specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in […]

By April 5, 2011 8 Comments Read More →
Sedwick’s Treasure And World Coin Auction #9 Is Now Online !

Sedwick’s Treasure And World Coin Auction #9 Is Now Online !

Scheduled for April 26-28 (Tuesday-Thursday), in six sessions LIVE on the Internet, Daniel Frank Sedwick’s Treasure and World Coin Auction #9 is ready for viewing and bidding online via iCollector. For those who missed the lot viewing at the Whitman Baltimore Coin & Currency Expo they will be showing all the coin lots again at […]

By April 4, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Chinese Rarities Headline CICF World Coin Heritage Auction

Chinese Rarities Headline CICF World Coin Heritage Auction

More than 4,400 rare world and ancient coin lots from all corners of the world ready for auction, April 15-18, at the Chicago International Coin Fair A wide array of international numismatic rarities, including fine examples of Chinese, Polish, Russian, Australian and South American coins, and the highly specialized Dana Roberts Collection of Latin American […]

Coin Profile: St. Patrick Halfpenny

Coin Profile: St. Patrick Halfpenny

The St Patrick halfpenny was a milled coin minted in the 17th century in England, Ireland and Wales. The reverse design shows King David kneeling playing a harp while gazing up at the royal crown of England. One peculiarity of the harp is that it bears a semi-nude winged female figure on the pillar, a […]

By March 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
RARE COINS WORTHY OF A KING’S SPEECH

RARE COINS WORTHY OF A KING’S SPEECH

Following the phenomenal success of the British spectacular The King’s Speech at the Oscars Baldwin’s latest auction consignment couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Offered in its original Royal Mint case, a set of four 1937 Gold, Matt Proof finish coins, commissioned to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI, are sure to […]

By March 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Colombian Pillar Dollar

Colombian Pillar Dollar

Until three years ago, no one even knew that the 1770 Nuevo Reino Pillar Dollar existed. That changed quickly, however, when an amazing stash of 14 coins was found during the bulldozing of a parking lot in Bogota that was being razed for a new building. Buried beneath the dirt and the decades was the […]

By February 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Rarest Of Islamic Coins In London Auction

Rarest Of Islamic Coins In London Auction

Umayyad dinars struck from gold from the Caliph’s own mines Two of the rarest and most highly-prized of all Islamic gold coins are to be offered for auction in London by Morton & Eden on April 4, 2011. The Umayyad dinars, dated 92h and 105h (711 and 723AD) respectively, were made from gold mined at […]

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British Royal Mint Reveals 2011 Commemorative Coin Themes

British Royal Mint Reveals 2011 Commemorative Coin Themes

The Royal Mint has announced six new commemorative coins for 2011 along with details of the first Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated coin sets. The coming year will see the six commemorative coins added to the eight circulating coins that feature Matthew Dent’s shield design. 2011 is a year of several unique and memorable anniversaries and […]

Chinese and South American Coins lead $9.28+ million NYINC World & Ancient Coins Heritage Auction

Chinese and South American Coins lead $9.28+ million NYINC World & Ancient Coins Heritage Auction

22 pound Chinese gold coin takes top honors with $575,000 final price Ancient coins see substantial interest, high prices realized Collectors from all over the world descended on New York City on January 2 and 3 to take part in Heritage Auctions’ Signature® World & Ancient Coins Auction at the Waldorf-Astoria, coinciding with the New […]

Russian Coin Rarities Steal The Show In New York

Russian Coin Rarities Steal The Show In New York

The market for Russian coins and medals proved to be as robust and vibrant as ever at this years Baldwins New York Sale XXV-XXVI. A combination of high quality rarities and enthusiastic buyers ensured high prices were achieved for key pieces with the sale totaling just over US$6,000,000 at US$6,008,774 (including buyer’s premium at 17%), […]

By January 14, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
ROYAL CANADIAN MINT SETS RECORD WITH 25 COLLECTOR COINS SELLING OUT IN 2010

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT SETS RECORD WITH 25 COLLECTOR COINS SELLING OUT IN 2010

The Royal Canadian Mint is posting stellar results for the sale of its numismatic products in 2010 and is delighted to have sold out 25 collector coins over the last 12 months. This record benchmark is a ringing customer endorsement of the Mint’s world class numismatic-products, whose appealing designs and themes, quality and innovations have […]

New year, New Rare Coin Auction Firm

New year, New Rare Coin Auction Firm

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report The year 2010 ended with a bang for the rare coin market, as a merger of Bowers and Merena Auctions and Stack’s was announced, to form a new company, Stack’s-Bowers Numismatics. The merger will create a firm with a substantial presence on both coasts, with Los Angeles-based […]

By January 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
$8.2 Million In Rare World Coins Sell In New York

$8.2 Million In Rare World Coins Sell In New York

Rare gold led the way as Heritage’s recent World & Ancient Coins Auction realized over $8.2 million January 2-3 in New York. Over 93% of the lots in this auction sold, with post-auction buys continuing. All prices include a 15% buyer’s premium. This was the first of Heritage’s January numismatic events in New York and […]

Dr. Norman Jacobs Collection of Korean and Japanese Coins on display at NYINC

Dr. Norman Jacobs Collection of Korean and Japanese Coins on display at NYINC

Heritage Auctions has announced that we will be auctioning The Dr. Norman Jacobs Collection of Korean and Japanese Coins, the most important collection of its kind, from one of the most famous Asian numismatic experts to have lived. This collection will be featured in our September 2011 Long Beach Signature Auction. The groups of coins […]

Ponterio & Associates Kicks-Off 2011 with the January N.Y.I.N.C. Auction

Ponterio & Associates Kicks-Off 2011 with the January N.Y.I.N.C. Auction

The auction will feature 2,558 lots including Part I of the Len Novotny Collection of Mexican Coinage, the Michael Demling Collection of Ancient Coinage, and the David Ian Wright Collection of Italian Banknotes

By December 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
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