Spain marks end of escudo with gold commemorative series
31 October 2018
It is 150 years since Spain abandoned the escudo as part of a total makeover of the nation’s currency. To mark the anniversary of the last escudo, Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Real Casa de la Moneda [Royal Mint of Spain] – has produced a series of replica escudos stuck as .999 fine gold euros that trace the history of this historic gold coin.
End of 1 Yen coin nears
30 October 2018
Could Japan’s 1-yen coin or ¥1 be ready to join what appears to be a continuing pattern of low-denomination coins being dropped from circulation worldwide? It certainly appears so. The Japanese government has set a goal of increasing all cashless financial transactions to 40 percent by 2025 in an effort to reduce transportation and storage costs linked to using physical cash.
Australia releases new $50 note
30 October 2018
The new Australian $50 note has been released into circulation. Details of the new note were announced back in February. As with Australia’s existing $50 (P-54, -60), the new note features portraits of Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon and the first female member of any Australian parliament, Edith Cowan. The polymer bank note also includes new security features similar to those on the $5 and $10 bank notes issued over the past two years.
Engraving error on gold certificate was not corrected
29 October 2018
Every Series of US 1882 $1,000 gold certificate proof, including the countersigned Fr.1218a variety, used a misspelled “Thousand” in the central banner; specifically, “One Thonsand Dollars.”
East Africa notes set records in Spinks sale
24 October 2018
The opening volley of London’s post-Maastricht paper money auctions was fired by Spink on Oct. 3 with sale of the superb Alan Pickering collection of East Africa. All told, the collection consisted of 1,182 lots, of which 1,161 sold on the day for a total of $491,112 [£374,400]. Unsold lots were quickly snapped up in post-sale deals.
Celtic gold coin error
16 October 2018
A metal detectorist in Britain has unearthed a 2,000-year-old coin error. It occurs on a rare Iron Age gold stater of King Tasciovanos (“Badger-Killer”) who ruled the Catuvellauni of Hertfordshire around 25 B.C.E. to 10 C.E. The usual legend of his coins reads TASCI RICON (or RIGON) that translates as “TASCIOVANOS HIGH-KING.” The error reads RICOIN.
Apollo 11 commemorative coin revealed
12 October 2018
Neil Armstrong’s first footprint on the moon is the major design device on the obverse of the Apollo 11 commemorative coin, while the reverse shows Buzz Aldrin’s helmet visor with the reflection of Armstrong, the flag, and the lunar lander on it. All four coins will be curved. The designs for 2019 were officially unveiled at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Tesla honoured by new Serbian coin series
18 September 2018
Nikola Tesla, electrical engineer, physicist and inventor extraordinaire, is to be honoured on a series of one-ounce .999 fine silver 100 dinara to be released by the National Bank of Serbia.
New reference: Paper Money of Scotland
18 September 2018
The just-released double volume history and catalogue of Scottish bank notes by co-authors Jonathan Callaway and Dave Murphy represents the pinnacle of modern numismatic research and should be acknowledged as the new standard for scholarship in this field. 'Paper Money of Scotland'; two volumes, hardcover, large octavo, 1,140 pages (both books), illustrations in colour. Available from the publisher, Pam West, P.O. Box 257, Sutton Surrey, SM3 9WW, England; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is 50 pounds plus shipping.
Skull coins mark Day of the Dead
17 September 2018
Skull coins struck by Lichtenstein’s Coin Invest Trust for the Republic of Palau have proved highly popular. Two new issues were announced at The American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in August in Philadelphia. Both commemorate October’s El Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead.
Palau issues alligator bite coin
11 September 2018
Palau has recently released a 38.61mm, 1 oz .999 fine silver $5 proof showing the imprint of an Alligator’s bite on the obverse. All the animal’s teeth seem to have penetrated the coin so as to protrude from the coin’s surface with the coin deformed along the length of the bite. The reverse of the coin presents the reptile almost fully immersed in water with just the high parts of the animal’s back and upper head visible.
Inscribed bank notes evoke history
24 April 2018
This month, continuing in my series on inscribed currency in my collection, I am including a group of evocative notes.
Silver pennies sell for high prices
24 April 2018
Over the past 30 years, British Collector Allan Williams amassed a collection of nearly 900 high-quality Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Norman silver pennies and halfpennies. That collection has now returned to the market.
Domed coin features Planet Earth
23 April 2018
In recent years, The Royal Australian Mint has produced a number of stunning domed silver $5 coins.