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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]