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“Decay” inaugurates new high-relief silver series, “Gargoyles & Grotesques”

June 2, 2017 in African Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: World Mint News Blog world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

Proof finish. (Background photo of Washington National Cathedral by Carol M. Highsmith)

Ibex Coins, on behalf of the Republic of Chad, has released the first of an intriguing new series of high-relief silver coins called “Gargoyles and Grotesques.” The subjects, as the name suggests, are those strange and fantastical creatures that have decorated buildings since ancient times, peering from the peaks of gothic windows, crouching on rooftops, and scaring away evil spirits. A specific type of grotesque, the gargoyle, has an architectural purpose: it serves as a downspout, directing rainwater away from the sides of a building. The new series takes… Full article at the source>

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Artist “Strikes” Buffalo Nickel in Oreo

February 5, 2016 in Art, Design, Entertainment, Fun, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Artist Javier Fiore made good use of a snack and a safety pin last week when he carved an impressively detailed likeness of a Buffalo nickel’s obverse into the cream filling of an Oreo cookie.

Coin World points out that Fiore posted an image of his work to the Facebook page of the Original Hobo Nickel Society, where it joined a wide variety of creative coin designs rendered by an array of artists and enthusiasts. When a commenter recommended that Fiore sell the item on eBay, the artist responded, “Hah. I think that rots in… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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