World coins from far-flung lands going up for auction

An impressive collection of world coins is set to go up for auction Saturday, Nov. 2, at a numismatic auction in Sydney, Australia. But if you can't be in the land down under, you'll definitely want to check out the inventory on, which will be hosting the online version of the auction.

G'day, coins
Australian coins will make up a vast majority of the lots on the the block, but there are also specimens from places as far-flung as Iraq, Iceland and Guatemala.

If you're looking to add Aussie coins to your collection, though, it will be hard to match the kind of examples that are being offered Nov. 2. An 1880 S Sovereign (lot #51) – with an inverted 'A' in place of the 'V' that is supposed to begin the name of the British monarch at the time of its minting – is among the most breathtaking lots on the docket. Its shiny golden hue and exquisite craftwork are enough to make you want to drop some substantial coin to purchase this … coin.

A one-cent coin from 1931 (lot #9) is yet another Australian coin that is both precious and aesthetically appealing. And the fact that it can boast being the highest grade achieved for its variety doesn't hurt either. Its deep bronze, almost brown, coloring also lends to its unique look.

World coins
As rich and exciting as the Aussie selection will be at the upcoming rare coins auction, it is somehow overshadowed by the coins from some of the most remote countries in the world.

Take Mauritius, for instance, a tiny island of the east coast of Madagascar. A Proof Rupee from 1938 that bears the profile portrait of "Emperor King George VI" on the obverse and a depiction of the country's seal on the reverse (lot #117) will be on the table, and you won't want to miss a chance to add something this rare to your collection.

Fiji also has its hat in this coin auction ring, with a 1949 penny (lot #82) among the items up for bid. It has a relatively rare design feature – there is a circular plug missing in the center of the body – that adds to its mystique and singularity.

A Half Saidi Rial from Muscat and Oman (lot #118) is yet another example of a rare coin from an unusual source of numismatics. There aren't a lot of opportunities to add this kind of piece if you're in the coin collecting game, so you won't want to pass on this chance.

Ancient coins
The Nov. 2 auction also has some incredibly old specimens on display, including a 1552 Edward VI Crown (lot #73) and a 1653 Commonwealth crown, both from England and both with exceptional grades.

The inventory up for grabs this Saturday is the kind of stuff serious or even beginner numismatists won't want to miss, so head over to now to start picking out the choicest coins in the catalog.

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