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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Coin Analyst: A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series

Coin Analyst: A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… The Austrian Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints with historical roots that date back to 1194.  The modern Austrian Mint dates to 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed.  It is best known for its Philharmonic silver and gold coins, which are among the world’s most widely traded bullion coins. […]

By November 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
NGC-Certified Mexican 1538 8 Reales Silver Coin Sells for Record $587,500

NGC-Certified Mexican 1538 8 Reales Silver Coin Sells for Record $587,500

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that an NGC XF 45 Mexico (1538)R 8 Reales of Spanish co-regents Charles and Joanna was recently sold for a record price of $587,500. Struck in Mexico City in 1538, it is one of only three known survivors of the first mintage of the 8 reales denomination in the […]

The Royal Mint Receives Four Nominations for Coin of the Year Awards

The Royal Mint Receives Four Nominations for Coin of the Year Awards

The Royal Mint has received four nominations for the prestigious Krause Publications Coin of the Year Awards in recognition of the iconic commemorative coins which it struck to mark some of The United Kingdom’s most important historical events in 2013. A special £5 coin to celebrate the Royal Christening of His Royal Highness Prince George […]

By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Maria Theresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part I

The Maria Theresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part I

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek… The broad silver coin known everywhere today as the Maria Theresa taler is familiar to many numismatists in the United States and the world over. However, fewer collectors have ever paused to give the coin the really close examination it deserves, or delved into its colorful two-century history and […]

Downies Conducts Final Australian Coin Auction in the Block Arcade

Downies Conducts Final Australian Coin Auction in the Block Arcade

Final hammer set to fall on Block Arcade auction venue… Almost 500 bidders are expected to attend the final Downies Australian Coin auction in the Block Arcade ahead of relocation to a more user-friendly venue in April 2015. The curtain will fall on a Melbourne institution when the final hammer comes down on Wednesday October […]

By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Money & Politics: Four Million 5 Rappen Coins Purchased for Exhibition about Money

Money & Politics: Four Million 5 Rappen Coins Purchased for Exhibition about Money

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… Money & Politics In what could best be described as a costly political stunt, activists from Generation Basic Income, a group lobbying in favor of universal basic income in Switzerland, dumped eight million five-rappen (five-cent) coins in historic Parliament Square in Bern last December. The goal of their campaign was […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Royal Canadian Mint Receives Six Nominations in Krause’s 2015 Coin of the Year Contest

Royal Canadian Mint Receives Six Nominations in Krause’s 2015 Coin of the Year Contest

The Royal Canadian Mint has made another strong showing with 2013-dated coins nominated in six categories of Krause Publications’ annual Coin of the Year awards. The awards are to be presented in January at the 2015 World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. “The Royal Canadian Mint prides itself on producing coins which consistently stand out […]

The Royal Mint Expands Online Products to Include Fractional Gold Britannia Bullion Coins

The Royal Mint Expands Online Products to Include Fractional Gold Britannia Bullion Coins

Building on the successful launch in September of its new bullion trading website www.royalmintbullion.com, The Royal Mint is to expand its offering to include fractional gold bullion coins for the first time as part of its core range. The new additions – the Britannia Half-Ounce, the Britannia Quarter-Ounce and the Britannia Tenth-Ounce gold bullion coins […]

USMNA Convention Offers Larger Bourse & Counterfeit Seminars. VIDEO: 2:52

USMNA Convention Offers Larger Bourse & Counterfeit Seminars. VIDEO: 2:52

Cory Frampton, Executive Director, US Mexican Numismatic Association Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…….. The third annual USMNA Convention continues to grow in attendance and popularity with collectors of Mexican and Latin American coinage. Two different seminars were given by industry leaders describing counterfeiting problems back when the coins were originally struck as well as the current […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Hungary Issues its First Coin with an Antique Bronze Finish

Hungary Issues its First Coin with an Antique Bronze Finish

A just-issued 2,000 forint legal tender coin is the first Hungarian coin ever issued with an antique bronze patinated finish. The coin, dedicated to the Somogyvár-Kupavár National Memorial is 37 mm (1½ inches) and 18.4 grams with a reeded edge. It is limited to an issue of 5,000 and sells for $22.95. Somogyvár-Kupavár is a […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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