Legal tender coin struck in antique bronze shows historic Hungarian public square

As a result of limited quantities and appealing subjects, Hungary’s annual 2,000-forint coin showing its national memorials has become a virtual sell-out after just a few years of existence. This year should be no exception. The fourth issue in the series, in which the coins are struck in patinated antique bronze, is dedicated to Kossuth Tér (“square”), on the 90th anniversary of its being named … [Read More...]

“Past & Present” considers the next-of-kin plaques from the Great War

In 1917, while World War I raged, the British government set up a committee to create a memorial plaque to be sent to the next-of-kin of any British subject who died as a result of the war (this included those who died in training or from natural causes, so long as it was determined to be war-related.) A competition was held to design the plaque; the deadline for judging had to be extended when … [Read More...]

Anniversaries and icons continue to shine on new Royal Canadian Mint collector coins

Canadian symbols and cultural icons grace the newest offering of collector coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, which also shine a spotlight on a number of historic milestones. All of these collectibles are currently available to the public. Leading the list is the 70th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, commemorated on … [Read More...]

Perth Mint follows up success of silver swan bullion coins with two new swan issues

Following the monumental success in sales from their silver bullion Swan coin released earlier this year, the Perth Mint has unveiled two new swan-themed issues: a 1-ounce, .9999 fine silver Proof coin and a 1-ounce, .9999 fine gold Brilliant Uncirculated coin. These coins are projected to be the first in a new series of swan-themed coins to be released once every year, similar to the Perth Mint’s … [Read More...]

The Huns latest to be featured in popular “Warriors of History” series

The New Zealand Mint has released its 10th coin in the popular “Warriors of History” series on October 30. The warriors featured on this coin are some of the most feared in all of human history: the Huns. The Huns were renowned for their skill with the bow and the terrifying efficiency with which they wielded their own version of a weapon that far surpassed any European counterpart in range and … [Read More...]

New Zealand Mint celebrates 90 years of love between Mickey and Minnie Mouse

2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the magical relationship between Mickey and Minnie Mouse, which first became canon in Steamboat Willie in 1928. Operating essentially as the face of Disney, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are two of the most iconic figures in all of television history. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the New Zealand Mint has released a 1-ounce silver Proof coin produced by Niue. … [Read More...]

Rarities in fabulous grades at Grün part 5: Post-1871 German coins

More than 600 lots of post-1871 German coins will conclude the sale. As always, the Heidelberger Münzhandlung offers a rich selection that places a focus not on gold, as a material that is found much more frequently, but on rare fractions. When in a perfect grade, these are much harder to come by than many a rare gold coin. Cases in point are the 20 pfennigs piece 1873 E in almost FCD (estimate: … [Read More...]

Rarities in fabulous grades at Grün part 4: German States

After all this, we are finally arriving at the true specialty of the Heidelberger Münzhandlung: German coins. Anybody looking for perfection is well-advised to pay a very close look, for there is much to discover at Grün. For instance, there is a small series of coins from Baden, including a gold prize medal of the University of Heidelberg featuring a portrait of Karl Friedrich rich in … [Read More...]

Rarities in fabulous grades at Grün part 3: Holy Roman Empire and Austrian mediatized princes

In the last post, we covered selected world coins from Auction 73 of the Heidelberger Münzhandlung, taking place November 14 and 15, 2017. Today we move on to selected coins from the Holy Roman Empire and Austria. A gold strike in the weight of 10 ducats from the dies of the dreikaisertaler constitutes the highlight of the coins from the Holy Roman Empire – a series that is certainly not poor in … [Read More...]

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...]