Each day, CoinWeek’s editors comb through eBay’s thousands of numismatic auctions and listings in search of 10 Cool Coins! that you need to know. Today, we focus on World Coins.
Today’s highlights include an important gold “So-Called Dollar” struck in the Philippines, a siege coin from the Boer War, and a rare French ecu from the reign of Louis XV.
The Wilson “So-Called Dollar” is a major numismatic rarity. Featuring the likeness of President Woodrow Wilson and struck at the United States Branch Mint at the Philippines, the coin appeals not just to world coin collectors, but collectors of American issues as well.
We wrote about this fascinating gold medal in great detail when Stack’s Bowers
offered one in 2015. You can find that article here.
The example highlighted in our countdown is graded AU55 by PCGS, making it third on the condition census. With only five examples have been confirmed to exist in the U.S. and a sixth example impounded in a museum in the Philippines, this is a rare official issue of the U.S. Mint.
The Veld Pond of the South African Republic is one of the century’s most important issues. Crudely designed and struck at Pilgrim’s Rest using gold from the Transvaal, a mere 986 pieces were struck right before the end of hostilities. The piece on offer grades out at AU55.
Louis XV’s lengthy reign spanned nearly 60 years and saw the country involved in conflicts with its European neighbors to the east and Britain in the American colonies. Atlas Numismatics’ gem ecu, struck in 1740 at the height of the reign of “Louis the Beloved”, is a significant conditional rarity worthy of a top-tier world coin cabinet.
We also found a beautifully-toned Italian 500 Lire, a Czech 10 Dukatu in gold, a gem Swiss 100 Francs, and much more.
To see all of the highlights and read our editor’s commentary, click here.