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19 Mar 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Below I have a great 2010 Mexican commemorative silver coin. It is eighth in the series that roughly translates as "the money history of Latin America." This coin is dated 2010 but was not released until 2011. Minted in the famous mint at Mexico City, it is released by the Banco de Mexico. The obverse has the Mexican Coat of Arms completely encircled by the coat of arms of Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Portugal.The reverse depicts both the obverse and reverse of the famous 1910 Caballito coin superimposed over an antique map of the world know as the "Carta Marina Nuova Tavala". This map is famous partly for being one of the earliest maps showing California's peninsula. The web of lines are the famous sea ports of Mexico and Latin America.

16 Mar 2017

Coins of Ireland

Coins-World | CoinLady

When I began collecting coins of the world, some of the first coins I acquired were coins of Ireland. Housed in a green plastic holder, the eight-piece set featured farm animals. It was a very attractive set, and appealed to topical collectors, fans of pre-decimal coinage, and anyone who appreciated simply designed, nice coins.

10 Mar 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

A while back I saw a coin on a not so well known auction site that is on line. I've been looking at their lots from past auctions and was quite impressed with the quality and price range of them. This company, sort of, specializes in ancient and world coins. I don't know a lot about world coins but I have always admired the Soverign. I find it a beautifully artistic design. As a reptile lover, I am quite fond of the dragon on the reverse, even though he is having a bad day. This particular Soveriegn was minted in 1927 in Pretoria, South Africa. The site described the coin as uncirculated. It looked good, even though it has some light scratches? in the fields. I did my due research and put down a bid. I felt it would grade out as a low MS. not bad.

04 Mar 2017

Gold on a Budget: 1945 Mexico 2 1/2 Pesos

Coins-World | CoinCollector2012

As a YN with limited income, adding gold coins to my collection can be very hard. Currently, I only have 2 in my collection, a 1/10oz gold eagle and this coin. A 2 1/2 Pesos from Mexico. If one is willing to branch out beyond US coins, they will find many gold pieces that are both attractive in design, and budget friendly. This particular coin measures 15.5 mm in diameter, and contains .06 oz of gold, .900 fine. It was minted between 1918 and 1948, with most of them bearing the date, 1945. Almost all of the coins dated 1945 are official restrikes, made by the Mexican mint in the 1950s through the 1970s.

10 Feb 2017

Foreign coin Chinese?

Coins-World | Jim

Here is a foreign coin I found this year. Any idea what it could be or the date? It seams to be copper with the green patina on it.

29 Jan 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Here I have, for your enjoyment, a unique specimen of a 2 ounce silver coin. Specifically, it is a 2 dollars New Zealand, face value, of a Niue coin minted by the Mint of Poland in 2015. It is 99.999% silver. The finish is an antique type with real lava from the area and selective copper plating. It is 50.00 millimeters in diameter and has a very limited mintage of just 688 pieces. A lot of variables for one coin! I was lucky enough to receive this coin as a gift. My wife felt, as an Italian, I should own this piece of world history from my ancestral home! The coin comes in a beautiful wooden presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. The obverse side is convex struck in High-Relief is a depiction of the volcano itself. The reverse side is concave and includes a half sphere of lava material from the region. It is embedded in the center. I hope you enjoy this coin as much as I do. Thanks for looking and your comments!

28 Jan 2017

A Coin with an Imagination...

Coins-World | Kepi

While pawing through the big basket of foreign coins on my coin dealers counter, my eyes zoomed in on this one...In my mind's eye I saw a backside view of a triple Jessica Rabbit character from the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". It's actually Three Giant Elands from Africa... What do your eyes see?

21 Jan 2017


Coins-World | Longstrider

Below is my example of the new 2017 25-Cent Pure Gold Coin- Predator vs. Prey: Inuit Arctic Fox. One of the coins in the Canadian series Predator vs. Prey. This coin is very small at 11 millimeters, the smallest coin made by the Royal Canadian Mint, making it very hard for me to photograph with my equipment. As such I have added three pictures from the Canadian Mint web site. The coin is in proof finish with serrated edge. Is has a total weight of 0.5 grams of 99.99% gold. The mintage is 6500. The reverse is designed by Inuit artist Andrew Qappik in the Inuit art style. The obverse is done by Susanna Blunt featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The design of the coin has a number of natural prey animals in and about the body of the arctic fox. As a numismatic eye test, how many can youidentify? Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my blog.

18 Jan 2017

Wonderful coin gifts

Coins-World | CoinLady

As one gets older, one reminisces. Reading so many posts about unusual coins, I've been thinking ofsome wonderful gifts of coin I received when I was young. When I graduated from grammar school, my uncle had mentioned he saved "a bunch of coins" from his service in World War II. He was in the South Pacific. Was I surprised when he handed me a small box with the coins! Among the goodies in the box were coins of: Fiji in 2 different metals, Australia in silver, Japan, Philippines, and a silver 5 Mark from Germany. I don't know how a German coin got there, but it was, in nice condition.


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