France: “Treasures of Paris” coin series continues with focus on Statue of Liberty

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (20th January) a new set of coins highlighting the many treasures of the French capital, Paris. This second set of coins follows last year’s set, which featured the Palais Garnier and Institut de France. The first coin in the 2017-dated series pays special homage to one of the world’s most enduring symbols of both the friendship which exists between two nations … [Read More...]

France: Ever-popular figure of Marianne features on latest gold and silver collector coins

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (20th January) a new set of coins that feature a modern rendition of Marianne, the female allegory of France. Since 1877, Marianne has had place of honour in official buildings throughout cities and towns of the French Republic. Her profile appears on official documents, on many definitive postage stamps, and on many banknotes from France’s legacy currency, the … [Read More...]

Australia: First domed gold coin features Southern Hemisphere’s cosmic wonders

The Royal Australian Mint have unveiled (3rd February) a new coin that is a first for them: a dome-shaped coin that depicts the mystique of the Southern Hemisphere’s cosmic wonders, captured in one ounce of pure gold. A true representation of innovative craftsmanship and at the forefront of creative design, this latest gold issue captures the elements of the night sky to stunning effect. This … [Read More...]

Guernsey: Silver crown coins issued for Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The government and Treasury of Guernsey have issued new crown coins to mark the Sapphire Jubilee (65th anniversary of accession) of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which occurred today, the 6th February. On the 9th September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning English monarch. The event, although a very low-key celebration, was a milestone in terms of the reign of any British monarch, as … [Read More...]

Space-flown material from all six shuttles in new Cook Islands collector coin

On April 12, 1981, the space shuttle Columbia roared off the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first mission in what would be a 30-year program, culminating in July 2011 with the final space mission of the shuttle Atlantis. All told, the five active shuttles completed 135 flights, carrying a total of 852 fliers on 21,152 trips around the Earth and traveling … [Read More...]

Vatican City: Portrait of Pope Francis Removed from Circulation Euro Coins

Note: The following is a re-post from World Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. The Treasury of Vatican City State (or the Holy See) announced on the 24th January that from March of this year, new 2017-dated coins and those thereafter issued will no longer carry the effigy of His Holiness Pope Francis. The decision was carried out at the behest of the pontiff, and revised designs without … [Read More...]

New Zealand Southern Lights Replicated On Holographic Silver Crown Coin

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have announced (18th January) the issue of a new silver coin that highlights the southern hemisphere’s own natural and astounding light show: the Aurora Australis. The Southern Lights (as many know them) form a spellbinding natural light show that produces shimmering sheets of colourful light that appear to dance across the sky. Most are very familiar with the … [Read More...]

British Virgin Islands: Distinctive Blue Marlin Appears on Blue Titanium $5 Coin

The government and Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (17th January) a new $5 coin, struck in titanium, that features one of the sea’s more distinctive and beautiful inhabitants: the blue marlin. The Atlantic blue marlin, or Makaira nigricans, to be more accurate, is a species of marlin endemic to the Atlantic Ocean. One of the open ocean’s fastest, strongest predators, it is also … [Read More...]

British Virgin Islands: New Silver Reverse-Proof Coin Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The government and Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (24th January) a new coin that marks the 65th anniversary, or “Sapphire Jubilee,” of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who will herself mark the solemn occasion on the 6th February. Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy … [Read More...]

Rare Viking Coins Found by Irish Treasure Hunter

Back in May of 2016, a 43-year-old treasure hunter named Brian Morton took his metal detector out in an Irish field and made an unusual find. About four inches down in the dirt was a silver coin—and about five feet away, there was another one. Morton, who'd been a metal-detectorist for about 10 years at the time, was excited at having found the coins, but it would be several months before he … [Read More...]