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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]