U.K.’s Royal Mint Reports Big Profits

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The Royal Mint has reported a profit of £11.4 million this year through the end of March, dwarfing the £6.7 million in profits collected during the same period last year. The increase has been credited to a boost in commemorative coin sales and new cost-saving measures that have seen cupro-nickel 5- and 10-pence coins replaced by “aRMour nickel-plated steel equivalents,” according to the … [Read More...]

France 2015: The Little Prince Gold and Silver Coins

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic novella, The Little Prince, serves as inspiration for a 2015 series of coins issued by the Monnaie de Paris. The coins share an obverse design that bears a sketch of the Little Prince beside the denomination and "2015," the year of production. Circling the outer edge, the words "The Little Prince" are translated into four languages. The 5 euro 1/25 ounce gold … [Read More...]

Canada Releases 2015 Muskox “$100 for $100″ Fine Silver Coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint is offering a new Muskox $100 for $100 Fine Silver Coin—the latest issue in the popular “$100 for $100” series that has sold out each of its previous releases. Composed of 99.99% pure silver, weighing 31.83 grams, and measuring 40 mm in diameter, the Muskox Fine Silver Coin’s cost is equal to its value as legal tender: one hundred Canadian dollars. The reverse image … [Read More...]

Mint of Finland to Issue 30th Anniversary European Flag Coin

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On July 23rd, the Mint of Finland will begin advance sales of a commemorative 2 Euro coin issued in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the European Union flag. The coin's obverse features Greek artist Georgios Stamatopoulos's image of the EU flag, its twelve stars "morphing" into twelve human forms that symbolize unity among the citizens of Europe. "Suomi Finland 1985-2015" … [Read More...]

The Perth Mint’s July Releases Include Alice in Wonderland and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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The Perth Mint’s releases for the month of July include a unique, 2 oz. silver “antiqued clock” coin created in honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The coin’s reverse bears images of Alice, the Cheshire Cat, and the White Rabbit, with a working clock face occupying the center of the piece. The obverse … [Read More...]

France 2015 Rugby World Cup Gold and Silver Oval Domed Coins

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The Monnaie de Paris has unveiled a new collection of coins issued to celebrate the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Both the 10 Euro Silver Coin and 200 Euro Gold Coin within the collection feature an oval shape with a convex obverse and concave reverse. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of domed or curved coins issued. In most instances, this shape has been used to accentuate the the … [Read More...]

Lithuania 2015 Coin Dedicated to Literature 5 Euro Silver Coin

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The Bank of Lithuania has recently released a new collector coin dedicated to literature. The coin is from the series "Culture of Lithuania." The reverse design of the coin takes a minimalist approach with a stylized depiction of the turning of a book's pages. The pages move from static to dynamic, culminating with with pages resembling a bird's wings. The design by artist Rytas Jonas … [Read More...]

2015 Netball World Cup Silver Proof Dome Coin

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The Royal Australian Mint will release a new dome-shaped coin to mark the 14th Netball World Cup to be hosted in Sydney, Australia in August 2015. Held every four years since the world cup’s inception in 1963, Australia previously hosted the Netball World Cup on two occasions, in Perth in 1967 and in Sydney in 1991. Having been victorious on both occasions, Australia will face the 2015 … [Read More...]

2015 500 Years of Riga Castle 5 Euro Silver Coin

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On June 17, the Bank of Latvia launched a new collector coin to mark the 500th anniversary of Riga Castle. This important symbol of Latvia is a characteristic feature of the Riga skyline and has been witness to the power or weakness of rulers for centuries. The obverse of the square shaped coin features the stone moldings on the gateway of the Riga Castle convent showing the Madonna and … [Read More...]

2015 Mask of the Slovak Region 100 Francs CFA Gold Coin

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The first of the new "investment royalty coins" produced by the Kremnia Mint of Slovakia is now available. These coins are issued as legal tender in the Republic of the Congo and feature ritual masks of the world regions. Last year, the Kremnica Mint had distributed a news release and survey to customers indicating that they were considering producing and issuing gold and silver investment … [Read More...]