Rarities in fabulous grades at Grün part 2: World coins and medals

In the last post, we covered selected ancient coins from Auction 73 of the Heidelberger Münzhandlung, taking place November 14 and 15, 2017. Today we move on to selected coins from foreign countries. This part of the auction offers many interesting specimens, among these a small series of English, French, and Flemish gold coins dating from the late Middle Ages and early modern times. A gorgeous … [Read More...]

Rarities in fabulous grades at Grün part 1: Ancient coins

From November 14 to 15, 2017, Auction 73 of the Heidelberger Münzhandlung will take place. Herbert Grün has again assembled a catalog that contains rarities in the best grades imaginable — ranging from ancient times to the Federal Republic of Germany. A large series consisting of more than 700 lots of ancient coins is followed up by almost 600 lots of world coins and medals. More than 100 lots … [Read More...]

Early October releases from Niue commemorate “Battles That Changed History” and two Disney classics

In the first half of October, the New Zealand Mint has produced seven new commemorative coins for the island of Niue, with themes covering the Battle of Trafalgar, the 80th anniversary of the animated Disney movie Snow White, and Disney's 1983 production of Mickey's Christmas Carol. Each of these new coins comes in a Proof finish, with the exception of the 1-ounce silver Trafalgar coin, which has … [Read More...]

Hungarian commemorative coins honor the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of a church in the German town of Wittenberg. In doing so, he challenged the position of the Catholic Church on the forgiveness of sins. The theses claimed that it was not the Pope, but God alone who could forgive sins, based on the repentance of the sinner. Accordingly, Luther’s theses condemned the … [Read More...]

Libertad mintage round-up

The big surprise for the 2017 Libertad mintages was hinted at in the last Libertad article: the minuscule gold bullion mintages. The 1/10-ounce gold Brilliant Uncirculated coin came with the key number of 300 (tied with 2003 for low mintage). Recent auctions on eBay have the 1/10th selling above $800, so the question of whether or not gold bullion will eventually find its way to Libertad … [Read More...]

Perth Mint and APMEX renew their annual “Escape to Australia” sweepstakes

The Perth Mint and APMEX are at it again, partnering for the ninth annual Escape to Australia Sweepstakes. U.S. residents who purchase any 2017- or 2018-dated Perth Mint item from APMEX (website or telephone) between October 3 and midnight (ET) on November 5 will be automatically entered to win. (Purchases through eBay do not qualify.) No purchase is necessary to enter, however—any eligible person … [Read More...]

Czech Republic’s first bullion coin: Beautiful and unusual in more ways than one

For the first time ever, the Czech Republic has issued bullion investment coins. Introduced at the Investor Prague Show, the Czech Lion joins the ranks of the American Eagle, the Chinese Panda, the U.K.’s Britannia, the Australian Kangaroo, and several other government-guaranteed bullion programs. The Lion also joins a more exclusive club: well-designed, low-mintage bullion coins that, in their … [Read More...]

British Virgin Islands: Accession of Queen Victoria remembered on latest high relief silver crown.

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (18th September) a new coin which marks the 180th anniversary of one of the world’s most well-known and revered British monarchs — Queen Victoria. The 20th June 2017 marked Queen Victoria’s eventful and historic accession to the British throne — which also ushered in the Victorian Era — not just for Great Britain, but also for … [Read More...]

Italy: Beautiful city of Trento featured on “Italy of the Arts” coin series

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) have released (19th September) a new €5 silver Proof coin which is the second of two 2017 coins in the hugely successful series “Italy of the Arts.” The smaller of these two coins for features the beautiful city of Trento—where architecture, art, history, and nature perfectly blend together. The province of Trento itself lies to the south of the … [Read More...]

Perth Mint heralds the Lunar Year, the 70th anniversary of the royal wedding, and more with its September releases

On September 5, 2017, the Perth Mint released nine new coins for the first month of autumn. Four of the coins commemorate the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II's royal wedding, which was held at Westminster Abbey in London on November 20, 1947. An additional two coins honor the upcoming Year of the Dog with both silver and gold Proof issues, each of which is available for purchase in three … [Read More...]