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By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​During the early 20th century, foreign investment in Mexico increased as the country emerged as a market, with interest in her natural resources chief among the pursuits. Foreign petroleum companies, such as those in the United States, Great Britain, and the Netherlands sought to maximize profits by taking advantage of low wages paid to the local Mexican workforce. In 1935, tired of their disadvantageous position, the Petroleum Workers Union issued a list of demands that included a 40-hour work week, sick pay in the event of workers' illnesses, and an additional sum to be used for backpay and benefits.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​A tremendous array of 20th century world coinage from the expansive Kings Norton Mint Collection is currently offered in the February World & Ancient Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction. This assemblage of over 200 lots presents the stellar quality that has come to be expected from the massive collection and features countless condition census rarities that are virtually never seen in the market. The continent of Africa is well represented, with numerous interesting and compelling motifs. If you are seeking a new collecting pursuit, check out these fantastic examples below, and view all of the Kings Norton Mint Collection by following this link.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

The new year got off to a great start in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries January 2021 auction, an official auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), with several gold coins leading the way. The top five prices achieved featured a blend of the old and new worlds, with these impressive pieces all offering a seemingly unrivaled level of quality:

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​The world of exonumia offers many exciting opportunities to collectors. The greater size (in general) of medals allows for a grander canvas for an engraver's design. Additionally,  widely varied subject matter creates increased emphasis upon the message. One such medal that presents just that is an incredibly rare award medal in bronze that will be appearing in our upcoming February World Coins, Banknotes and Ancients Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​The post-World War II period saw an increase in American influence in global affairs, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the helm during his two terms in office. Having played a vital role in the allied victory in Europe the decade prior, Eisenhower provided a steady hand in this era when technology brought together a world that had so recently been severely fractured. Further advancements in aviation made visiting other world leaders faster, easier and more reliable; the call sign of "Air Force One" was first utilized at the beginning of Eisenhower's presidency in 1953.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​As the first great conflict to serve as a focal point for much of the world, it is not surprising that World War I is commemorated by means of medallic art. The countries on each side, whether the allies or the central powers, issued medals ranging from poignant to propagandistic. Solemn reflections upon lives lost and towns ravaged were commonplace, as were images of force and strength—even if not entirely accurate; the narrative, after all, was that which was most vital.

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​The holiday season is a time of gift giving—a longstanding tradition that has taken place for centuries. There are countless reasons for the act of gifting, including friendship, love, peace, or simply respect. Gifts can come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, based completely upon the individuals involved and their relationship. Whether a physical object or a grand gesture, it is, in many cases, the thought put into the gift that is most vital. Precious numismatic objects that have been given as gifts appear in the marketplace with some frequency, but are usually of little significance or historical importance; for the most part they consist of medals, love tokens, or related exonumia.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​From talers to dollars, crown sized silver coins have always been a very popular with collectors. Given their size and the fact that they are generally the whole unit for their issuing authorities, crowns can play a vital role in shaping a narrative both domestically and abroad. A key aspect can be  ensuring the legitimacy of the ruling family and its future leaders. A German taler from the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1828 features King Ludwig's "blessings from heaven"—his wife and eight children, whose portraits all appear in small medallions upon the crown's reverse.

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