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New website for German mints

The State Mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg launched a new website: www.mintbw.de. Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (SMBW). They are Germany’s largest mint, the result of a merger in 1998 of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart. They are responsible for producing 40 percent of Germany’s euro … Continue reading

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Steinberg firm buying world gold

Steinberg’s, Inc., is buying world gold coins. The firm is particularly interested in the issues of Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, China, British India, Great Britain, Mexico, Finland, Norway and shipwreck and “land” cob coinage. Bob Steinberg said he will be walking … Continue reading

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Central Asian coins topic of book

The new Catalog of Pre-Modern Central Asian Coins 1680-1923 by Vladimir Nastich and Wolfgang Schuster has been published by the Bremen Numismatic Society (https://www.bng-bremen.de). No comprehensive catalog or detailed study covering all Central Asian coins exists so far. Contrary to … Continue reading

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Good King Wenceslas on Czech coins

In 1853, John Neale proclaimed, “Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen” … Neale’s words caught the fancy of many. They quickly became a popular Christmas carol – notwithstanding the indignant objections of pedantic academics. Despite the … Continue reading

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Queen unites Scandinavia – sort of

By Bob Reis We were talking about Albert of Mecklenburg, a German interloper who was recruited by a faction in Sweden to be a puppet king, ruled perhaps somewhat injudiciously, his incompetence setting in motion other political activities by the … Continue reading

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Sun and planets in Australian set

At the beginning of November, the Royal Australian Mint launched a series of 10 coins celebrating our solar system. The coins range in denomination from cent to $5 and come presented in a pop-up book that contains information about the … Continue reading

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Stack’s Bowers sale features gold

The sale of the first tranche of The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money might be expected to dominate proceedings at Stack’s Bowers NYINC auction on Jan. 12-13. However, the rare, the scarce and the ubiquitous from the … Continue reading

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Owl appears on Tuvalu ounce

Downies latest contribution to the Australian flora and fauna on coins comes courtesy of the good folk of Tuvalu: Ninox strenua a.k.a. the Powerful Owl. The 40.60 mm, 1 oz .9999 fine silver proof quality dollar has a mintage of … Continue reading

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George IV proof set in DNW auction

The Great British coin market has been dominated in recent months by seemingly insatiable demands for historic proof sets and gold 5 guineas. Dix Noonan Webb’s London sale of Dec. 13-14 may go a little way to satisfying collectors in … Continue reading

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Poland honors Fatima

Commencing in May 1917, three children shepherding sheep flocks at Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal, experienced visions of the Mother of God, whom they described as a “Lady more brilliant than the Sun.” The three children were Lúcia Santos … Continue reading

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