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World Coin News April 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.
of coins and chronograms

The top-selling lot at Stack-Bowers NYINC world coin sale in January had its date woven into its reverse legend as a chronogram. Whether or not this aspect of the coin contributed to the U.S. $78,000 price tag of the Nürnberg 8 ducat is unknown, but it sure didn’t hurt. Chronograms have been around for a long time. They occur in many cultures. The legends of coins have provided a favorite habitat in which they thrive. The word means “time writing” or “time letters.” It refers to interpreting specific letters in a sentence or coin legend as numerals. When these are rearranged, they provide a specific date. Both Roman and Hebrew characters are the most commonly used. The reverse legend on the ducat provides an example. Certain letters are shown in a large font.…

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few coins of edward viii survive

The short reign of British King Edward VIII has always fascinated numismatists as well as historians. One of the more interesting events connected with this subject came in the latter part of February 2010 when the well-known firm of Ira & Larry Goldberg was able to purchase a set of coins of this ruler, who occupied the throne of the United Kingdom for only a few months in 1936. The price was $2.1 million, an extraordinary sum for a proof set struck by the London Mint. There are rumors that this set may have come from some branch of the royal family that had obtained it in early 1937, but it may be many years before the whole story comes out. It is also thought the set had passed from royalty…

3 мин.
coins document roman presence in belgium

The region in what is today Belgium and the Netherlands that was occupied by the ancient Romans appears to be larger than previously known, the evidence being a recent find of coins. The find consists of four silver denarii and 103 bronze composition sestertii and as coins. Recent research on the find conducted by Leiden University historian Liesbeth Claes indicates the coins were struck between the reigns of Roman Emperor Vespasian in AD 69 through that of Marcus Aurelius in AD 180, with one exception. That denarius was struck in 90 BC by the Roman moneyer C. Calpurnius Piso L.F. Frugi, a son-in-law to the famed Roman statesman and orator Cicero. The coins were found in 2017 by two local men using metal detectors. The men had been sweeping fields in and…

3 мин.
patent awarded for detection of fake coins

Counterfeit coins are not as major a concern as they may have been in the past, but the troublesome fakes are nevertheless out there worldwide. Despite the fact it would be more profitable to make bogus high-denomination bank notes, there has been an increase in the number of fakes in some places. During the second half of 2018, the number of fake euro bank notes detected in Slovakia declined by 9.7 percent, yet the number of bogus coins increased by 16 percent during the same period. The most frequently encountered counterfeit coin was the €2, the highest denomination coin in circulation. This denomination represented 79.8 percent of the bad coins encountered. How do you detect fakes? National Bank of Slovakia spokesman Vráblik Solcanyiová said, “Euro coins of the nominal value of €1…

3 мин.
organizations collaborate on scanner, software

Counterfeit coins have always been a problem. While some fake ancient coins are contemporary fakes meant to be used as money, others are modern pieces meant to deceive collectors and museums alike. The German state of Saxony-Anhalt recently launched an ambitious campaign through which the state plans to digitize its cultural heritage, archaeological finds, and its historical coins. The Saxony-Anhalt State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology has an inventory of about 20,000 coins that has been described as being “often several centuries old.” Until now the inventory had been cataloged by hand. Concerns about the authenticity of these coins includes not only fakes having gone undetected in the collection but the risk of a fake being substituted for a genuine coin when a coin is being returned following having been…

3 мин.
current lunar ‘year of the pig’ is full of pork

The celebration of Christmas, the Olympics, or other predictable and repetitive events are increasingly being marked by coins. While these events are important, they pale when compared to the many mints and countries that are now issuing coins to mark the annually celebrated tradition of the Lunar New Year. The zodiac symbols of the Lunar New Year, or shengxiao (“born resembling”), are repeated in a 12-year cycle, each year being represented by a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig, in that order. This year, which began on Feb. 5, is the Year of the Pig. People following the tradition associate each animal with certain characteristics that are believed to fit the personality of people born in that lunar year. Coins marking the Lunar New Year…