Coin news round-up


09 April 2021
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Celtic gold performs well

Gold coins performed particularly well in the Chris Rudd auction of Celtic coins recently held in Norwich, with comparatively common gold coins achieving above-average results.

Elizabeth Cottam, from Chris Rudd said: ‘A Gallic War Uniface stater went for £2,000 and a Durotrigan quarter stater fetched £1,300 – both twice the estimate, both way over the book price. However, both coins were in superb condition. As always, condition outshines every other factor. If a Celtic gold coin is unusually high grade, it will command an unusually high price, regardless of rarity.’

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Moon Landing silver dollar wins accolades 

A US coin celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon Landing has won the Coin of the Year Award.

The 5-ounce, 3-inch-diameter proof silver dollar featured a curved shape, with the obverse, concave side of the coin depicting a footprint on the lunar surface. The reverse, convex design features a representation of a photograph of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon taken on 20 July 1969.

Canadian banknotes to be withdrawn

Canadians will no longer be able to use $1, $2, $25, $500 and $1,000 notes following a Bank of Canada Act.

A statement said: ‘Most Canadians will not be affected because the banknotes targeted by this announcement have not been produced in decades and are rarely used in transactions.’

The Bank explained that $1 and $2 notes were replaced with coins in 1989 and 1996, respectively. The commemorative $25 note was, along with the $500 note, discontinued in 1935. The $1,000 note was last issued in 2000.

The Bank, also stated: ‘Some rarer notes could be worth significantly more than face value to collectors.’

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Venezuela hyperinflation notes

Amidst rising hyperinflation, the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) has issued three new banknotes, with the top value note having a value of one million bolivars. The 200,000 and 500,000 bills feature the image of the mausoleum of Simón Bolívar on the reverse, whilst the 1 million note shows an image of the Bicentennial of the Battle of Carabobo.

Ballet icon on Cuba coin

The National Bank of Cuba has issued a new coin to celebrate the life of dancer Alicia Alonso, who would have been 100 years old this year.

Alonso was instrumental in forming the National Ballet of Cuba and continued to dance despite being partially blind from the age of nineteen.

Dealer day as part of World's Fair of Money

The American Numismatic Association will conduct its first-ever ‘Dealer Day’ on 9 August in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, immediately prior to the World’s Fair of Money which is set to be held from 10 to 14 August.

The Dealer Day provides numismatic dealers an opportunity to preview and purchase the best inventory available ‘from the Association’s top purveyors of collectible coins, medals, paper money, tokens and related items.’

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Harriet Tubman coins and banknote expected

The US Mint is set to issue commemorative coins to mark the 2022 Bicentennial of Harriet Tubman’s birth. However, the coins could come two years after the anniversary, since the programme is already decided for 2022.

Meanwhile, Tubman, who was born into slavery and became an abolitionist and political activist, is set to appear on the USA $20 note, with an expected issue date of 2030.


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