Month: May 2015

Prefecture Coins from Japan Are Rare Beauties

Beginning in 2008, the Japan Mint began minting one of the most beautiful coin series imaginable, featuring the forty-seven Prefectures of Japan.  One Prefecture is the focus on any one coin, and the program is taking years to complete.  The coin for each prefecture is highlighted with an.....

The Official Alaska State Medallion: It Starts with an Art Contest

The first Official Alaska State Medallions bear the date of 1992 and the image of an eagle.  Before the annual medallion can be minted, an annual art contest is held.  The design must be something that relates to Alaska, and in the past this has been dominated by animal images.  After the contest the winning design is used to produce the O.....

Canadian Coins Specimen and Proof Sets

If you are a collector of Canadian coins, or thinking about becoming a collector, a great way to start is with a Specimen Set, also often called an Uncirculated Coin set, or a year set.  These are uncirculated coins that are placed in a set for safe handling, and can become your quality coins for he year.  These are better than found in change coins, since they have not been subjected to wear and environmental damage.  This is the way to start coin collecting.  Or, if you .....

Coin Gift Ideas

Black Spaniel Gallery has made several images that are now available on our coin gift line.  Sometimes these images are paired with one of our phrases.  Whether an image is paired with a phrase, or not, our items allow customization, so adding or removing a saying is possible. Some of our phrases include: Numismatic Fanatic I’m a Gem of a Numismatist! Classic Numismatic Save the Penny (cent items only) Keep Abe Circulating (cent item o.....