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World Coin News

World Coin News December 2019

The fascinating history and details of world coins are brought to life monthly in World Coin News. We are the leading authority on world coins and regularly report on new issues, auctions and other coin news from around the world. Our top experts provide in-depth historical information on coins and the countries that issue them.

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islamic gold dinar realizes over $4 million at auction

One of the world’s rarest and most highly prized of all Islamic gold coins, or any coin, was sold by specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in London Oct. 24 for an outstanding £3,720,000 million (over $4 million USD). Measuring a mere 20mm across, about the size of a modern £1 piece, the gold coin, an Umayyad dinar, dated 105h (723CE) from the first dynasty of Islam, was bought after fierce bidding by an anonymous bidder over the telephone. The coin, one of only about a dozen known to exist, bears a short line of text, Ma‘din Amir al-Mu‘minin bi’l-Hijaz, which translates to “Mine of the Commander of the Faithful in the Hijaz.” In essence, this is the first Islamic gold coin to name a location in Saudi Arabia and indeed the earliest from…

10 min
syria – 7 the arrival of the mongols

A short addendum to the last installment of this series. I lay in bed and actually READ the appropriate sections of Album’s Checklist of Islamic Coins, instead of just looking up coins in it. When I write about coins I tend to look at them from a “non-collector” perspective, and ignore the very rare and extremely rare stuff that very or extremely rarely passes through my inventory. I’ve never encountered coins like Arab-Sasanian silver drachms announcing that they were made in Damascus. They areephemeral issuers, rebels. There is a whole other world of stuff on the other side of rare. Back to the timeline. We were up to the Fatimids. The two big branches of Islam are Sunni and Shia. The Sunnis think that the first four caliphs were legitimate, then…

14 min
australia top coin of the year nominee

Australian coins came out on top, earning a total of nine nominations in eight different categories, as the 37th annual Coin of the Year (COTY) program kicked off with nominee selection of 2018-dated coins. The awards competition, presented by World Coin News and sponsored by The Journal of East Asian Numismatics, begins each year when the COTY Nomination Committee convenes to select the nominees. More than 1,000 coins from 45 issuing entities around the world were considered when the panel met Oct. 24-25 in Stevens Point, Wis. Two days of deliberation resulted in a total of 100 nominees: 10 coins in each of the 10 award categories. “Coming into this year’s Coin of the Year nominating committee meeting, I think many of us thought it might be a difficult year to fill each…

4 min
coins of christmas present

The Holiday spirit appears to be affecting or, perhaps, infecting the world’s mints. Over recent years, more and more coins have been produced to celebrate the Holiday Season. This year is no exception. The first 2019 issues appeared in August last. Once again, those looking for a gift for the numismatist in their life are spoilt for choice. The coin designs accommodate most preferences be they religious, secular or, even, Minion-Made. Just a few of those on offer are listed here. As usual, Australia’s Perth Mint was an early starter. This year, it issued its 10th distinctive star-shaped, colorized 38.65 mm, 31.107 g (1 oz) .9999 fine silver proof Aussie dollar. Jennifer McKenna’s design features a reindeer clad in red harness and jingle bells rearing among stars. It is not known whether…

1 min
rcm joins in the holiday spirit

For most families, the holidays are about coming together to celebrate as a family. And what could be better for celebrating then to have freshly baked goods? This year, the Royal Canadian Mint is offering a Murano Holiday Cookies coin. The reverse features a plate full of cookies including shortbread, chocolate chip, and more with a Murano glass gingerbread person to top it all off. Since part of the coin is handcrafted, no two coins are alike. Each coin has a proof finish and a face value of $20. They are made out of 99.99% silver and have a mintage of just 5,500. For those who don’t particularly have a sweet tooth, or are looking for something more magical, the Royal Canadian Mint is also offering a “Steve” coin. This coin…

1 min
silvertowne’s diverse offerings

With the holiday season comes holiday ads, and who doesn’t remember the Coca-Cola® ad where Santa Clause is downing a Coca-Cola after a hard day’s work in the North Pole? And, if it wasn’t Santa, then it was a friendly polar bear instead. For this holiday season, SilverTowne is offering a 2019 Fiji silver Coca-Cola Santa Clause one-ounce holiday coin. Issued on behalf of Fiji, this coin’s reverse features Santa Clause enjoying an ice-cold bottle of Coca-Cola with the Coca-Cola logo in the background. Santa Clause and the bottle appear in a proof-like finish atop a matted background. Each coin contains one troy ounce of silver and comes in original government packaging. The mintage is 25,000. For those who celebrate Hanukkah, there is a 2019 Happy Hanukkah silver medallion. Minted at…