Gary’s May coin of the month features a 2008 Latvian 20-Lats gold coin commemorating the 15th anniversary of the renewal of the Lats currency following Latvian independence from the old Soviet Union. Though this coin commemorates Latvian Independence, it also celebrates motherhood by utilizing a 1922 design conceived by sculptor Teodors Zalkalns, but never used. [...]
Archive for the ‘World Coins’ Category
One of the things that intrigues us, our attention and we like of numismatics is undoubtedly marks and the initials of the assayers. Here, we will try to briefly explain methods from the Middle Ages to Isabel II the steps taken regarding the testers and test method. The currency reform in Castile operated by new [...]
April’s Coin of the Month (Volume 2 Number 8) is an NGC MS-63 1896/5 Guatemala Peso (KM #210) In my research of allegorical coins from around the world, I found that oftentimes the allegories contained thereon are born of an oppressive past. Consequently, the re-occurring images on many of those coins are personifications of Liberty [...]
The long and twisted story About 9 or 10 months ago (sometime in the spring of 2012), a pair of coins came up for auction from one of my favorite eBay sellers. I don’t use the term “favorite” lightly — indeed, over the past 2 years I have purchased 16 coins from this seller for [...]
This month’s featured coin (Volume 2 Number 7) is a silver proof-like 1970 Netherlands 10 Gulden coin commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Netherlands liberation from Nazi Germany in 1945.
Today I present something funny, really funny, I think. A friend of mine sent me some pictures that were in the Police Museum of Edinburgh- The Police Centre of Edinburgh (Scotland). At first glance a showcase with punches English coins from the early twentieth century and some of the results of such coin dies (click [...]
My Coin of the Month for February (Volume 2 Number 6) is an NGC graded MS-64, 1930-B 20 Francs gold coin from Switzerland (KM #35.1). Due to an array of interesting events occurring in Switzerlands history, I have found it especially difficult to write this months edition of the Coin of the Month. Therefore, I [...]