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Trip to England opens door to past

By Dick Hanscom My wife said to me, “You’re going with me this year. When can you go?” She had “done” Cornwall the previous year with a family friend (looking for Poldark and Doc Martin). So stuffing my dislike for … Continue reading

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Wilkes joins DNW

In February, Dix Noonan Webb announced that Tim Wilkes, one of the world’s leading experts in Islamic coinage, has joined their Coin Department. Wilkes brings considerable experience to DNW. For 10 years, he worked at A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd, … Continue reading

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Elizabethan gold brings almost $11,000

Among the surfeit of historic hammered and milled English gold to appear on the market in recent months, some rarities appear infrequently. The half pound or half sovereign of Elizabeth I is a case in point. An attractive example of … Continue reading

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New deputy master for Royal Mint

For the first time in over a thousand years, Britain’s Royal Mint has a woman as its Deputy Master and chief executive. The appointment of Anne Jessopp to these roles was announced Feb. 19 by Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to … Continue reading

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Sunken cities exhibit now open in St. Louis

By Henry Hettger The St. Louis Art Museum now hosts the “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” exhibition. It opened March 25 for six months duration. Besides 250 art objects, including statuary of the period and earlier of the city of … Continue reading

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Canada honors Tecumseh, James Cook

The Royal Canadian Mint is presently celebrating two historic anniversaries. March marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of Native American Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, a.k.a. Chief Shooting Star, described as “one of the most sophisticated and celebrated Indian leaders in … Continue reading

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Chinese copper, pattern star in Stack’s Bowers sale

Quentin David Bowers is undoubtedly best known to numismatists for his in-depth knowledge of U.S. coins. In his spare time, he also assembled major collections of player pianos, archival cinematic publications, and Chinese copper coins. The Chinese copper coin collection … Continue reading

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Eldorado Collection called fabulous

For collectors of South American coins attending the New York International Numismatic Convention, Stack’s Bowers provided not-to-be-missed occasions. The firm offered the once-in-a-lifetime Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. “Superb,” “extraordinary,” “fabulous” … none of the clichéd adjectives do … Continue reading

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Former Queen Beatrix honored at 80

Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands recently turned 80. In honor of the 80th birthday of their former Queen on Jan. 31, Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt [Royal Dutch Mint] has produced three portrait medals: a BU cupro-nickel piece in a blister card; … Continue reading

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Maple Leaf marks 30 years at .9999

This year, the Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 30th birthday of its one-ounce .9999 fine Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin. More than 200 million have been sold by the Mint since the coin’s introduction in 1988. To mark this milestone, … Continue reading

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