47 posts tagged Coins

Spotting Antique Fakes and Forgeries

The Golden Rule when buying antiques, is always to ask the seller and to make sure they answer positively one way or the other. If the answer is maybe, could be or it might be an original, then think twice before you buy. Antique fakes are better now than ever and the antique collector really does need to be wary. Continue Reading

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 Five years later however, this independence was rescinded, and Great Britain began to colonize the islands.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

Why Collecting Mexican Gold Pesos is a Great Investment

A Guide to Investing in very collectable Mexican Gold Pesos. Coin Collectors and investors that are looking for something a little different should consider Mexican Gold Pesos. A large selection of denominations especially small denominations makes the gold peso easy to acquire. Continue Reading

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

Collecting Antique Silver

It's cheaper than Gold but Collecting Antique Silver can be an expensive pastime. If you choose collecting antique silver as your main antique interest, you should make sure you know the general history and the historical periods associated with collectable silver. Silver is a precious metal. It's lighter and slightly less malleable than gold, but unlike gold, silver is prone to tarnishing as it reacts with pollutants in the air. Silver products are usually made from an alloy of pure ... Continue Reading