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World Coin News March 2020

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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.
south african mint joins forces to keep rhino safe

ON. FEB. 3, The South African Mint, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) announced the launch of the third coin in the Big 5 series featuring the indomitable rhino. The “Big Five” term originated when big game hunters visited the shores of Africa to shoot for trophies, and locals warned them about the five most dangerous animals in Africa: the elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo. In 2019, the South African Mint introduced the Big 5 coin series which is a multi-year coin program of coins that feature the likeness of these majestic creatures. Issued biannually, the coin range consists of a Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) quality coin struck from 999.9 fine silver and a proof quality version of the same, the latter only available in a double capsule…

2 мин.
what does ‘fleur de coin’ mean?

What is the earliest coin with a numerical date on it? 1500s or 1400s? The earliest coin on which a Christian date is expressed using Roman numerals is the MCCXXXIIII (1234) Danish coin issued by the bishop of Roskilde. Wurttemburg issued a coin dated 1494 using Arabic dating. The numeral “4,” which appears twice on this coin, is expressed as a half “8.” At that time a four was drawn as an eight, but with an incomplete lower circle. Can you tell me where the mintmark is located on Straits Settlements dollar coin of 1903 and 1904, cataloged as KM-25? The B Bombay mint mark appears in the cross on the crown on the obverse of the 1903 and 1904 Straits Settlement dollar coins. The H Heaton mint mark appears in the truncation…

11 мин.
the coinage of elizabeth, 1741-1761

ALTHOUGH LITTLE REMEMBERED today, except by historians and numismatists, Empress Elizabeth of Russia in her time was a force to be reckoned with in European politics. Not only did she keep Russia itself under tight control, but her armies were involved in foreign wars on more than one occasion. Born in December 1709, Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter I (the great) and his consort Catherine. At the age of 16 in 1726, there had been a planned betrothal to King Louis XV of France but this was abruptly cancelled by the French government in favor of a Polish princess. Peter I died in January 1725 and was succeeded by his widow, the Empress Catherine I, who survived only a little over two years; the next ruler was Peter II, the grandson…

14 мин.
the europeans take over

ANYONE RIDING A horse automatically feels “superior” to people who are not riding horses. They feel that way because they are looking down on the pedestrians, knowing that the pedestrians will always get out of their way. On a horse, one “naturally” gets to thinking about rulers and the ruled. If a mounted person on a horse gives an order to an unmounted person, the unmounted person has reduced options when deciding how to respond to that order. There have been places and times when ownership of horses was forbidden to disfavored groups of people. Horses were (and still are) expensive, and you have to have a certain level of financial comfort to be able to maintain them. If you were a farmer, you likely didn’t keep horses, you had donkeys maybe or…

5 мин.
reijo paavilainen awarded coty lifetime achievement award

THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT of the Coin of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award is Finnish sculptor, coin and medal designer Reijo Paavilainen. He actually began his artistic career as a painter, however, Paavilainen quickly moved to a more three-dimensional expression with various aspects of sculpture, one of which is the design of commemorative coins. Mr. Paavilainen is perhaps the only designer to win an over-all COTY award for his first coin design, the bold 1985 50 markkaa commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Kalevala, known as the Finnish national epic. One of the most iconic coin designs in modern history, the Kalevala silver 50-markkaa set the standard for use of medallic traditions and style in the design of modern commemorative coinage. Perhaps it was a matter of numismatic tastes finally accepting…

2 мин.
cook’s first memorial

THE CATALOGUE OF International Auction Galleries’ March sale is a must for all collectors of Captain Cook ephemera. A small collection of top-grade historic Cook medals is on offer. They include a number of rarities. Among them is an unusual example of a posthumous ‘Courage & Perseverance’ medal, and that on offer appears to be the only known example struck in gilt copper. The 37 mm medal is understood to have been minted following news of Cook’s death arriving in Britain. A report of this tragic event was first published in Büsching’s Wöchentlichte Nachrichten in 1780 following receipt of dispatches sent back by Captain Charles Clerke and Lt. James King from Kamchatka. Clerke commanded HMS Discovery and took control of the entire expedition following Cook’s death. News of his death soon passed from…