South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands: Blue Whale Features on Latest Titanium “Marine Life” Coin

The government and treasury of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have issued three new coins in the ongoing Marine Life series, which features some the most amazing wildlife found in and around the South Atlantic Ocean. The territory issued a similar design featuring the Blue Whale on a 2013 crown coin, which sold out its entire mintage in all options. Blue whales are the largest animals … [Read More...]

Trans-Australian Railway Honored on the First Coin Struck in 2017

Each New Year’s Day at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra, the first person in line wins the right to strike the mint’s first coin of the year. And thanks to the world's time zones, that coin is also the year's first to be struck anywhere in the world. From 2013 through 2016 the honor went to Sydney teenager Harley Russo. This year, however, the first collector in line was 16-year-old Luke … [Read More...]

“Year of the Rooster” Silver Medals from Shengyang Mint

About this time last year, we reported on an assortment of panda-themed issues that were slated for 2016. This time around, we’ll be approaching the coins from the perspective of the lunar year—that is, rounding up the best of the Year of the Rooster coins and medals from around the world. Look for that story in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we thought it would be nice to close out … [Read More...]

“Speed of Light” Is Second Coin in Niue “Code of the Future” Series

The Mint of Poland has announced the second coin in Niue Island's popular Code of the Future series. “Speed of Light” is the new companion to the popular “Artificial Intelligence” coin, which was released earlier this year. When “Artificial Intelligence” made its appearance, some collectors were dubious. Modern collector coins are known for taking risks with innovative subjects, shapes, … [Read More...]

King Arthur Triumphant on New Cook Islands Coin

Fans of Arthurian legend—and fans of richly inventive world coins, as well—have a new collectible series to enjoy. Choice Mint has released the first coin, “King Arthur,” in its new, six-coin “Camelot” series, and it is a beauty. “Camelot” is a joint product of the government and treasury of Cook Islands, Choice Mint, and Coin Invest Trust. Cook Islands has long been associated with beautiful … [Read More...]

British Virgin Islands: Distinctive Hummingbird Features on Latest Titanium Coin

On December 12, the government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands issued a new coin within their popular color-tinted titanium coin series. Their latest coin highlights an avian species, the hummingbird, prevalent on the islands and in much of the Caribbean. Hummingbirds are a diverse family of 320 species that can mostly be found throughout the Americas. They are among the world’s … [Read More...]

CoinWeek Selects Three World Coins and One U.S. Coin for Its “Best Coin Designs of 2016”

  On December 12, World Mint News Blog posted the news of the first-round COTY Awards for 2015-dated coins. Today we'd like to share CoinWeek's top picks for the best coin designs of 2016. Their top-ranking coin is the 2016 Women of France / Queen Mathilde 1-ounce, 200 euro gold coin from Monnaie de Paris (shown above). The coin was CoinWeek's Gold Medal choice because "[its] design … [Read More...]

North American Release of Silver Krugerrand Delayed Due to Shipment Damage

Last month, Mint News Blog reported that the official North American release date for the South African Mint's silver Krugerrand coins would be December 5, 2016. Unfortunately, release day was greeted with a press release rather than cases of silver coins. In the release, the mint wrote that its first shipment to the United States "did not travel well and arrived with scratches and markings." … [Read More...]

2017 COTY Award First-Round Voting: Who Will Be the Winners?

Yesterday (December 11), the jurists for the 2017 COTY (Coin of the Year) Award wrapped up their first round of voting. Inaugurated in 1984 by Krause Publications' World Coin News, the COTY Awards have grown to international prestige. Today the competition is co-sponsored by World Coin News, the annual World Money Fair, and the Journal of East Asian Numismatics. The first round of balloting, … [Read More...]

Palau: Distinctive Triggerfish Features on 2017 “Red Sea Marine Life” Silver Coin Series

On December 1, the government and treasury of the Republic of Palau launched their latest coin, which features exotic and unique marine life inhabiting the Red Sea. This is the fifth coin in the series and features the Triggerfish (or Rhinecanthus aculeatus, to use their scientific name). Triggerfish inhabit tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world, with over 40 species within the … [Read More...]