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France: New “Masterpieces” coin series pays tribute to the masterworks of French museums

August 11, 2017 in Art, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Monnaie de Paris, Museums, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander  world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new coin series which will focus primarily on some of the most memorable art treasures and masterpieces housed in many of France’s landmark museums and historical monuments. The three-year “Masterpieces of the Museums” series commemorates major artistic eras such as the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and Impressionism, and aims to honour two major masterpieces each year. In 2017, the series commences with a sculpture and a painting: The Venus de Milo (Vénus de Milo in French; from the Louvre Museum) and the Déjeuner sur l’herbe (from the Orsay Museum). Each design is minted… Full article at the source>

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Falkland Islands: Liberation is remembered with new silver crown coin

July 27, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, UK Coins, Uncirculated Coins, World Coins

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

The government and Treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (11th July) a new crown coin which remembers the 35th anniversary of the day the islands were officially and wholly liberated from invading forces of the Argentinian Army. The long-running dispute between Britain and Argentina over the ownership of the Falkland Islands was brought to a head on the 19th March 1982, when 50 Argentinians landed on South Georgia Island and hoisted their flag. Under the order of Leopoldo Galtieri, president of Argentina and head of the military junta in charge, the invasion of the Falkland Islands was declared on… Full article at the source>

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Israel: 50th anniversary of Jerusalem under one authority commemorated on new silver and gold coins

July 24, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Israel Coins, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Bank of Israel will issue (1st August) new gold and silver coins which mark the 50th year of the city of Jerusalem, which was brought under one single authority as a result of the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Throughout Jewish history, the holy city of Jerusalem has never been forgotten. The city is considered holy to each of the primary monotheistic religions, with Jerusalem remaining an eternal source of inspiration and focus of pilgrimage for people from all over the globe.

From 1947 (before the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948) until 1967, Jerusalem was a divided city. The… Full article at the source>

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Spain: “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” the focus of new silver coin

July 20, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre–Real Casa de la Moneda will issue, on the 24th July, a new silver coin with colour accenting that seeks to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism. The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This new initiative seeks to further the development among public- and private-sector decision-makers and the public at large, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

Spain in particular is a very desirable destination for literally millions of tourists who are attracted… Full article at the source>

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Italy: New €2 marks Bi-millenary of the death of famed historian

July 8, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, or IPZS, Italy’s state minting facility have issued (23rd June) a new €2 coin which marks the occasion of the bi-millenary of the death of one of the Roman world’s most important historians, Titus Livius (59 B.C.–17 A.D.) Livius is pre-eminently remembered for his work Ab Urbe Condita (The History of Rome from Its Foundation), the most important history of Rome and a comprehensive chronicle of the Roman people from its origins to the age of Augustus.

The coin is designed by Claudia Momoni and depicts a bust of the Roman historian Titus Livius, …Full article at the source>

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Hungary: Esteemed Hungarian composer featured on new silver coin

June 30, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Design, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The National Bank of Hungary have issued (24th June) a new coin which pays tribute to one of the country’s most respected and esteemed music composers, who is also remembered as a folk-dance researcher. László Lajtha was born 125 years this month in 1892. His contribution to Hungarian arts and music resulted in a resurgence of Hungarian folk dancing during the decade of the 1970’s.

The coin is produced by the Mint of Hungary at their facilities in Budapest on behalf of the National Bank. The obverse of the coin is designed by Andrea Horváth and depicts a couple folk dancing… Full article at the source>

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France: Endearing Disney character Scrooge McDuck features on latest “Youth Series” gold and silver coins

June 2, 2017 in Art, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Monnaie de Paris, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new series of coins which features one of Walt Disney Studios’ most engaging cartoon characters: Scrooge McDuck. The irrepressible duck with his affectation of a broad Scottish brogue has been part of the world of Disney now for 70 years.

Initially inspired by the Charles Dickens classic novel A Christmas Carol and its primary antagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, Carl Barks came up with the quintessentially stodgy but lovable Scrooge McDuck in 1947. At the time, Banks was an author of comic-book stories for Western Publishing, an American comic-edition company, and was also working for Walt… Full article at the source>

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Canada: Presentation of new silver coin marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe Raid

June 1, 2017 in Canadian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Royal Canadian Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Royal Canadian Mint has taken part in an official presentation (25th May) of their new silver collector coin marking the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, where brave Canadian troops suffered heavy losses in Canada’s first army combat mission of the Second World War. In remembrance of this unforgettable chapter in Canadian military history, the Royal Canadian Mint took part in the presentation of a framed version of this coin to the Moncton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, member of parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, joined Royal Canadian Mint board of directors… Full article at the source>

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Spain: Comprehensive history of the collar creatively illustrated on new kilo silver coin

May 29, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre (FNMT), in association with the Real Casa de la Moneda, is issuing (29th May) a new, 1-kilo silver Proof-quality coin that comprehensively and intricately details the chronological history of the silver dollar—perhaps one of the most well-known coins in modern history.

