France: Year 4 of Popular “7 Arts” Series Features New Coins Honoring Actor/Director Jean Gabin

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On November 27, the Monnaie de Paris launched their latest coins in the very popular and contemporary series entitled “The 7 Arts,” which encompasses seven media of artistic expression. This set of coins, the fourth in a seven-year series, is dedicated to cinema. In this category the coins feature famed actor and director Jean Gabin (1904–1976), renowned the world over for such works as La Grande … [Read More...]

Australia: The “Voice of Cricket” Honored on New 50-Cent Coin

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On November 24, the Royal Australian Mint released a special collectible coin honoring the “voice of cricket,” Richie Benaud (1930–2015). One of Australia’s greatest all-rounders, Benaud played his last test cricket match in 1964. He held a remarkable playing record as the first test player to score 2000 runs and take 200 wickets, never losing a test as captain, then followed his playing … [Read More...]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—or at Least One of Them

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Fans of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and movies are lined up around the block this holiday season to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The latest installment of the franchise takes place in 1920s America, where British wizard and magical-creature specialist Newt Scamander loses a few of his fantastic beasts. There's no shortage of licensed (and unlicensed) merchandise available … [Read More...]

Mexico: Libertad Mintages Break Numerous Records in 2016

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As the calendar year of 2016 comes to an end, Libertad collectors far and wide huddle together for that day of celebration: Libertad mintage release day!  The last year has seen a number of positive trends for Libertad collectors, including the rise of graded bullion Mint State Libertads, the astronomical value (and scarcity) of Proof 70 coins, and the continued rise of Libertad prices across the … [Read More...]

United Kingdom: “The Griffin,” Second of the Queen’s Beasts Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

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On December 9, 2016, the Royal Mint will release the second of 10 coins in the “Queen’s Beasts” series. The first coin was released in March 2016. The original Queen’s Beasts were a series of statues representing the lineage of Queen Elizabeth II. For her coronation in 1953, a temporary annex was built at the entrance to Westminster Abbey. Guarding the west wall of the annex were 9 of the 10 … [Read More...]

Monnaie de Paris: Third “French Excellence” Series Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Van Cleef and Arpels

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Since 2014, the Monnaie de Paris have teamed up each year with one of 70 producers of French luxury goods to produce the “French Excellence” limited-edition coin series. Each year’s series brings together and celebrates two different kinds of craftsmanship. The Paris Mint’s contribution, of course, is metalwork. The first year’s partner, Baccarat, which was celebrating its 250th anniversary, … [Read More...]

Thailand: Demand for Coins, Currency of King Rama IX Chakri Skyrockets as Nation Grieves

President Barack Obama, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ambassador Kristie Kenney, left, meet with King Bhumibol Adulyadej of the Kingdom of Thailand, at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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On October 25 the Bangkok Post reported that demand for memorabilia concerning the late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, has reached “unprecedented levels” among grieving Thai citizens. Books, stamps, medals, coins, and banknotes have been flying off the shelves, and prices for these items have risen accordingly. “A small Bhamahachanaka coin has now tripled in price to 13,000 baht [equivalent to about … [Read More...]

Canada: 2017 Sesquicentennial Circulating Coin Designs Released

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Next year, as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary (“Canada 150,” as it’s popularly called), the Royal Canadian Mint will issue a special series of 2017-dated circulating coins. Each of the denominations ($2, $1, 25 cents, 10 cents, and 5 cents) will bear a reverse design pertaining to one of five themes in a Mint-sponsored design contest called “My Canada, My Inspiration.” The … [Read More...]

Buyers Beware! Fake British Virgin Islands Collector Coins from Unauthorized Distributor

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The following consumer alert is a re-post from World Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. (Thursday, October 27)–The government of the British Virgin Islands is advising the public, especially coin collectors, that “coins” purported to be issued in the name of the British Virgin Islands have been offered for sale to coin dealers and the general public. (Two examples are shown above.) The … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Offers 2016 High-Relief Silver Proof Three-Coin Collection

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  The Perth Mint has released its annual three-coin set featuring high-relief Proof strikes of its silver Kookaburra, Kangaroo, and Koala coins. Each .999 fine silver coin in the set contains one ounce of pure silver, struck in gleaming Proof format at a diameter of 32.6 mm and a maximum thickness of 6 mm. The obverse and reverse of each coin is slightly concave, so that when … [Read More...]