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World Coin News July 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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world famous detective sherlock holmes ™ to be commemorated on uk coin

The Royal Mint will be commemorating 160 years since the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with a coin dedicated to his most famous creation – the detective Sherlock Holmes. The sleuth’s profile, complete with pipe and deerstalker will appear on a 50p piece surrounded by the names of his most popular adventures. The designer of the coin – Stephen Raw – chose to create a design that requires a magnifying glass to read the names of these famous cases, hoping to bring out the “inner detective” of anyone who finds the coin in their change. The character of Sherlock Holmes has inspired countless films, video games, radio plays and TV series. In addition to creating one of the world’s most famous fictional characters, Conan Doyle also highlighted how important fingerprints could…

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heritage ana platinum preview

Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night® world coin sale conducted each year at ANA’s World’s Fair of Money has become an institution in its own right. This year’s event in August is already set to match those of Platinum sales past. Given the current buoyancy of the world coin market it is to be expected that new records will be set in both total-realized and prices of individual coins. The catalog is still a work in progress but a preview brochure has given a glimpse of some of the remarkable pieces that will be offered. For your reporter one item leapt out: an unpublished medallion of 4.5 solidi minted in Siscia for Constans, 337-350 CE (35mm, 20.12 g). This is the companion piece to the Constantius II 4.5 solidi RIC VIII 128. The obverse carries…

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morris online sale part i takes $215,704

The major rarities of the vast Morris Collection of Roman Imperial coins was sold by Heritage Auctions as part of their January 2019 NYINC sale. As announced at the time the remainder of the collection is to be sold through dedicated monthly internet auctions over the remainder of this year. On May 26 Part I of the sale was completed with extremely satisfactory results. The 507 lots brought in $60,000 over the high estimate of $156,000 for a total of $215,704. Numerous unlisted varieties realized multiples of high estimate with sestertii being particularly active. The top-priced gold item was a delightful 20 mm, 4.42 g solidus of Leo V the Armenian, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire AD 813-820 (Sear 1627). Struck at Constantinople the obverse shows Leo wearing crown and chlamys with…

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the coinage of alexander iii, 1881-1894

At the present time, collectors who think about Imperial Russia under the czars normally bring Nicholas II (1894–1917) to mind as perhaps the best known. Yet the coins struck under the last czar were the direct result of measures undertaken by his father, Alexander III (1881–1894), to reform the Russian monetary system. Alexander was a physical giant, and had the intellectual stamina to carry through those projects that he considered best for the country. Alexander was born in February 1845, the second son of the future Alexander II. Until he was in his early 20s, however, Alexander was given no special training for becoming emperor because his elder brother, Constantine, was expected to rule in due course. The unexpected death of the heir-apparent, however, thrust the Czarevich Alexander, as he was…

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syria- “where it all began”

Don’t they say geography is destiny? I’m going to write about Syria for the next several articles, getting eventually to the coins. I started with the Wikipedia History of Syria, where I was reminded that this country contains several oldest in the world artifacts of human culture. I mean big, systemic artifacts like cities, metal work, and agriculture. But there’s a discrepancy in my thought process. When I think earliest civilization (in the sense of “cities”) I think of Sumer and Akkad, located a few hundred miles east in what is now Iraq, and of mighty Egypt, which is way to the west in a different continent. Somehow, in my historical outlook, I overlook the place where it all started (at least on that side of Eurasia). Syria. This is where it all,…

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onward to riga

While our tour left us in Italy in the last issue, this month will find us much further north in Riga. The next stop will be the German State of Pyrmont and into the Balkans and the Republic of Macedonia. Some advantages of a virtual tour, continuity and time are not a problem; it is also not as physically wearying as the real thing. Contact Don Dool with questions, corrections and comments at dool@comcast.net. Works Cited. “Bad Pyrmont.” 2 June 2019. <https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Bad_Pyrmont> Eklund, O. P. Copper Coins of German States. Colorado Springs: American, 1963. Rpt. Of “Copper Coins of German States.” The Numismatist. Krause, Chester L., and Mishler, Clifford. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700. Ed. Colin R. Bruce II. 4th ed. Iola, WI: Krause, 2008. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800. Ed. Colin R.…