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World Coin News March 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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2 мин.
exceptional henry iii double penny for sale

Coincraft have announced an extraordinary silver double penny of King Henry III for sale. It is one of the rarest English hammered coins ever minted and could well be unique. The obverse depicts a front-facing crowned effigy of Henry III with sceptre accompanied by the legend HENRICUS REX III. The reverse shows the long cross introduced in 1247 as part of coinage reform. The moneyer’s name and location is given as WILLEMM ON CANTT [Canterbury]. The coin is first known to have been offered for sale at a Sotheby auction in 1920 when it sold for £250 as part of the Talbot Ready Collection. It was sold again in 1930, 1939, and 1950 before featuring in Spink auctions in 1978 and 1986. The last time it went on the block was as part…

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‘fraternity’ closes marianne trilogy

Since 2008, Monnaie de Paris has revisited a number of historic French numismatic themes. Two years ago, it commenced a trilogy paying tribute to Marianne, whose face first appeared on a French coin in 1871, a 5 centime (KM-821.1). In 2017, Monnaie de Paris linked Marianne with Liberty. In 2018, she espoused Equality. This year, the series concludes with Fraternity. “Marianne 2019” is the work of Chief Engraver Joaquin Jimenez. He took for his inspiration a bronze medal by Eugene-André Oudiné, the sculptor responsible for her first numismatic outing. Marianne’s face is portrayed with considerable delicacy beneath a Phrygian cap topped by an oak and olive spray. To her right, the “F” of Fraternity inspires a dance of hands that seek out one another in an allegory of a united society. The reverse provides the euro value…

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monnaie de paris takes top coty honors

Our Thirty-Sixth Annual Coin of the Year Awards Ceremony took place Feb. 2 in Berlin at the World Money Fair. From the thousands of coins produced in a year, only a hundred make the cut for nomination. These 100 are then sorted by category for our Judges Panel to consider. Ten worthy winners emerge from this process and, in a final vote, our judges select one coin as the Coin of the Year. I was privileged this year with the honor of presenting the COTY awards and was able to share in the joy experienced by the recipients.…

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swiss coinage spotty through 17th century

A funny thing happened. I quick ordered the HMZ catalog, Volume 2, and it arrived with the cover upside down. An extremely rare error book! What I see overall in Renaissance to 18th century Swiss coinage is spottiness. It seems like no place in Switzerland was wealthy enough to float any kind of coinage over decades. In 16th century France and Germany, there were many places producing long date runs of low denominations, some date runs of larger coins. Nothing like that in Switzerland. They apparently made small coins only when they had to and large coins for various kinds of personal or corporate egotistical reasons. This tells us that they were probably using lots of foreign coins. We know they were using foreign gold, as they essentially did not make…

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mints embrace 21st century missions

The Singapore Mint has become an official submission center for third party certification services Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, Numismatic Conservation Services, and Paper Money Guaranty. The mint was founded by Singapore Minister of Finance Dr. Goh Keng Swee in 1968, initially being contracted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to strike coins for the city-state. The mint has evolved since its inception from a production facility for circulating domestic coinage to a business that produces commemorative coins for Bhutan and Macau as well as for Singapore, a variety of gold products, and what the mint web site describes as “quality currency-related gifts and collectibles, lifestyle products and services to both local and international markets.” The mint operates as a subsidiary of SembCorp Industries Ltd., a utilities, energy, and water services company servicing…

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12-sided pound coin type goes global

The British Treasury has recently given permission for the type coin it bills as “the most secure of its kind in the world” to be used by overseas territories and crown dependencies. Great Britain’s “round pound” was replaced by a 12-sided £1 coin in 2017 due to rampant counterfeiting of the earlier coin. The nickel-brass £1 was introduced in 1983, the bank note of the same denomination no longer being issued beginning in the following year but remaining officially in circulation through 1988. The notes are still redeemable today at the offices of the Bank of England. The round-shaped coin was replaced with the new dodecagonal ringed bimetal coin once the British Royal Mint indicated counterfeiting had become a growing problem. In 2002 to 2003, it had been estimated 0.98 percent of…