• 17
    Jul

First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London

LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar, is expected to draw in the numismatist on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction. This coin, minted in the Hijri/Muslim Calendar year of 77 (696 A.D.), is the most sought-after Islamic coin; its […]

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  • 30
    Sep

Climax of David Fore Collection Sale Bolsters Worldwide Coin Collections

A room full of enthusiastic bidders found fierce competition from buyers on the Internet and on the phone as they fought to take home part of the celebrated David Fore Collection of Indian Coins. This concluding auction was well received and in a buoyant market lots achieved some fabulous and worthy prices. The sale, facilitated […]

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  • 23
    Aug

ANA World’s Fair of Money Auctions Set Chicago Area on Fire; $75 Million in Sales

CHICAGO – Strength and power describe the ongoing prowess of the rare coin market. The just concluded American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money convention in Rosemont, Ill., featured two stand out auctions by Heritage Auctions and Stacks Bowers, the ANA’s host auctioneer. Combined, the two auction houses delivered more than 16,000 lots of coins […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Experts estimate it will bring $30,000 to $50,000. When I first read an […]

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  • 16
    Jun

Triumph of the Human Spirit: Commemorative Coins Honor Mettle of the World’s People

By Gerald Tebben Some coins are tributes—metallic and medallic—to the triumph of the human spirit. Born of adversity, they rise above their mundane mercantile brethren to remind us in these uncertain and troubled times that good will win out. In 1959, the young state of Israel issued a remarkable coin of joyful simplicity, a 5-lirot […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Size Matters: Three of the World’s Biggest Coins

By Gerald Tebben Every now and then money takes on immense proportions. It happened on the South Pacific Island of Yap, in several German states and in Sweden. The immense “coins” are scarce, valuable and prized by collectors. Yap Stone Money: The origin of Yap’s stone money is lost to history. The money—discs of stone […]

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  • 15
    May

Collecting the Royals: Kings, Queens and Pretenders to the Throne

There seems to be a lot of abdicating going around. First, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down as Supreme Pontiff (a kind of monarchy), the first reigning Pope to do so in 600 years. Then Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who was on the throne for only 33 years, abdicated in favor of her eldest son, […]

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  • 23
    Apr

Pontefract Coins: Born in the Blood of Battle

By Gerald Tebben The reign of England’s Charles I ended as with the strong swing of a sharp axe on Jan. 30, 1649. The execution marked the beginning of the interregnum when Parliament ruled “without any king.” Parliament, victorious in a series of conflicts known as the English Civil War, had ordered the king executed […]

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  • 14
    Apr

Furor Over a Florin: Great Britain’s ‘Godless’ Coin

By Gerald Tebben As cholera swept England in 1849, attention fell on the country’s new coin. A godless coin. A coin that failed to give God his due. Deaths mounted as the coin spread in circulation, giving pause to the cautious and a reason for the pestilence to those who sought mortal causes for God’s […]

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  • 11
    Apr

The Best Investment: What’s In Your Wallet?

As an appraiser, I often have to answer questions regarding antiques and collectibles as an investment, often being the bearer of bad news to clients who have invested in limited-edition collectibles, questionable Salvador Dali prints and, more recently, Victorian furniture. Few things always retain their value or appreciate in value forever, but some thing fare […]

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