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Collecting Silver Coins of the British Commonwealth

The British Commonwealth is one of the largest international organizations in the world, containing over fifty member states and a population of over two billion. Its member nations have produced some of the most interesting, varied, and beautiful silver coins in the world. Here we look at the silver coinage histories of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India, and a few bargains that silver investors and coin collectors should watch out for when searching for collectible silver coins from these countries. Continue Reading

Collectible British Indian Silver Coins

The long history of British rule in India is one of the best-known examples of struggle against global imperialism. The Indian fight in the early 20th century against the power of Great Britain led to independence in 1947 and the subsequent split of the country into Hindu-controlled India and Muslim-controlled Pakistan. For many historians, this development also marks the end of the British Empire, which had been weakening as a global power since World War I. British forces arrived in India ... Continue Reading

Collectible South African Silver Coins

The history of South Africa has been a turbulent and often a bloody one, creating a complicated coinage. British forces arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1795 and after several spats with the Netherlands, the Cape Colony was formally recognized as a British possession by the 1815 Congress of Vienna. A series of wars with the earlier Dutch Boer settlers and the native peoples, most notably the Zulu, followed. By 1910, Great Britain had absorbed the northern Boer-ruled Transvaal Republic and ... Continue Reading

Collectible New Zealand Silver Coins

The far-flung island nation of New Zealand first became officially politically united in 1835, when a confederation of Maori tribes declared its independence as a sovereign state. Five years later however, this independence was rescinded, and Great Britain began to colonize the islands. Much like Australia, New Zealand became a nation of self-governing transplanted European settlers, gaining the status of a Dominion in 1907 and of a formally independent state in 1947. When compared with the ... Continue Reading

Collectible Australian Silver Coins

Like Canada, Australia freed herself from direct British rule over a century ago in a civil separation from her mother country. Again like Canada, Australia also became a part of the British Commonwealth. But, unlike Canada, Australia kept the pound sterling as her currency until 1966, after which she converted to the Australian dollar that she uses today. Silver Collectors interested in buying Australian silver coins may already know about the Kookaburra series of .999 fine silver one troy ... Continue Reading

Collectible Canadian Silver Coins

Since before its formal independence from direct British rule in 1867 to the present day, Canada has used the Canadian dollar as her currency. Canadian currency will be very familiar to American coin collectors: the Canadian dollar is divided into 100 cents in coin denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, together with 1 and 2 dollar issues popularly called loonies and toonies. Canadian nickels, dimes, and quarters are so similar in shape and size to their American counterparts, in fact, that ... Continue Reading

Storing Banknotes

A little practical advice on properly storing your Banknote collection ... If you're new to banknote collecting, then at some point storing banknotes will be your number one focus and you will have to work out the best way to protect and store your banknote collection. Whatever way you choose will depend on your circumstances and personal preference. This guide simply explores the pros and cons of the various ways of storing banknotes. All methods will protect your banknotes from damage as ... Continue Reading

Collecting Spanish Emporion Coins

A look at the Spanish Emporion Coin 450-425 BC. The Spanish Emporion coins are found with a great variation in weight, ranging from 0.65 to 0.05 grams. The majority fall below 0.30 grams, with only a handful at heavier weights. There are too few known, however, to clearly establish whether there were different denominations, or whether there was a long reduction in weight of one denomination. None of the references distinguish coins of differing weights, but merely identify these by type. ... Continue Reading

Roman Empire Sestertius

A look at a very collectable NERO (AD 54-68) Sestertius, AD 65-67 from the Lyon mint Obverse - Portrait head, laureate, on globe right, dotted border. Legend - NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P. Reverse - S-C. Triumphal arch of Nero (Arcus Neronis), front and left hand sides are shown. The single archway springs from two Ionic columns with more columns adorning each corner. A quadriga, driven by Nero, between Victoria and Pax and flanked by two soldiers, surmounts the arch; on ... Continue Reading

Pisanello Innocence and Unicorn

A look at the Italian renaissance medal called 'Innocence and Unicorn in Moonlit Landscape'. An Italiian Renaissance Medal by Antonio de Pucci, usually called Pisanello (c1394-1455) and depicting Cecilia Gonzaga (1426-1451). Obverse ... half length bust of the sitter facing left, her hair tightly bound with a ribbon. Wearing an embroidered gown and pleated skirt. Inscribed: CICILIA VIRGO FILIA IOHANNIS FRANCISCI PRIMI MARCHIONIS MANTVE Reverse ... A rocky landscape below a crescent moon with ... Continue Reading