French Mint Coin Designer, £10 Coin, 2010 Vancouver Commemoratives

Welcome to Something About Coins! Today's hot topics in coin news uncover new coin designs and designers at world mints. They span the French Mint, the Royal Mint, and the Royal Canadian Mint. Other articles describe rare coins that are coming up for auction at Boston's World's Fair of Money and a special coin exhibit at an English museum. I hope you enjoy these stories!

Christian Lacroix gets a new job,
Christian Lacroix has landed a job at the French Mint. What's a world-class designer to do when his couture house has closed? Sit around at home and twiddle his thumbs? No, go and get a new job, that's what. Christian Lacroix, for example, has just bagged himself a new, and somewhat unexpected role. He has just been appointed the artistic adviser to Monnaie de Paris, the French Mint. According to WWD his first task is to design medals that ... Click for coin article

Sophie's minted!,
A schoolgirl has beaten thousands of other entrants to create a coin inspired by her home town. Sophie Doa, 11, from Southend, went up against 6,000 other youngsters to have her design made into a £10 coin at the Royal Mint. The pupil of St Mary's Prittlewell Church of England Primary School designed a simple picture of a lighthouse by the sea on one side and two aeroplanes with smoke trails creating the letter 'S' on the other. Sophie said she got her inspiration ... Click for coin article

IACA Names Vancouver Series Best,
The Royal Canadian Mint’s Vancouver 2010 commemorative circulation coin program was named the Best New Coin Series at the third Excellence in Currency Awards held in conjunction with the 2010 Currency Conference of the International Association of Currency Affairs in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A new series of circulation coins the mint produced for the Central Bank of Fiji received a runner-up award in the same category. The series of 17 circulation coins, consisting of 15 25-cent coins and two "Lucky Loonie" $1 circulation ... Click for coin article

Winning Coin Designer Was Last-Minute Entrant,
The computer teacher used his skills to submit six different designs, including the winner of this year's Redondo Beach commemorative coin contest. Every year Redondo Beach issues a decorative coin commemorating something historical in the city. Coins have been issued for the construction of the 9-11 memorials and the 50th anniversary of King Harbor last year, for example. In dedication to the new north branch library on Artesia Boulevard and Green Lane, the city invited artists to submit coin designs. Several artists turned in entries ... Click for coin article

Bowers and Merena Boston Rarities Auction Features 1794 Silver Dollar,
Bowers and Merena Auctions, one of the world's pre-eminent numismatic auctioneers, will host its 2010 Boston Rarities Auction on Saturday, Aug. 7 at The Castle at Park Plaza Hotel and Towers in Boston, Mass. The sale, comprised of nearly 1,800 lots, will feature world-class rarities and highly desirable collectors' coins. "Three consignments stand out in my mind as defining elements of the importance of this sale: the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation Mint State Set of 1794 United States Coinage, the ... Click for coin article

The Coin That Proves When 1838 Gobrecht Dollars Were Restruck,
Our August 11-15 Boston ANA Signature Auction will feature a fascinating example of a 1838 Gobrecht dollar struck over a 1859 seated dollar. This coin was apparently first noticed by Louis Werner in the Earl Bostic Collection (Stack's, 12/1956). Walter Breen thought it noteworthy enough to comment on it in the May 1957 Numismatist in an article entitled "Some Unpublished Gobrecht Rarities": "In a recent New York auction Louis Werner observed ..." Click for coin article

San Francisco Double Eagles: A Date by Date Analysis Part Two,
The second part of this study on San Francisco double eagles deals with the Type Two issues struck from 1866 to 1876. There are no absolute rarities in this series as with the Type One issues but there are a number condition rarities as well as affordable dates that are easy to locate in Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated grades. Let's take a look at each date and focus on the higher grade coins as these tend to be the most interesting Type Two double eagles from this mint. 1866-S With Motto: After a small number of No Motto double ... Click for coin article

Update: Coin hoard goes on public display at Frome Library,
Coins from the largest Roman coin hoard ever discovered in a single vessel are set to go on display at Frome Library. There will also be a chance to meet Dave Crisp who discovered the hoard, as well as archaeologists from the British Museum and Somerset County Council. The discovery has also highlighted to detectorists the importance of working with local archaeology services. As a result of this successful joint approach, it's hoped this will further ... Click for coin article

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