The coin’s impressive design includes images from the many coins preceding the American dollar coin and offers a great insight as to the development of many crown-sized silver coins that emerged in the new world, all with similar specifications and even similar designs of their own. The coin’s design also cleverly illustrates the Dollar… Full article at the source>

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Hungary: János Irinyi, inventor of the match, features on latest “Hungarian Inventors” coin

May 16, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Science, World Coins

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

The National Bank of Hungary will issue (18th May) a new coin in the very popular and ongoing collector series “Inventions and Technical Innovations of Hungarian Engineers and Inventors.” The series features the people and inventions that have made a significant technical or scientific contribution to popular culture and modern life. The latest coin highlights both the inventor János Irinyi (1817–1895) and the outstanding contribution he is credited as having invented and patented—the noiseless and non-explosive match. The coin also marks the 200th anniversary of the year of his birth.

The square-shaped coin is produced by the Mint of Hungary with… Full article at the source>

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Portugal: Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima shrine celebrated with new coin

May 12, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda or INCM have issued (5th May) a new coin commemorating the Fatima Santuary as part of the celebration of the centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The anniversary has not only significant socio-cultural relevance in Portugal but also international support throughout the Catholic world.

Consecrated to the Virgin Mary, the sanctuary is one of the most important Marian Shrines in the world. Some four million people visit Fatima each year, drawn by apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported by three shepherd children in 1917. According to the tradition, the Virgin revealed the… Full article at the source>

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Ukraine: 100th anniversary of first statehood celebrated with new coin

March 29, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Nickel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

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

The National Bank of Ukraine have issued (22nd March) a new coin in celebration of Ukraine’s first declaration of statehood, which occurred in the wake of the dissolution of the Russian Empire in 1917. Events surrounding the abdication of Czar Nicholas II on the 15th March 1917 resulted in the initial declaration of independence in the spring of 1917, but this declaration would be followed by a civil conflict and a short-lived duration of statehood.

The coin is produced by the Ukrainian… Full article at the source>

 

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Spain: Tercentenary of the Royal Company of Midshipmen celebrated with new silver coin

March 18, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre FNMT / Real Casa de la Moneda RCM have unveiled their latest silver collector coin, which marks the Tercentenary (300th anniversary) of the Real Compañía de Guardias Marinas (Royal Company of Midshipmen), founded in 1717. The academy was first established in the city of Cadiz by José Patiño y Rosales (1666–1736), Spain’s secretary of state during the reign of King Felipe V, from 1700 to 1746. Initially, the academy was intended to offer scientific/practical instruction to future naval officers, combining an eminently practical British style of training to midshipmen as well as the solidly… Full article at the source>

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Spain: World Cup 2018 features on latest gold and silver collector coins

March 3, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre / Real Casa de la Moneda have unveiled (27th February) two new coins that celebrate the sports world’s most prestigious tournaments on the football/soccer calendar: the World Cup. The 21st World Cup tournament was awarded to the host country of Russia in December 2010. The announcement was made from the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) headquarters in Zurich, winning out over nine other countries who had placed their bid to host.

The tournament will last for 32 days, with the opening ceremonies to commence on the 14th June 2018 and conclude on the 15th… Full article at the source>

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Happy Holidays to all of our dedicated readers of Coinupdate.com

December 24, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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It’s been quite a year of new coins from all over the world, with the introduction of great numismatic and coin-collecting programs and many popular series that have remembered anniversaries and events such as the ones which took place during the First World War.

This year alone, the 2016 Rio Olympics were admirably staged in Brazil. Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, to be celebrated in 2017, was launched this year with new coins and a design competition for circulation coins. Finland’s centennial of independence is about to become a national celebration in this Northern European country. An eight-year series featuring all Full article at the source>

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Venezuela: High-Value Inflationary Denominations Replace Previous Series of Banknotes

December 20, 2016 in Blogs, Currency, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, World Coins

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

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The Banco Central de Venezuela have begun to recall the current 2008 series of banknotes and replace them with six new, higher-value denominations in an effort to stabilize the economy and enable the public to conduct everyday purchases.

As inflation has essentially rendered worthless the denominations of the Fuerte (“strong”) Bolivar—originally introduced in 2008, also as a means of controlling Venezuela’s then-runaway inflation—the series, which featured vertical obverse designs and included denominations from 2 to 100 Fuerte Bolivares, was introduced at a ratio of 1,000 old Bolivares to one new Fuerte Bolivar. At the time of its introduction, the exchange rate… Full article at the source>

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Spain: “Treasures of Spanish Museums” Latest Series Launches with Spectacular Gold Coin and Silver Coin Set

November 30, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, Gold, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, Treasure, World Coins

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

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The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre / Real Casa de la Moneda have launched their latest set of coins in their very popular “Treasures of the Spanish Museums” series, which debuted in 2013. This is the fourth collection and this year includes four coins–three silver and one gold. The series focuses on some of Spain’s most beloved and well-known masterpieces, capturing them in precious metals, meticulously detailed and engraved. A total of 12 paintings, many of them displayed in Spain’s various national museums throughout the country, have been selected for feature in the series. For the 2016-dated collection, the Real… Full article at the source>

