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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]