Gadoury releases 2018 edition of French standard reference, Monnaies Françaises

The following is a press release courtesy of the Coin & Currency Institute. Monnaies Françaises has been an informative text on the coins of modern France since it was first published in 1973. It is now authored by Francesco Pastrone and published by Editions Victor Gadoury of Monaco. In French, it is called “Le Rouge” (The Red). The 23rd edition, covering the years 1789-2017 is now … [Read More...]

Canada: Tree of life silver coin introduces a special celebration for 2018

The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new silver coin which is specifically aimed at gift-givers who have coin collectors on their list. The theme of the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2018-dated gift coin is based on the idea of a “tree of life” or “a sacred tree” which is found in many early mythologies with different concepts of the tree of life having appeared in theology, philosophy, biology, and … [Read More...]

Canada: Annual silver dollar honours the 240th anniversary of Captain Cook’s explorations of Western Canada

The Royal Canadian Mint have released their new annual silver dollar coin for 2018 which pays tribute to the memorable explorations of North America by Captain James Cook (1728–1779) who is remembered in Canada as one of the most prolific seamen and explorers of his time. History remembers Cook as the explorer whose voyages and exceptional surveying skills changed European perceptions of the … [Read More...]

A preview of the world and ancient coins at the NYINC Stack’s Bowers auction

By Dennis Hengeveld The New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) is one of the most prestigious shows focused on ancient and world numismatics. Organized in 2018 from January 12 to 14 at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, it has moved down the street from its long-time home at the Waldorf Astoria. In conjunction with the show, a large number of auctions take place before, during, and after … [Read More...]

Italy: Commemorative €2 coin issued in celebration of the 70th anniversary of country’s constitution

The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) have released (2nd January) a new bi-metallic €2 coin that is minted in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Italian constitution, which came into force on the 1st January 1948. The Italian constitution was written by the first post-war chamber of deputies and senate elected in June 1946. The constitution was approved by a vote of 453 in … [Read More...]

World and Ancient Coin sales hit $49 million in 2017 at Heritage Auctions

The following is a press release courtesy of Heritage Auctions. Dallas, Texas (January 3, 2018) — High-profile sales in World and Ancient Coins propelled one of Heritage Auctions’ fastest-growing categories to $49 million in sales in 2017, the category’s second-best year ever. World and Ancient Coins started the year with its highest-grossing auction to date when more than $15.5 million changed … [Read More...]

Netherlands: Latest silver Proof ducat coin features the historical province of Friesland

The Royal Dutch Mint have issued (15th December) the latest silver ducat in their present series entitled “The Twelve Provinces,” which highlights all of the provinces which comprise the current Kingdom of the Netherlands. The traditional trade coin, which was a staple of European commerce in addition to many colonial states in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, is re-created to exact specifications … [Read More...]

A preview of the 2018 New York International Numismatic Convention

By Dennis Hengeveld The New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) is traditionally held sometime during the first few weeks of the year. Taking place for many years at the Waldorf-Astoria in downtown Manhattan, the show has now moved down the block to the Grand Hyatt for the first time, where it will be held from January 12th to the 14th. In conjunction with the show, a large number of … [Read More...]

Poland: Exquisite gold and silver coins issued in ongoing Historical Kings series, featuring Sigismund II Augustus

The National Bank of Poland have issued (7th December) two new coins in their ongoing and popular coin series entitled “The Treasures of Stanislaw August” which highlights the succeeding monarchs of the Polish state from the year 992 and the reign of King Bolesław Chrobry to the last Polish King Stanisław August Poniatowski, whose reign came to an end in 1795. The 13th coin of this popular and … [Read More...]

Armenia: New technology incorporated into latest bank note featuring Noah’s Ark theme

The Central Bank of Armenia have issued (22nd November) a new commemorative bank note which pays homage to the story of Noah’s Ark — a biblical story which has a particular connection to the land of Armenia and its people. In the Book of Genesis, the Mountains of Ararat are the place where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great flood. Near the top of Mount Ararat — long considered a historical … [Read More...]