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Silver pennies bring $645,374 at Spink

The July 3 sale of the second tranche of Anglo-Saxon and Viking coins from the Williams collection was another triumph for Spink. These were the coins of Alfred the Great, Aethelred the Unready, Eric Bloodaxe and Harold Bluetooth, among others. … Continue reading

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New Perth Mint tour begins

In late July, Western Australia’s Perth Mint announced something a little different for gold coin collectors: “Mine to Mint” tours. The new enterprise is being undertaken in conjunction with Go West Tours of Newmont, Australia. Australia is the world’s second … Continue reading

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‘Boaty McBoatface’ arrives

The British public has long been known for its puckish sense of humor. Two years ago, an online poll was conducted to choose a name for a new British Antarctic Survey research vessel. A BBC radio host jokingly added the … Continue reading

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Britannia gets new look on proof bullion

In early July, Britain’s Royal Mint announced this year’s Britannia proof issues. The reverse design for 2018 comes from sculptor David Lawrence, who presents a fresh new take on behelmed Britannia. She gazes pensively, her helm decorated with a wreath … Continue reading

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Meteorite fragment part of design

This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. It began life in 1868 as the Toronto Astronomical Club. In 1890, it became legally incorporated as The Astronomical and Physical Society of Toronto. A petition to … Continue reading

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Award-winning medal honors Death March victims

The newly established Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award was presented at the 2018 XXXV FIDEM Art Medal Congress awards banquet in Ottawa on June 3. It was awarded to Otakar Dušek, from the Czech Republic, for his Todesmarsch (Death … Continue reading

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Coins honor Lawrence of Arabia

Among the millions who participated in World War I, a few names live in history. The Red Baron is one. Lawrence of Arabia is another. Britain’s Royal Mint’s latest coin sets commemorating people and events from WWI include gold and … Continue reading

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Australian rarities in September auction

On Sept. 23, Australia’s International Auction Galleries will offer the finest-known New South Wales Holey Dollar of 1813 (KM-2) and the finest-known South Australia Type II Adelaide Pound of 1852 (KM-2). They come from a collection that consists of just … Continue reading

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Sauna theme for new Finnish coins

The sauna has been part of Finnish culture for over 2,000 years. Today, the country of seven million people has at least two million saunas. In these circumstances, it was inevitable that the sauna would provide a subject for the … Continue reading

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Heritage calls $2.6 million auction

The Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair in late June saw Heritage Auctions offer both world and ancient coins in its Signature sale. When the dust settled on June 29, the sale had realized a total of $2,609,235 for a clearance … Continue reading

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