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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

The Royal Mint in UK is presenting a new coin series – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing.

Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, and cryptanalyst born in London. During the Second World War, Turning worked for the Government Code and Cypher School. His codebreaking logic saved estimated millions of live by shortening the war. 

After the war, Turning worked at the National Physical Laboratory, where he designed the Automatic Computing Engine, one of the first designs for a stored-programme computer. In 1948, he joined Max Newman’s Computing Machine Laboratory where he helped develop the Manchester computers. Despite of his various accomplishments, Turing was never fully recognized in UK during his lifetime. It is because much of his work was covered by the Official Secrets Act.

And in 1952, Turning was prosecuted for homosexual acts. He then accepted hormone treatment and died 16 days before his 42ndbirthday from cyanide poisoning. 

In 2009, the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the UK government for “the appalling way Turing was treated”. Queen Elizabeth II granted a posthumous pardon in 2013 which has since led to further pardons to gay men and created what has become known as “Turing’s Law”. In recent years, Turing has become a figurehead for gay rights.

In 2022, The Royal Mint celebrates the man with a remarkable mind with a UK 50p coin available as a gold Proof, silver Proof, silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated edition. 

Images source:

https://www.royalmint.com/globalassets/consumer/_campaigns/2022/alan-turing/category-page/t3-dt-primary-cat-alan-turing.png?width=2147483647

 

More information:

https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/alan-turing/

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A rare Chinese vase kept in the kitchen sold for 1.8 million at auction

A precious Chinese vase dating from Qianlong era (18th century) was sold for nearly USD 1.8 million at Dreweatts Auction.

The seller was a son of a surgeon who stated that his father bought this Chinese Vase in 1980s for just a few hundred pounds. The seller then inherited this vase from his father and kept it in his kitchen. He did not realize its value until it was discovered by an expert.

The Chinese Vise was a porcelain blue artifact in two feet height. It was crafted using innovative heating techniques to gild its blue, gold and silver coloring. It was made during the reign of Qianlong Emperor – the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty.

The result of high sale prices shows the high demand for the finest antique porcelain in the world.

Images source: https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/8176/drewea1-10298

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2022 Canadian Super Incuse SML Rose Gilded Proof Silver Coin



 

2022 Canadian Super Incuse SML Rose Gilded Proof Silver Coin

 

The collection of double-incuse Silver Maple Leaf (SML) coin was introduced by Royal Canadian Mint in 2018.

Then, Royal Canadian Mint followed it up with gold- (2019) and black rhodium-plated (2020) versions.

Afterward, the mint took art to all-new depths with the first Super Incuse SML in 2021. While the previous incuse coins had a standard incuse depth of
0.3 mm, thanks to new technology developed by our Research and Development team, on the Super Incuse SML the intricately engraved maple leaf sits 1.5 mm below the coin’s surface – that’s nearly 40% of the coin gauge!

The 2021 version was sold out rapidly in every coin shop. Collectors around the world was so desperate to get one!

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2021 Canadian Super Incuse SML Proof Silver Coin

The year 2022, Royal Canadian Mint launched 2022 Canadian Super Incuse SML Rose Gilded Proof Silver Coin. And the design is much more beautiful and detailed than the previous version. 

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2022 Canadian Super Incuse SML Rose Gilded Proof Silver Coin

The coin’s reverse features Walter Ott’s iconic sugar maple leaf design, unchanged since the first Silver Maple Leaf (SML) bullion coin issued in 1988. The Mint enhanced the revolutionary Super Incuse SML with the addition of selective rose gold plating and maple leaf field pattern on both sides; truly a perfect fusion of modern technology and classic design.

  • Mintage: 7,000
  • Composition: 99.99% pure silver
  • Finish: modified reverse proof
  • Weight (g): 32.41
  • Diameter (mm): 36
  • Edge: serrated
  • Certificate: serialized
  • Face value: 20 dollars
  • Artist: Walter Ott/RCM Engravers

Source:

https://mint.ca/store/coins/1-oz.-fine-silver-coin-%E2%80%93-super-incuse-silver-maple-leaf-%E2%80%93-mintage-7000-2022-prod3820030

 

 

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Royal Canadian Mint – 2022 Canadian Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Diadem Matte Proof Silver Coin with Swarovski

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To pay tribute to the Queen of Canada in her Platinum Jubilee year, Royal Canadian Mint presents a numismatic coin – 2022 Canadian Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Diadem Matte Proof Silver Coin with Swarovsk.

Specifications

Year : 2022

Gross Weight : 31.39 g

Diameter ( mm ) : 38 mm

Face Value : $20

Fineness : .9999

Quality : Matte Proof

Mintage : 4500

The Queen’s Coronation took place on 2 June 1953 following her accession on 6 February 1952.

Do you know that Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was very special for the people in the United Kingdom? This was the first Coronation ever to be televised, and it was watched by 27 million people in the UK alone and millions more audiences around the world.

On her way to the Coronation, Queen Elizabeth II wore the George IV State Diadem – this Diadem features roses, shamrocks and thistles with 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls.

This year 2022, the Queen Elizabeth II is going to her 96 years old. She becomes the first British monarch to reach a Platinum Jubilee. And this few years. The Queen’s health and the future of the UK monarchy is always in spotlight. It makes collectors around the world are now buying items which are related to Queen Elizabeth II and Platinum Jubilee.

https://www.royal.uk/50-facts-about-queens-coronation-0

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2021 2 oz Republique du Tchad The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh Antiqued High Relief Colored Silver Coin


Starry Night which painted by the Dutch post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh in June 1889 is one of the most famous masterpieces in the art world. The images of the painting are always printed on souvenir everywhere, like coffee cups, mugs, T-shirts, towels, etc. 

This painting – Starry Night was painted in 1889 when the artist, Vincent Can Gogh stayed at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. He painted the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room with an imaginary village just before sunrise. 

This painting has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941.

This time, the one of the most recognized painting in Western art – Starry Night was printed on a silver coin and issued by Republique du Tchad. The coin depicted the detailed texture and its typical swirling brushstrokes, the moon and morning stars. The details of the pattern were presented on the coin beautifully. Starry Night fans absolutely won’t miss this collection. Let get this magnificent piece of numismatic coin on your working desk or your showcase in your living room.

Visit https://kitcoasiagift.com/hk/product/9661 for more information.