New Look for Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Coins

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The Royal Canadian Mint's 2015-dated Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins will include a new security enhancement which will give the coins a new appearance. A complex radial line finish has been added across the background fields of both the obverse and reverse design. The same enhancement had been added to the Silver Maple Leaf starting with the 2014-dated issue, providing a much different and … [Read More...]

Latvia 2014 Baroque of Courland 5 Euro Silver Coin

Baroque of Courland Silver Coin

The Bank of Latvia has released their latest collector coin, which is dedicated to the Baroque art style in Courland. The silver coin is intended to serve as a reminder of the Lestene Church and and woodcarvings by Nicolaus Söffrens. The largest Baroque ensemble in Courland used to be located in Lestene Church. The altar, pulpit, confession and congregational benches and the organ case, all … [Read More...]

Notes from the 2014 Libertad Underground

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Like the Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican Libertad mintage number release days are cryptic, unnerving, and lead to profound thoughts like “I need to look into becoming the Indiana Jones of Mexican banking laws a little more closely- there's got to be a way to find more of these.” Libertads are as elusive as stock market manipulations by high frequency traders. But unlike the Nasdaq, Libertads … [Read More...]

Canada 2015 Beaver $50 for $50 Silver Coin

2015 Beaver $50 Silver Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders for a new coin within the "$50 for $50" silver coin series featuring the Beaver. The product line offers the opportunity to purchase a 99.99% pure silver coin for its face value of $50. The reverse design of the new coin features a captivating image of a beaver in motion. The beaver is shown swimming with its head just above the surface … [Read More...]

Kazakhstan 2014 Manul 500 Tenge Silver Coin

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Kazakhstan has recently released their latest coin in the "Red Book" series featuring endangered animals. The new release features the Felis manul or Pallas's cat, which has also been seen this year on a release from Mongolia. The Manul is a predatory mammal of the cat family, which is about the size of a domestic house cat. It has a stocky posture with long, dense fur and with ears are set … [Read More...]

Perth Mint New Releases Include Chinese Themes and Disney Coins

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The Perth Mint has released a two new products which celebrate Chinese themes. A number of additional new products have also gone on sale, however these are not available for direct purchase for customers in the United States. Product page The Lunar Good Fortune 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Proof Two Coin Set includes two coins featuring depictions of goats against colored background to … [Read More...]

Royal Australian Mint Domed Cricket and New Year’s Eve Coins

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The Royal Australian Mint has started accepting orders for two new silver coins. The first is a new domed coin which follows the popular "Southern Sky" series depicting constellations visible in the southern hemisphere on color printed domed coins. The second new release continues the theme from a holographic coin release last year. A silver proof dome-shaped coin is issued to commemorate … [Read More...]

2015 Coin of the Year Award Category Winners

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Krause Publications has recently announced the ten category winners for the 2015 Coin of the Year Awards. Each year, the nomination and award process provides a nice look at the diverse styles, themes, and technologies employed by mints around the world. The original slate of nominees included 94 different 2013-dated coins from 45 countries across ten categories. Winners were selected for each … [Read More...]

2015 Chinese Gold and Silver Panda Coins

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Following last month's design unveiling and initial release in China, the 2015 Gold and Silver Panda Coins are now making their way to the US market with many dealers taking orders for later delivery. This year's releases are noted by the removal of the inscriptions indicating the weight, metal, and fineness. Following the typical format, the common obverse design across the coins features … [Read More...]

Latvia 2014 Coin of the Seasons 5 Euro Silver Coin

2014 Coin of the Seasons Silver coin

The Bank of Latvia has released their latest silver collector coin which is dedicated to Latvian ethnographic and folklore traditions. The design of the coin features different representations of the four seasons. The obverse design includes the sun at the center with its ray emanating throughout the coin. The images of four farm laborers are present, each performing an activity typical for … [Read More...]