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World Coin News November 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.
edward viii 1937 proof realizes $163,830

Following up on a story we posted on Sept. 6 on numismaticnews.net that announced the reappearance at auction of the extremely rare Edward VIII 1937 proof penny pattern, the coin sold on Tuesday Sept. 24, for a hammer price of £111,000 ($136,525 USD), or £133,200 ($163,830 USD) with buyer’s fees, on a pre-sale estimate of £60,000-£80,000 (about $73-98,000 USD.) The sale took place through Spink under the name “The Waterbird Collection of English Rarities,” offering only 65 lots of scarce to rare types. Some were seldom available to collectors. The Edward VIII proof penny pattern, for instance, is one of only two known in private collections. The Waterbird Collection also contained the 1860 penny, halfpenny, and farthing. All are quite rare and realized £3,800($4,673.84 USD), £8,500 ($10,454 USD) and £10,000 ($12,300 USD)…

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choice selections from the dom aukcyjny online auction

A new online auction firm has been established in Poland. Dom Aukcyjny is launching their fourth live auction on Sept. 22-23 with a wide variety of coins, banknotes, medals and decorations. About one third of the one thousand lots in the sale are composed of Polish items, while over half of the other lots offer a neat selection from many countries. I was especially intrigued by a run of Russian crowns and minors highlighted by a rare 1714/3 Peter I Ruble in very presentable XF40 condition. This coin is fairly well-struck for the type and has a favorable appearance, making it a good find for anyone serious enough to be advancing in this direction in their collecting. Graded accurately by NGC and featuring a conservative opening bid level of only $25,000…

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heritage long beach expo world & ancient coins realize $5,920,824

The Heritage Long Beach Expo that ended the first week of September had some interesting items. One of the choice highlights of this sale was a Republic of Cuba 1915 20 pesos gold proof. This example was graded PR-62 Cameo by NGC and it is a really lovely coin. Including the buyer’s premium, it realized $37,200. Back in 1999 when David Akers was auctioning John Jay Pittman’s collection, both a 1915 and 1916 proof of this type were offered. At that time the 1915 graded “very choice proof ” realized $11,500, and the 1916 graded “nearly choice proof ” brought $43,125. Back in the day, numeric grading standards were not fully in use with everyone. There are two things you need to know about these early 20 pesos. First, there are approximately…

2 мин.
doubly devastating loss to argentine numismatics

Recently, we learned of the passing of our friend Héctor Carlos Janson on Sept. 29, 2019. Janson was a tireless researcher of all areas of Argentine coinage and had published numerous catalogs on the subject, which have become the standard specialized works for this area of study and collecting. During his career Janson amassed the largest collection of Argentine coins ever assembled by a single collector. He used this body of material to research and write the most complete and detailed coin catalog for Argentine coins; La Moneda Circulante En El Territorio Argentino 1574-2019, this final edition of which was published just a few months prior to his death. I still remember my astonishment and delight upon seeing Janson’s 1998 edition of La Moneda Circulante En El Territorio Argentino 1767-1998. It…

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new book on the gold coins of sweden is first work on the subject in nearly 40 years

Not since the publication of The Coinage of Sweden, in 1977, and Coins of the Swedish Possessions in 1980, has there been any concerted effort to update the extensive and diverse gold coin issues of this widely collected area of numismatics. With the Fall 2019 publication of Sveriges Guldmynt, 1512-2020 - Värderingskatalog med inventering och statistik (Gold Coins From Sweden,1512-2020 - Catalog with valuations, statistics, and auction sales) by Roberto Delzanno, a Swedish professional numismatist since the 1980’s, that has all changed. The just-published, 450 page, large format (A4), hard-bound, full-color volume expands mightily on its predecessors. It is in three languages – Swedish, with German and English translations where appropriate and includes: All the gold coins of Sweden from 1512 to 2019 listed by date; the gold coins of the Swedish…

15 мин.
coins from chaos

I’m taking a bird’s-eye view of the timeline of Syrian history and I’m getting the distinct picture of, might as well call it anarchy, from the taking of Antioch by the Arab army in 637 CE to the coming of the Ottomans in the 15th century. I’m reading the synopsis in the Wikipedia article, and I see 14 regimes duking it out over those eight centuries. I haven’t done a deeper analysis, but it looks like no part of Syria was without war for more than maybe 30 years at a time. So what did the Arabs do after the death of the Prophet, Muhammad? The people closest to him sat around and talked about what to do. They had a hard time deciding, Muhammad had left no instructions, but they…