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Coinage of Gibraltar

by Fred Glueckstein Gibraltar is located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance to the Mediterranean. It is bordered to the north by Spain and has an area of 2.6 square miles. The Rock of Gibraltar dominates … Continue reading

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DNW appoints Antiquarian Nigel Mills

In May the London auction house of Dix Noonan Webb announce the appointment of antiquities expert Nigel Mills. He will be working alongside the company’s coin and jewelery departments particularly in the fields of artifacts, ancient and hammered British coins, … Continue reading

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Mostly Copper

by Donald Dool During the Napoleonic Wars the northern Italian city of Mantua was besieged twice. In 1797 the French laid siege and in 1799 they were the besieged. The first siege began on June 4, 1796 as a move … Continue reading

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New Zealand honors cultural heroes

Over the past two years, New Zealand has issued a series of gold and silver coins to celebrate the great Māori cultural hero Māui-tikitiki. In February, two gold $10s and silver $1s were released. These tell the story of how … Continue reading

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Canada’s Voyageur silver dollar design revisited

Recent years have seen several world mints revisit classic designs of former coins. The Royal Canadian Mint is no exception. This year has seen it dust off its archives to reconsider one of the country’s best-known coins: Emanuel Hahn’s Voyageur … Continue reading

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Royal Mint issues first Matt-finish sovereign

Earlier this year, Britain’s Royal Mint announced the launch of the first BU sovereign having “a special Matt finish,” as opposed to the traditional Proof finish. The reverse of the 2019-dated, 22.05 mm, 7.98 g, .9167 fine gold coin shows … Continue reading

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Woodland Spirits series features fairy-tale hero

“May you become as smart as the rabbit!” This is how the Monoglian fairy tale about the smart rabbit ends. Unlike in Grimms’ fairy tales, in Mongolia the rabbit is not the natural enemy of the fox. Both are evenly … Continue reading

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Great British Coin Hunt 2019 underway

Last year, Britain’s Royal Mint sparked a nationwide coin hunt. It put into circulation 26 new 10-pence coins. Each bore a different letter of the alphabet accompanied by an appropriate A-Z design. Collectors and, importantly, a host of new collectors … Continue reading

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Queen Anne 5 guineas takes record $1.1 million

The market for Britain’s 5-guinea gold pieces has run red hot for many a moon. All previous results, however, paled into insignificance with Lot 69 of Baldwins of St. James’s New York Premier Sale. It consisted of a rare 5 … Continue reading

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Monnaie de Paris celebrates fall of Berlin Wall

This Nov. 9 marks the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate the historic occasion, Monnaie de Paris has issued a spectacular group of three gold and three silver euros. These are the first coins in … Continue reading

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