Ancient Roman Coins Unearthed in Okinawa, Japan

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According to the Japan Times, four ancient Roman coins and a coin from the Ottoman Empire have been unearthed at UNESCO World Heritage Site Katsuren Castle. The Roman coins appear to be from about 300 A.D.; the castle was in existence around 1100 to 1400 A.D. The Roman copper coins, measuring about 1.6 to 2 centimeters in diameter, appear under x-ray to have a profile of Constantine I on the … [Read More...]

Alderney £5 Remembrance Day Coins

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The Royal Mint is taking orders for its annual Remembrance Day commemorative coins. Remembrance Day is observed every November 11 by members of the Commonwealth of Nations. In the United Kingdom, local ceremonies are held throughout the country; the Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph during the large ceremony in London. (Scroll to the bottom for images.) The annual holiday marks the formal … [Read More...]

U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association 2016 Convention and Educational Forum

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The U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association's fifth annual convention will take place October 6–8, 2016, at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona. Speakers will include Kent Ponterio, Dan Sedwick, Mike Dunigan, Carlos Jara, Phil Flemming, and others. Dealers will include: American Numismatic Society, New York, New York Huston Pearson, Ennis, Texas Lois … [Read More...]

Tokelau: Second Coin in “Legends of Asgard” Released

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The second coin in the Legends of Asgard series, struck under the legal authority of the island of Tokelau, has been released. The new coin depicts “Valkyrie, Chooser of the Slain.” In Norse mythology, Valkyries determine both who will die on the battlefield and which of the fallen will ascend to Valhalla. Legends of Asgard is a remarkable coin series, thanks to its artistry and its use of “Max … [Read More...]

Malta Issues Tribute to Historic “Patakka”

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A brand-new numismatic coin, issued by the Central Bank of Malta, pays homage to a very old symbol: the Maltese Cross. The origins of the eight-pointed emblem reach back to the 6th century, when it appeared as an ornamental feature in Byzantine art and architecture. It was adopted in the late 15th century as a symbol of the Order of the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (the … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Releases 2016 Dirk Hartog Australian Landing Stamp and Coin Cover

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The Perth Mint has released the 2016 Dirk Hartog Australian Landing 1616-2016 Stamp and Coin Cover, which is available for $16.32 AUD ($12.22 USD). The featured $1 coin is an aluminum bronze version of the silver Proof high relief piece released in June and commemorates the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s arrival in Australia aboard the Eendracht; this was the first documented European landing … [Read More...]

Austrian Mint Launches 3-Year “Colorful Creatures Series” with Fledermaus Coin

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The Austrian Mint has launched a new twelve-coin series entitled "Colorful Creatures," which will kick off with the October 5 release of a coin featuring a fledermaus (German for "bat"). After this year, four coins will be issued annually for both 2017 and 2018, with three final pieces set to bring this series to its conclusion in 2019. The coin was designed by Helmut Andexlinger and … [Read More...]

Austria’s Final Child-Designed “Piece By Piece” Coins To Be Released October 5

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The Austrian Mint has announced that the final design in its "Austria Piece by Piece" series will be released on October 5. This will be the tenth coin in a collection that highlights the various regions of Austria with reverse designs created by the country's schoolchildren. The final coin is titled "Österreich" and features the entire country of Austria as its theme. The coin will be issued … [Read More...]

Canada Issues 2016 DC Comics Originals: The Trinity Silver Colored Coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint has issued the 2016 DC Comics Originals: The Trinity Silver Colored Coin, which is available for $112.95 CAD and has a mintage limited to 10,000 pieces. Coins in this series feature classic DC comics characters in a retro illustration style reminiscent of comics produced in the 1980s. The reverse design features color images of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, … [Read More...]

A Look at the Perth Mint’s 2017 Gold and Silver Bullion Programs

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The Perth Mint has shared information on its upcoming 2017 bullion program. The following issues are presented in the order they will be released, with the first set of 2017 Rooster bullion coins expected to become available on September 12 of this year. Next year will be the Year of the Rooster on the Chinese Zodiac calendar, which employs a 12-animal cycle that starts over every dozen … [Read More...]