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World Coin News September 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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french hammer english in morris online sale

Regular WCN readers will probably be aware of the superb Morris Collection of Imperial Rome that Heritage Auctions has been selling progressively throughout this past year. The coins of ancient Rome were not Morris’ sole interest. He also assembled an impressive number of historic world coins. A selection of these was offered in Heritage’s July 28 World Coin Monthly Online Auction #271928. The ten top-selling lots show the breadth of Morris’s collection as well as his eye for quality pieces. Among the top ten prices, six were achieved by French and English hammered gold, two by milled Russian silver for the 18th and 19th centuries and the tenth by a delightful Carolingian denier of Charlemagne. Top-priced lot was a 27 mm, 3.74 g, undated Charles V gold franc à pied of the…

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napoleon iii vampire coin

I recently saw a French Third Republic coin on which Napoleon III had been re-engraved to look like a vampire. Is there something symbolic about this? The coin was meant to be satirical when it was re-engraved and ‘re-issued’ in quantities following the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. The unfortunate nephew of Napoleon I was captured in the Battle of Sedan and deposed several days later. Did Japan issue any coins or bank notes for their planned occupation of territory of the Soviet Union during World War Two? Paper money was printed in denominations of 10 and 50 kopeks, 1 and 5 rubles, and 1 chervonetz with Cyrillic script translating The Government of Great Imperial Japan. It does not appear it was ever issued. Did Japan issue coins for any…

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rise and fall of the emperors

Today Antakya is a small city in southern Anatolia in Turkey, but in ancient times it was Antioch and considered the emporium of the east. It was the capital of the Roman province of Syria. Syria was the economic base of the Roman Empire in the east, confronting the other superpower of the period, which was called Persia then and is known today as Iran. The Roman Empire was built in an attempt to dampen the rivalries of powerful generals. The security of the Emperors depended on the trust of the army. The tendency of great generals to, at best, think they could do it better, or, at worst, to see their chance and take it, was a problem the Roman system was never able to overcome. After about the middle…

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a quick stop in greece

If my records are correct, this is my 192nd column in World Coin News. It only took twenty years of writing under three column names and three publishers. To lead off, a neat little, undated uniface coin from the German city of Buchhorn. From Buchhorn our trip will take us to Greece with coins from the Kingdom, the Second Republic and the Third or Hellenic Republic. With the last two, it was necessary to add two more copper alloys to my collection, copper nickel and aluminum bronze. In this, the information age, it seems everything we need to know is available on the internet. However, this is not always the case; the only information about Buchhorn on the internet was that in 1811 the city of Friedrichshafen was created out of…

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the coinage of nicholas i, 1825–1855

The extensive coinage of Nicholas I, who ruled Russia from 1825 to 1855, is among the most interesting in the entire series of imperial numismatics. There is a variety of denominations and designs, enough to keep the most dedicated collector busy for many years. The future Emperor Nicholas I, the third son of Paul I (1796–1801), was born near St. Petersburg in the summer of 1796. The eldest son (Alexander I) inherited the purple in 1801 when Paul was assassinated by army officers, but no one thought Grand Duke Nicholas would become emperor and so his schooling was primarily designed for a future role in the Russian army. In late 1825 Alexander I died unexpectedly at Taganrog in the south of Russia. Alexander did not have any surviving male children so the…

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heritage long beach world coins: a work in progress

At the time of writing Heritage Auctions ANA sales were still a month off. Yet such is the way of today’s numismatic world that shortly after these conclude in mid-August Long Beach waits just around the corner. In point of fact consignments for that Sept. 4-9 sale closed on July 5. Internet bidding is scheduled to open pre-ANA on Aug. 12. As a consequence the catalog was a well-advanced work-in-progress come early July. By mid-July some fine lots had already been posted on the www.ha.com website. They are somewhat like a wedding in having both somethings old and somethings new. The oldest item in the catalog is a light 8.08 g, gold stater of Croesus [Kroisus] struck at Sardes c. 553-539 BCE. It displays the classic headshot design of lion versus bull and…