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Buyers Beware! Fake British Virgin Islands Collector Coins from Unauthorized Distributor

November 3, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PSA

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

(Thursday, October 27)–The government of the British Virgin Islands is advising the public, especially coin collectors, that “coins” purported to be issued in the name of the British Virgin Islands have been offered for sale to coin dealers and the general public. (Two examples are shown above.) The coins are being sold from a website originating in Russia, by a company calling themselves “Katz Coins & Notes” or “Coinsking” with offices in Novosibirsk. The designs feature the Sibir Hockey Club in Russia and animals from Novosibirsk Zoo. The seller also purport to have offices in Prague, Czech Republic. The coins… Full article at the source>

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COINEX 2016 London Sees Increased Visitors and Lives Up to Its Reputation as Premier Coin Event

October 7, 2016 in Auctions, British Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Education, English Coins, Entertainment, Events, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

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

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The 38th renewal of the British Numismatic Trade Association’s premier international show, COINEX—a much-anticipated annual numismatic event—took place this last weekend, and it easily lived up to its reputation as one of the more important international numismatic events for both British and foreign dealers. To many, the show was a resounding success, with greater attendance figures and an increased list of dealer-participants as compared to past years. Held on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1, this year’s COINEX was sponsored by St. James’s Auctions, a subsidiary of Knightsbridge Coins, and hosted at one of London’s more popular and exclusive… Full article at the source>

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United Kingdom Features Natural Landmarks on New Silver Crown Coin Set

August 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Royal British Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

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

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The Royal Mint has issued (August 19) a new four-coin silver crown set entitled, “Portraits of Britain,” which features some of the most admired and distinct natural landmarks in the United Kingdom. The locations are either National Parks or regions that are set aside for preservation due to their natural beauty and unspoiled environment. Included in this series are:

The Giant’s Causeway. Located in Antrim, Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is renowned for its more than 40,000 polygonal columns of layered basalt, which resulted from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. This is… Full article at the source>

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New Zealand Features Honey Bee on World’s First Silver Hexagonal Coin with Resin Inclusion

August 3, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, New Releases, New Zealand Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has unveiled (August 1) a new coin paying homage to the humble honey bee, or Apis mellifera. The honey bee is an integral part of our lives, providing honey while pollinating flowers and plants that provide the human race with needed sustenance. The life and hierarchy of the honey bee is complicated, with an organized society of three adult castes comprising of the queen, workers, and drones, each with a specific purpose and function.

Queens, who are responsible for producing and laying eggs, live for an average of two-to-three years and sometimes longer. Just one… Full article at the source>

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Italy’s Historical Villas and Gardens Series Continues with Villa Cicogna Mozzoni

July 31, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Euro Coins, History, Investing, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato, or IPZS, has issued (July 8) the latest coin in its popular series entitled, “Historical Villas and Gardens,” which focuses on some of Italy’s well-known, historical, and stately homes and their environs. The 2016-dated coin features the exquisite Villa Cicogna Mozzoni.

The Villa Cicogna Mozzoni is located in Bisuschio, near Varese in the region of Lombardy. The Villa is admired for its historical and architectural artistry and is considered one of the greatest representations of Renaissance architecture and landscape. The Villa is the present-day home to the descendants of the Mozzoni family, who established themselves… Full article at the source>

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300th Anniversary of Spanish Postal Service “Correos” featured on New Silver Coin

July 15, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

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On July 18, the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Casa Real de la Moneda will issue a new collector coin celebrating the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Spain’s postal service.

Granted by Royal Warrant of King Philip V on July 13, 1716, the system was implemented to deliver the King’s orders and diplomatic dispatches, which included his personal correspondences as well as government payments and monies. The warrant granted by the King was seen as a national service and a successor to privately organized services run by noble or titled personalities in Spain.

The re-organization of the national service… Full article at the source>

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Spain Highlights 500th Anniversary of the Death of King Ferdinand of Aragon on Gold and Silver Coins

June 22, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

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 The Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Real Casa de la Moneda has issued new gold and silver coins to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of one of Spain’s more well-known monarchs. King Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452-1516) is well remembered for the role he and his wife Queen Isabella played in financing a voyage that would forever change the known world.

The King, also known as Ferdinand the Catholic, first became King of Sicily as Ferdinand III. As a consequence of his marriage to Queen Isabella I of Castile in 1474, he was… Full article at the source>

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Another Threat to the Future of “Paper Money”?

June 18, 2016 in Bank Notes, Collecting, Currency, Design, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

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The U.K.’s Churchill £5 polymer bank note. Photo by Michael Alexander.

 

Paper money today is changing—and it’s changing fast. Close to home, recent developments have included the announcement of redesigns for the U.S. Federal Reserve Notes of the $5, $10, and $20 denominations to include women on our money for the first time in more than 100 years. Further abroad, some countries are attempting to do away with cash entirely, such as Sweden and parts of Europe that are accepting 100% digitalization and mobile banking.

Now the Bank of England is adding to the paper-free advancements by announcing Full article at the source>

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