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World Coin News June 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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berne 8 ducat realizes $59,000

On April 26, Munzenonline Live Acutions had its anniversary auction sale. It had many great lots including Zurich Gold Crowns, francs, etc. But the top sale went to the second to last lot in the auction, Lot 350: a Benre 8 ducat 1798 featuring a pointed Bernese coat of arms in a small laurel wreath with the RV value indication “VIII DUCAT.” An inscription that reads “BENEDICTUS SIT IEHOVA DEUS” is promintently featured on the reverse. Graded Prooflike, its starting price was 40,000 CHF and its final sales price was 60,000 CHF (about $59,000.) Another great lot was Lot 347, a collection of Russia Family Rubles from 1836. On the 1 ½ rubles (10 zloych) is the family of Czar Nicholas I, with his wife Alexandra Feodorovna featured in the center…

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south africa mint

The South Africa Mint Company released a new coin series entitled “Celebrating South Africa” in celebration of South Africa’s 25 years of democracy. It commemorates the rights and freedoms espoused by South Africa’s Constitution. On that week 25 years ago, South Africans went to the polls in the country’s first democratic elections following the end of Apartheid rule. In honor of this milestone, the SA Mint issued new collectable coins in base metal, sterling silver, and pure gold. On the reverse of the R500 pure-gold coin is the highest court in South Africa, born of the country’s first democratic Constitution in 1994. It depicts the building that houses the Constitutional Court, including the details on the door, which has the 27 constitutional rights, engraved in its wood. Find out more on the social media…

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dnw slate rare allectus aureus find

Dix Noonan Webb’s June 5-6 sale in London-town will see a recently found aureus of Imperator Caesar Allectus Augustus, Emperor of Britain 293-296 CE, go on the block (cf. S-683). The superb 4.31 g coin was found in March this year by a metal detectorist scouring a newly ploughed field in Kent adjacent to a former Roman road. He later told reporters “At first we found bits of old tractors and shotgun cartridges, but after 45 minutes I found the coin. I still can’t really believe what I discovered! It is my greatest find by miles – I initially thought it was a half sovereign, but I gently sprayed it and it started to gleam. I was sure it was a fake, but decided that it was real as it was…

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inexpensive, but full of history…

Given the vast number of hugely expensive rarities that are presently dominating the world’s auction catalogues, it is good to see a major auction house highlight a most affordable item as their “World Coin of the Week”. Kyle Ponterio of Stack’s-Bowers has drawn attention to a Limerick Siege halfpenny that is to be offered as part of S-B’s Collectors Choice Online sale in June. The rather handsome James II issue of 1691 (S-6594; KM-108) comes overstruck on an earlier large size gunmoney shilling dated February 1689. Details of the under-type are present on both obverse and reverse, particularly on the bust of James II. The “Feb” can be clearly seen. The halfpenny itself has the “N” reversed in HIBERNIA. Graded NGC VF-35 the coin will be offered with an estimate of $70-$100.…

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charles i triple unite leads heritage central states

Presumably Team Heritage felt extremely content at the conclusion of their Central States World & Ancient Coins Signature Floor Auction held at Chicago on April 25-26. If nothing else, their 3,839 lots had demonstrated yet again that the world coin market is wonderfully buoyant. The total realized for the four floor auction sessions was just over $6.6 million with a 97 percent sell-through rate. Six lots took over $50,000 apiece. A further 20 made between $20,000 and $49,999 while 104 took around $10,000 to $19,999. It was not unexpected when an exceptional 1642 triple unite of Charles I topped the bill. Of the numerous varieties known of England’s largest hammered gold coin that on offer is one of the scarcer, particularly in high-grade. It shows a tall, narrow, half-length bust of…

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heritage slates george cook canadian coins

A major attraction at August’s ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago takes place when Heritage Auctions offers the world’s most comprehensive and complete collection of Canadian coins ever assembled. It will be sold at a special session. The collector was George Cook. He devoted over 25 years to seeking out examples of every type of coin issued by the Canadian government and available for private ownership. In many cases his examples of the rarer items are those in the best known condition. Cris Bierrenbach, Vice President of International Numismatics at Heritage, worked for over a decade to help Cook build his Canadian collection. He observed, “George was one of the most focused collectors I have met in my 25 years in numismatics. He loved coins and he loved the challenge of…