A pattern gold Crown struck for Queen Victoria, graded Proof 64 Ultra Cameo, which sold for $235,000 at Heritage Auctions' Jan. 6-7 Ancient & World Coin Signature® Auction, held in conjunction with the New York International Coin Show (NYINC) at the Waldorf-Astoria. This ultra-rare, undated piece was struck in 1887 in Nuremberg, Germany. The obverse was patterned after the famous William Wyon young head portrait of Victoria, while the reverse devices include the Order of the Garter crest supported by a crowned lion and a unicorn in chains. The designer of this piece is unverified, as the artist did not sign the dies.Read More.
The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to celebrate the centennial of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 with a commemorative coins; $100 Canadian Arctic Expedition Gold Coin. The coin has been released by Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.
The coin reverse was designed by Canadian artist Bonnie Ross and depicts several key images representative of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, including a survey team atop an ice floe taking research measurements and, in the background, a stylized globe of the Canadian Arctic. Read More.
Government Auction's January 27, 2013 auction will feature a large collection of collectible and luxury goods including, Rolex watches, Louis Vuitton hand bags, rare gold coins and high end jewelry in this week's auction event on the online auction site LiveAuctioneers.com. Bidding in this one day event will start at only $2 on most lots.
Offered for auction in the watch category is a Rolex Ladies White Gold/Diamond Watch. This Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch is crafted in lavish 18k white gold with diamonds. The stunning timepiece is composed of silver sunray finish dial with diamond hour posts and surrounded by 46 brilliant cut diamonds. The box and all original papers are included.Read More.
Investors rush to buy Kate Middleton's gold engagement coin to counter the euro volatility. The value of the gold coin that commemorated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's engagement has risen in value by 70pc. Alan Demby, of the Scoin Shop, which has stores in Westfield Shepherd's Bush, Westfield Stratford, and Bluewater, said that sales in its shops had increased by 45pc in the last two months, with European customers leading the sales enquiries. The shops sells collectable bullion coins, with recent releases celebrating the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee and Nelson Mandela.Mr Demby said that the company's fastest-selling coin to date features the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, commemorating their engagement. Those who bought it at the retail price of £1,750 at the time of the engagement made a good investment. The current selling price of the coin is £3,000.Read More.
National Bank of Hungary has launched a new ‘Gold Florin of Charles I’ with a face value of HUF 10,000 in normal and piedfort versions. The normal size coins are struck in .986 fine gold, weight at 3.491 grams, their diameter is 20 mm and they have a smooth edge. The piedfort coins with an edge inscription ‘KAROLUS · REX · FLORENUS · 1325’, weigh 13.964 grams. Both of the coins was designed by Tamás E Soltra and struck at Mint of Hungary in Budapest. The mintage limit for the normal size collector coin is 5,000 and that of the piedfort coin is 1,500.Read More.
The Diamond Jubilee Gold-Plated Photographic Coin is limited to 60,000 pieces. This crown-sized 24 carat gold-plated coin has been approved by Buckingham Palace. Unusually, modern minting techniques have allowed Terry O’Neill’s famous photograph of the Queen to be shown on the coin in full colour and the edge to be milled with a unique diamond shape especially for the jubilee. What makes this coin remarkable is the almost certain expectation that all 60,000 pieces are expected to sell out. Collectors snapped up two earlier similar coins in just weeks. This Diamond Jubilee coin is currently exclusively available for an introductory price of just £9.99 from The Westminster Collection. The United Kingdom £5 Gold-Plated Silver Crown is only the second ever United Kingdom Crown to be gold-plated. This Diamond Jubilee £5 coin features an unprecedented “double-headed” design, showing the Queen in accession year on one side with a contemporary engraving of Her Majesty in her Garter robes on the other.Read More.
With over 5,000 items in her collection and a lifelong passion for the royal family, Anita beat off over 60 other competition entrants hoping to be crowned the Ultimate Royalist to win the exclusive opportunity to strike her own Gold Proof Diamond Jubilee coin worth £2,400. The prize also included a behind the scenes tour of highly secured Royal Mint, which isn’t open to the public, to see how the coins of the realm are minted. Anita was judged The Royal Mint’s Ultimate Royalist by a panel consisting of renowned royalist and collector, Margaret Tyler, executive editor of the Daily Express, Tina Moran, and Gordon Summers, The Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver. All the judges were impressed by the breadth and size of Anita’s royal memorable and her commitment to collecting. Anita has been an avid collector of royal memorabilia since the Silver Jubilee in 1977 when many royal souvenirs were given to her as a 21st birthday present. Anita’s enormous collection includes everything from coins to medals and crockery to glassware. Anita has been presented with a £2,500 gold coin, which she was able to press herself.Read More.