United Kingdom: Possible counterfeits of new £1 coin found in circulation, thanks to anti-counterfeiting features

Newspapers in the United Kingdom are reporting that 48-year-old Roy Wright, of Addlestone, Surrey, spotted a fake £1 coin in change from a co-op. Headline writers are under tremendous pressure to generate clicks to build advertising revenue, and many are capitalizing on the new coin’s supposed counterfeit-proof nature—but are those headlines misleading? Here are three (to be fair, the third … [Read More...]

Guinevere joins King Arthur in ultra-high-relief Camelot series

In December of last year, we shared Choice Mint's remarkable King Arthur silver coin. The next coin in the six-piece Camelot series, "Guinevere," is now available to pre-order, and it is as beautiful as its predecessor. “Camelot” is a joint product of the treasury of the Cook Islands, Choice Mint, and Coin Invest Trust (CIT). The coins are produced using CIT's Smartminting … [Read More...]

British Virgin Islands: New silver coin issued for Kennedy birth centennial

The Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (12th April) a new silver crown coin marking the centenary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America. John Kennedy was elected as the youngest president of the United States after a hard-fought campaign in November 1960 against Republican candidate Richard Nixon. He was sworn in on the 20th January 1961 on … [Read More...]

Canada: Silver collector coin commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

(Ottawa)—The Royal Canadian Mint has proudly issued a silver collector coin to honor and remember Canada’s soldiers who, fighting for the first time in a formation uniting all four divisions of the Canadian Corps 100 years ago, valiantly won the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge and paved the way to the Allied victory that ended the First World War. This fine silver coin was unveiled today at the … [Read More...]

Palau & Coin Invest Trust issue “Sand Dollar” silver dollars

Sand dollars are popular souvenirs collected by tourists and beachcombers around the world. The sun-bleached skeletons of these sea urchins resemble old Spanish and American dollar coins, which led early settlers to refer to them as “sand dollars.” In Spanish-speaking countries they are often known as galletas de mar—“sea biscuits” or “sea cookies.” In Christian symbolism, the unique patterns … [Read More...]

National precious-metals dealer releases the 1/2-oz. New Zealand Bounty silver coin to U.S. investors

The following is a press release courtesy of Money Metals Exchange. Money Metals Exchange, a leading U.S. precious metals dealer, has just released the half-ounce Bounty coin to the public through an exclusive arrangement with the New Zealand Mint. Demand for half-ounce silver bullion is significant, yet few legal-tender mints (including the U.S. Mint) offer this size. That is changing … [Read More...]

British Indian Ocean Territory: Indigenous green turtle featured on new titanium colour crown

The government and Treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have issued (15th March) two new crown coins, their first-ever produced in coloured titanium. The coins, befittingly, feature one of the territory’s most familiar reptilian residents, the green turtle. Also known by its scientific name, Chelonia mydas, this large sea turtle takes its name not from its shell, which is brown to black … [Read More...]

Canada: 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup celebrated on new 25¢ circulation coin

Press release courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint. (Ottawa)—One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the former governor general of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, donated a silver challenge cup to recognize the best amateur hockey team in in the country. Today the legendary Stanley Cup is making a Canadian homecoming in the form of millions of 25-cent commemorative circulation coins issued by … [Read More...]

Canada: “The Sugar Shack” captures iconic practice of making maple syrup

The Royal Canadian Mint have launched a silver coin that pays tribute to one of the country’s best-known commodities: that of delicious maple syrup. Going back almost to the time of the first inhabitants of the region now known as Canada, the process of collecting maple sap and turning it into syrup has been part of life for literally generations. The tradition of maple syrup dates back to … [Read More...]

The Netherlands: “Lion daalder” reborn in new gold and silver bullion coins

The following is a cross-post from World Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. The Royal Dutch Mint have unveiled their newest silver and gold 1-ounce coins, which are based on one of the world’s most well-known and trusted trade coins of the late 16th century. The famed lion daalder (or leeuwendaalder) was first minted by the Province of Holland in 1575 as a means of increasing trade … [Read More...]