THE JAMES BOND COIN:
“This is an outstanding coin, celebrating so much history. Omega has also released a new watch to celebrate the new James Bond movie. In many ways, coins are like watches — celebrating history and fine craftsmanship,” Demby says. The limited-edition, three-coin series from The Royal Mint includes the iconic Bond imagery of an Aston Martin, submarine, and tuxedo, and when placed together the three coins cleverly reveal the 007 configuration.
A MUSEUM MASTERPIECES GOLD COIN CRAFTED BY THE MONNAIE DE PARIS:
This collection of unique square coins highlights major works exhibited in France each year. Monnaie de Paris is France’s longest-standing institution and strikes the euro coins in circulation for France, as well as coins for other foreign currencies. Although unusual in shape, the Museum Masterpieces remain coins because they have a face value. The collection features a self portrait by Van Gogh, The Wave by Hokusai, and Guernica by Picasso. The square shape is reminiscent of an actual framed artwork.
Demby says: “Most art collectors can’t add a Van Gogh, Hokusai, or Picasso to their collections, but they can own a mini-masterpiece with any one of the Museum Masterpieces gold coins.”
THE ELTON JOHN COIN:
“Only 1,100 are going to be made, and we received an allocation of 30 for South Africa. There is nothing more exciting than buying a limited edition and knowing that not many other people are going to have one.”
In celebrating one of Britain’s most loved musical performers as he celebrates the final tour of his career, The Royal Mint is adding to a contemporary series called Music Legends. Demby says he is proud to be the only South African coin dealer with an exclusive agency for coins from The Royal Mint: “We have a special relationship with The Royal Mint and can source coins from their collections for our clients.”
These are the coins Demby wishes he had bought:
- A ZAR: “We currently have some of this old South African currency. One is an 1892 Fine Beard — it is so rare, the value is R1-million, even though it only has a gold content worth R10,000.”
- A 1980 proof set. Only 60 were made.
- A 1992 proof set of South African coins. These were the only proofs made with no Kruger bullion — they are scarce.
• From the 2020/2021 edition of Wanted Watches, Jewellery and Luxury.