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Mardi Gras Doubloons

Mardi Gras Doubloons Mardi Gras Doubloons Are Fun Collectibles Mardi Gras doubloons are usually metal, and often round.  However, there are no hard and fast rules.  One female krewe, a word that describes a Mardi Gras organization, uses a purse as their signature, so they throw purse shaped doubloons.   Mardi Gras doubloons started in 1959 when Alvin H. Sharpe decided to produce them.  He first approached the Rex organization and put forth his idea.  I.....

Discover France through French Coins

Discover France through French Coins French Coins Can Tell Quite a Story In 2017 there were twenty-four ten Euro silver French coins that depict France.  These French coins show France as envisioned by the fashion designer, Jean-Paul Gaultier.  These coins comprise a beautiful set, worthy of a beautiful country.  They span all of France, and give an insight into French culture. Now that the set is complete it is worth being the focul of an article.   Th.....

Coca-Cola Coin

Coca-Cola Coin Has the Coca-Cola Coin Crossed the Line? The new Coca-Cola coin is shaped like a bottle cap.  This coin brings up an interesting question, how far should a mint go with coins that promote a product?  Certainly there is more latitude in what can, and often is, minted as a commemorative coin.  Perhaps a good idea would be to limit commemorative coins to designs that could be used for circulation coins.  Inconvenience aside, for few of us would like to carry .....

Star Wars Stamp and Coin Set

Star Wars Stamp and Coin Set Star Wars Stamp and Coin Set for Each Android There is a Star Wars Stamp and Coin Set available at the Royal Mint for each of the three popular androids, BB-8, R2D2, and C-3PO.  Technically, these sets contain medals, not coins, since they are not currency.  The Royal Mint calls them Stamp and Medal Covers.   These are cards, with eight cancelled British stamps, and a window containing a medal featuring one of the androids. .....

Palladium Coins

Palladium Coins Palladium Coins Offer an Opportunity Palladium coins are few, bring mined by only a few major mints.  Yet, palladium is a quite valuable metal.  Certainly, palladium is much more valuable than silver.  As palladium coins are being minted they offer an excellent way to diverse a coin collection.   Palladium is slowly joining platinum and gold as an alternate precious metal used in coin minting.  It is a metal well worth owning, since its.....

Emperor Penguin Platinum Coin

Emperor Penguin Platinum Coin Emperor Penguin Platinum Coin Is Unique and Mysterious The 2018 Emperor Penguin Australia Antarctic Territories platinum coin is different, and was not easy to get information on this one.  Here at Black Spaniel Gallery we watch what is coming out at some of the large mints of the world.  This platinum coin came out without being noticed.  The mystery deepens when one looks at the Perth Mint website, the coin is not found.  Yet, the coin is .....

Proof Official Alaska State Medallions in Silver and Gold

Proof Official Alaska State Medallions in Silver and Gold Proof Official Alaska State Medallions in Silver and Gold Collectibles     The Official Alaska State Medallions in Silver and Gold is a result of the State of Alaska which has, by statute, authorized an annual art contest.  The contest is open only to residents of Alaska.  The subject matter must be significant to Alaska.  The winning entry is used to design the Official Alaska State Medalli.....