29 posts tagged coin collecting

Collecting Japanese Silver Yen: The Dragon Yen 1870-1914

The Japanese government began minting silver Yen coins shortly after the Meiji Restoration. The silver Dragon Yen was minted between 1870 & 1914 and is fascinating both for the beauty of its design and its historical value. It is a coin well worth collecting 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

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

Gold Oliver Cromwell Half Crown

A look at the very rare gold Oliver Cromwell Half Crown with bust c1658 Struck in gold with bust and practically as struck this Oliver Cromwell Half-Crown is one of the great numismatic rarities. The Reverse with crowned shield of arms (S.3227A; ESC.447A; W&R.46) ex-Bridgewater House Collection, 15 June 1972. Prior to the sale of the Bridgewater House collection only one Oliver Cromwell half crown was known, which was held in a private coin collection. Two further examples appeared ... Continue Reading

Goldkronach Mining Ducat c1855

A coin collecting review of the Goldkronach Mining Ducat c1855 minted in the reign of Maximilian II (AD 1848-1864) The Goldkronach mining ducat 1855, Munich (Carl Friedrich Voigt) is based on the exploitation of the mines in Upper Franconia. Obverse - Maximilian II - Koenig V. Bayern. Head right with engravers signature (C. V.) below truncation. Reverse - Crowned Bavarian coat of arms supported by two lions looking backwards. Legend - EIN DUCATEN AUS DEM BERGBAU BEI GOLD KRONACH Reeded ... Continue Reading

George III Silver Crown

Coin Collecting Reviews - The George III Silver Crown with the Three Graces by William Wyon c1817. A very rare George III Silver Crown c1817, depicting the Three Graces as designed by William Wyon and part of The Strickland Neville Rolfe Collection. Obverse ... George III laureate head right with date below. W.WYON. below truncation, GEORGIUS III D:G: BRITANNIARUM REX F:D:, beaded border and linear circle both sides. Reverse ... Struck en medaille with the Three Graces, personifying England, ... Continue Reading

George III Five Guinea Gold Coin

Coin Collecting Reviews - A Rare collectible George III five guinea gold coin dating c1770, by John Tanner. Obverse ... Young laureate, long-haired bust with love-lock of hair on left shoulder. Reverse ... Crowned shield with arms, date either side of crown. (S.3723; L&S.1; Montagu 510 attributed to Yeo; Murdoch 118/119; Nobleman W&R.76), About FDC. Ex. Glendining 12 October 1992, where it realised £49,500. Interestingly, there was also a Vigo 5 guineas in the same sale that ... Continue Reading

Edward VI Gold Sovereign

Coin Collecting Reviews - An Edward VI Gold Sovereign, Third period mm. Ostrich head, c1551. Obverse with Crowned figure of king Edward enthroned facing, holding orb and sceptre, portcullis at feet. Reverse with shield of arms at centre of full-blown rose (S.2446; N.1926; Schneider 701) 15.03gms. This handsome and exceedingly rare Edward VI Gold Sovereign coin was purchased by Jonathan Rashleigh at the famous E. J. Shepherd sale in 1885. It is a full and well struck Edward VI Gold Soverei... Continue Reading

Australian 15 Pence Dump Coin

Coin Collecting Reviews - An Australian 15 Pence or dump coin c1813. A circular silver coin, 19mm in diameter with milled edge. Bearing on the obverse a crown with the words, NEW SOUTH WALES and date below, 1813. The reverse with the denomination FIFTEEN PENCE in two lines seperated by the engraver's initial H. 5.5g with crown New South Wales 1813 Appears to be Mira type A/1 Date clear and legend partly clear. Cuts under A and on the left of the crown on obverse. Worn ... Continue Reading