Tuvalu and the Perth Mint celebrate the 2017 Diwali festival with colorful silver coin

The Perth Mint, in conjunction with the island of Tuvalu, has released a 1-ounce silver coin honoring the Hindu “festival of light” called Diwali. Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs not just in India but around the world, Diwali is a five-day festival in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of love and good fortune. Her symbol is gold, so, naturally, gold is the focus of the joyous gift-giving … [Read More...]

British Antarctic Territory: Endearing crabeater seal features on blue titanium crown

The government and treasury of the British Antarctic Territory have issued (14th July) a new, titanium coin which features a delightful image of the crabeater seal, or Lobodon carcinophaga, to use its designated scientific name. The crabeater seal is found in a circumpolar distribution around the coast of Antarctica and is a mammal that, despite its name, does not feed exclusively on crabs. Its … [Read More...]

Mexico: 35 is the new 25

Libertad collecting is a joyous hobby that rests somewhere between the adrenal-stimulating activity of cliff diving and the patient detail-sifting of prospecting sand. This year’s surprise offering from Mexico’s mint is a first. Like the Reverse Proof set of two years ago, it has a precedent: the collecting of bullion silver bars. It also pays homage to the Libertad’s roots as a bullion coin. This … [Read More...]

United Kingdom: Prince Philip’s lifetime of service honoured with new gold and silver crown coins

The following is a re-post from our sister site, Coin Update. It was announced today that special crown coins will be issued in August to pay tribute to the lifetime of official service which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has given to the nation. It was announced by Buckingham Palace on the 4th May that the 96-year-old consort of the Queen would be retiring later in the year and … [Read More...]

Commemorative Panda medals celebrate 45 years of Sino-German friendship

In 2017, the People’s Republic of China and the Federal Republic of Germany celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations. Together with Michael Hans Chou (owner of Champion Leilo Co., Hong Kong), the auction house Künker took this as an occasion to initiate two medals of which the German version’s very first specimen was struck on June 30, 2017, in the presence … [Read More...]

Perth Mint’s rare $1.8m coin trilogy sold

The pinnacle of the Perth Mint’s long-term association with Rio Tinto and Argyle Pink Diamonds, the Australian Trilogy is an incomparable combination of precious metals and rare, natural, fancy-colored diamonds unearthed from the Argyle Diamond Mine in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia. “This coveted collection of diamond-studded gold and platinum coins has raised the bar on the … [Read More...]

Belgium: Closure of Royal Mint results in discounted coins available to collectors

Embed from Getty Images Photo shows a commemorative five euro coin featuring a portrait of Belgian Nobel prize winner Francois Englert at the Royal Mint in Brussels on November 4, 2014. (THIERRY ROGE / AFP / Getty Images)  The following is a courtesy post from our sister site, Coin Update. In the wake of the announcement that the Royal Mint of Belgium will cease minting and … [Read More...]

Niue Island: New “Great Cities” coin features Tokyo, the dynamic capital of Japan

Niue Island and the New Zealand Mint have released the “Great Cities” collection’s fifth coin, which features Japan’s dynamic capital city, Tokyo. (The previous cities featured were Copenhagen, Shanghai, London, and New York.) Originally a small fishing village known as Edo, the growing city became the nation’s political center in 1603; its name was changed to Tokyo (tō, meaning “east,” and kyō, … [Read More...]

United Kingdom: Mr. Jeremy Fisher, second 2017 Beatrix Potter coin, now available

The second release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Mr. Jeremy Fisher—the first time the character has appeared on an official U.K. coin. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, the eighth of Potter’s little tales, follows the frog in his waterproof mackintosh and galoshes through a day of fishing adventures. Once upon a time there was a frog called Mr. Jeremy Fisher; he lived in a little … [Read More...]

Niue’s “Battle of Yorktown” inaugurates a new series, “Battles That Changed History”

Niue Island has launched a brand-new coin collection titled “Battles That Changed History,” which highlights legendary military battles that had historic repercussions. The “Battle of Yorktown” 1-ounce, legal-tender silver coin, released today (June 8), is the first issue in the collection. The reverse of the coin depicts American troops capturing a British gun during the 1781 battle. The … [Read More...]