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World Coin News October 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.
somerset field yields rare constantine solidus

On Sept. 17 the London auction house of Dix Noonan Webb will offer a rare Roman gold solidus of Emperor Constantine I. It was found earlier this year in a field at Wanstrow in Somerset by a metal dectorist. The high grade 4.43 g coin is an example of the new denomination introduced by Constantine in 310. It was struck at Trier, the capital of Gaul, c. 313-315 CE (Calicó –; RIC 36). The obverse shows a laureate bust of the emperor while the reverse shows him galloping on horseback with lance and shield trampling two opponents beneath. The find is historically important. The coin commemorates Constantine’s significant victory over the usurper Maxentius at Milvian Bridge outside Rome in October 312. It was on this occasion that Constantine adopted a new military…

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spink slates edward viii pattern penny

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Spink will put ‘The Waterbird Collection of English Rarities’ up for sale in their London auction rooms. This collection comprises 65 lots of English numismatic rarities ranging from medieval gold nobles through to what the Spink media release describes as one of “the holy grails of 20th century numismatics”, an Edward VIII pattern proof penny. All Edward VIII patterns are of the highest rarity. Few are available to collectors. A detailed summary is given in Joseph S. Giordano’s treatise “Portraits of a Prince”. They were struck for thirteen denominations as both brilliant and matt proofs. Excluding the trial strikes for the nickel-brass threepence, no more than two of any denomination is in private hands but for half the denominations there is just one. Of these a dozen are contained…

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bugs bunny tops stack’s-bowers’ ana coins

Stack’s-Bowers Ancient and World Coin ANA sale occupied Aug.14 to 16 with online-only sales concluding on Aug. 21. As in Stack’s-Bowers world coin auction in Hong Kong, conducted in the aftermath of ANA, the top-selling lot was a modern gold coin. In the ANA case the subject of a Canadian 1 kilo gold $2,500 proof (KM-) was ‘Looney Tunes ™’ with Bugs Bunny leading front and center. Ranged behind him in frosted relief were Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Sylvester, Elmer Fudd, Speedy Gonzales, Road Runner, Michigan J. Frog, Tasmanian Devil, Yosemite Sam, Pépé le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck. The coin has a mintage of just 10 and came in stunning NGC PROOF-69 Ultra Cameo. On an estimate of $45,000-55,000 the lot realized $50,400 commensurate with the…

6 мин.
discovery australian 1916 mule halfpenny

On Saturday, Oct. 5 Roxburys’ Auction House in sunny Queensland will feature an example of Australia’s rarest circulation coin: a 1916 mule halfpenny (KM-30). Importantly this is not one of the previously known examples. It is a discovery coin found recently in a tin in a shed on a deceased estate. The coin has been verified as genuine by PCGS who have certified it as VF35 Gold Shield. This ranks it among the finer known examples. Less than ten examples of the 1916 mule were known before the new discovery. This makes the mule far rarer than the sought-after Australian 1923 halfpennies, 1930 pennies or 1921/22 over-date threepences. To quote Australia’s Andrew Crellin: “no other [Australian] circulating coin comes even close to it in terms of population rarity.” It is a product…

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how religion affected coinage

I’ll start with Christianity. I don’t think I can write about Islam without talking about Christianity, and I can’t talk about Syria without talking about Islam. Syria was a Roman province, mostly, before Islam, some fluidity on the eastern borders by the Persians, 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 then called Persia, and is now called Iran. Human governance apparently started with physically strong, charismatic males doing whatever they pleased and could get away with, sometimes everyone else was lucky, just…

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examining the future of coins

The July 26 issue of the United Arab Emirates newspaper Gulf News carries an article on a display of coins that is titled “A dying hobby gains currency.” An article appearing in the July 25 online issue ofThisIsMoney.co.uk starts: “Why do we still use cash, when card is clearly more practical?” On July 25, the prestigious newspaper Financial Times (London) asked the question: “Could cash end up inside a museum?” On May 4 another prestigious London newspaper, the Times seized the other end of the debate when it announced: “Sweden, the nation that pioneered living without cash, warns: Hoard your bank notes.” (It was the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency that made this announcement.) Sweden has been leading the charge for those countries considering replacing all cash transactions with electronic payments. The thinking in Sweden…