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World Coin News February 2019

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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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niue dollars mark vietnam war

The Vietnam War at the time was Australia’s longest. It may have begun with a small commitment of 30 military advisors in 1962, but by the time of the troops’ withdrawal 10 years later, over 61,000 military personnel had been involved. Of those, 521 were killed, with some 3,000 wounded. To remember and honor those who served, Downies has released a four-piece silver dollar proof set struck for Niue. The 40.00 mm, 1 oz .999 fine silver dollars honor “Gunline,” “Callsign Magpie,” “Dustoff,” and “Cordon & Search,” respectively. Mintage is 500.…

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chinese rarities in hong kong sale

The Chinese coin market is healthy. Heritage Auctions’ December sale in Hong Kong proved it. Of the 1,349 lots cataloged, four took in excess of $100,000 apiece and 50 between $10,000 and $99,999. The total realized including buyer’s premium, was $3,171,794. Star of the show was a magnificent Kuang-hsü gold pattern Kuping tael (liang) of year Bing Wu (1906) struck at Tientsin mint (KM-Pn301, Kann-1540). Ex. Zhu H.J. Collection and graded MS63 NGC, it was bid up to $204,000 on a $130,000-$150,000 estimate. From the same collection came a second Kuang-hsü gold pattern Kuping tael (liang), the so-called “small clouds” variety struck in the year Guang Xu (1907) also by Tientsin mint (KM-Pn302, Kann-1541). Graded MS62 NGC, it took an easy $132,000. A further “small clouds” example in MS-61 NGC realized $96,000. Among modern…

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halfcrowns strong in dnw auction

Five special collections constituted the bulk of the catalog for Dix Noonan Webb’s last 2018 sale of British coins. Among these, one was pre-eminent – “The ‘Welsh Marches’ Collection.” This consisted largely of English hammered silver from Aethelred II to Charles I with a few early milled silver pieces rounding out this section of the catalog. Of particular note was a remarkable assemblage of silver coins of King Charles I, who ultimately was beheaded by Oliver Cromwell in 1649. This included many scarcer and rarer types in highly desirable grades. Bidders clearly believed this to be the case and responded accordingly, with estimates eclipsed right, left, and center. Three extremely rare halfcrowns led the field. The first of 1645 was struck at the Ashby de la Zouch mint showing a plume mintmark behind the…

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spink to auction anglo-saxon coins

The fourth and final sale of Allan Williams’ remarkable collection of Anglo-Saxon and Norman coins will take place Jan. 29 at Spink’s London rooms in Bloomsbury. To be offered will be a further 180 coins. These include issues of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Kent, Mercia, East-Anglia, and Wessex, plus a good run of pennies of the Anglo-Saxon kings of all England. Some 100 early Norman coins follow that include an excellent selection of coins of the Anarchy, among which are rare pennies of both Empress Matilda and her son Henry of Anjou – the future Henry II. For those who have ever felt the need to include an historic English silver penny in their collection, many of the lots are quite modestly priced with estimates of well under £500. But there are…

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four designs in tower of london set

For 953 years, Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London has stood on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was constructed on the orders of William I shortly after his 1066 conquest of England, tucked into the southeast corner of London’s old Roman walls. If he was to retain his hold on England, William had to stamp his authority on London and its unruly populace prone to mob rule at the drop of a hat. The size and might of The Tower was effective in achieving this goal. Today, The Tower is arguably one of the best known and most visited tourist destinations in the city. On Dec. 3, Britain’s Royal Mint announced a set of four 2019 commemorative coin designs to celebrate some…

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overstrike silver kurush sells for $10,200

Heritage Auctions’ November sale of the Dr. Hans Wilski Ottoman Collection included a most desirable rarity: a 41 mm, 26.72 g reform kurush overstruck on a Dutch lion daalder at the Constantinople Mint. The catalog listing spells out its rarity, “KM-Unl., ICV-Unl., Mitch-Unl., Pere-Unl., Damali-22-K-G1-Mim 5.” The coin represents the efforts of Sultan Mustafa II to both replace the long-reigning small silver akce as the primary silver denomination of the Ottoman economy and to rid the country of European taler-type coins then in wide circulation. To this end, an Imperial Order was issued in AH 1108 (1697) that all foreign coins circulating in the open market were to be collected and reminted with the Sultan’s toughra. This was his signature or seal. It effectively guaranteed the legitimacy and quality of the new…