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New master takes charge at Dutch mint

In mid-September, Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt [The Royal Dutch Mint] announced the appointment of a new mintmaster. The past two years have seen a considerable shakeup in The Netherland’s mint. In November last year it was sold to private enterprise. A … Continue reading

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Sovereigns dazzle in Roxbury sale

Two of Australia’s rarest gold coins were sold at Roxbury’s October sale held in Queensland. An example of a Type I Sydney Mint 1856 sovereign (KM-2; Marsh-361) were the first gold coins struck in Australia. The obverse by James Wyon … Continue reading

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British gold disguised as French

In 1815, the London Mint struck a gold coin that baffled historians for decades until the truth was finally uncovered by diligent researchers. Some of these early published accounts indicated that the British had secretly struck French gold coins that … Continue reading

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Gadoury sale features rare gold

Collectors of world gold will likely want to get their hands on the latest catalog from the Monaco auction house of Éditions V. Gadoury. While 1,384 gold lots will dominate the Dec. 2 Prestige Sale, other coins will also be … Continue reading

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Heritage Auctions nabs $5.4 million

World coins are hot, no more so than in the demand for high-grade rarities. This was ably demonstrated in the results of Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 7-12 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature sale. The total realized by the 3,820 lots … Continue reading

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Mughal gold tops Spink London sale

Spink London’s fall sale was the place to be in late September. Many choice rarities exited the auction room for red-hot sums. Top price of the sale of $75,283 [£57,600], or over 19 times upper estimate, was paid for a … Continue reading

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China leads Album sale results

A Chinese rarity topped bidding when Stephen Album Rare Coins held its Auction 29 on Sept. 14-15, at its offices in Santa Rosa, Calif. The total of prices realized was $1.20 million (including buyer’s fees) on a pre-sale estimate of … Continue reading

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Genius Newton chased counterfeiters

Sir Isaac Newton was born on Dec. 25, 1642. The Royal Mint has marked the 375th anniversary of the birth of its former Warden and Master by issue of a commemorative 50-pence coin. This is the first UK coin to … Continue reading

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Apex predator on Niue $100

In recent years, the Saltwater Crocodile has become a popular subject for coins. This is the critter known as Crocodylus porosus by scientists and Saltie by Australians. Human facination with them may stem from the fact that Salties regard us … Continue reading

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Perth Mint strikes tribute to horse

For a couple of years, Australia’s Perth Mint has been striking coins to celebrate the Australian Stock Horse, a distinctive breed developed Down Under. This year, the mint has produced three coins: a 40.60 mm, 31.107 g (one ounce) .9999 … Continue reading

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