Canada Unveils New Gold “Call of the Wild” and Silver “Predator” Bullion Coins

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The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled two new bullion coins today at the 2016 World Money Fair in Berlin: the 2016 Roaring Grizzly 1 oz. gold coin, which continues Canada's "Call of the Wild" series, and the 2016 Cougar 1 oz. silver coin, which is to be the first in a new four-coin series entitled "Predator." The Roaring Grizzly is composed of an ounce of gold that is 99.999% pure; its $200 … [Read More...]

France’s 2016 Europa Star Series Celebrates 20th Century Culture

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The Monnaie de Paris has released its first issues in 2016's Europa Star series. This year is the first in a five-year sequence exploring "five ages" of Europe; 2016 coins in this series are themed "Contemporary Europe"  and will honor France's cultural contributions during the 20th century. The current design has been issued on five coins bearing different monetary denominations: a €10 silver … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Releases 2016 Australian Kangaroo 2 oz Silver Antiqued Coin

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Today, February 2, the Perth Mint has issued the 2016 Australian Kangaroo 2 oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin, which has a mintage limited to 3,000 pieces and is available for $180.91 AUD ($127.98 USD). Composed of two ounces of .999 silver, the new antiqued Silver Kangaroo was designed by Wade Robinson and is struck in high relief in a rimless format. It measures 40.50 mm in diameter and is … [Read More...]

Canada Issues First Concave Silver Coin Celebrating Library of Parliament

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The Royal Canadian Mint has issued its first concave coin in celebration of the 140th anniversary of Canada's Library of Parliament. This ultra high relief issue is 99.99% silver, weighs 30.75 grams (an ounce is about 28.35 grams), and has a mintage limited to 6,000 coins. It has been given a purchase price of $159.95. The reverse features a concave image of the Library's domed ceiling. A … [Read More...]

2016 Panda-Themed Silver Issues

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Pandas are showing up on a variety of silver coins this year; we've already taken a look at the Central Bank of China's Silver Pandas, but a couple of other releases are using the motif in the first part of 2016 as well. The Royal Canadian Mint, in conjunction with APMEX, will soon release the 2016 Maple Leaf 1 oz. silver bullion coin with a panda privy mark. This issue features a Reverse … [Read More...]

Austria to Release 2016 Easter Coin, “Dürer’s Young Hare”

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The Austrian Mint has shared images and information on its upcoming 2016 Easter Coin featuring an image inspired by Albrecht Dürer's 1502 masterpiece, "Feldhase," which translates from the German to "young hare" or "field hare." The coin will be issued in copper and silver, and will be available for €5 and €16.80, respectively. The reverse of the nine-sided coin features Austrian Mint Chief … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Issues 2016 Two-Coin Silver Proof Set for Decimal Currency Anniversary

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The Perth Mint has released a two-coin silver Proof set in honor of the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Australia's decimal currency. The included coins replicate the country's original 1- and 2-cent pieces, but are each composed of an ounce of 99.9% silver. The set is available for $180.91 AUD ($124.58 US) and has a mintage limited to 2,000 units. A press release notes that as … [Read More...]

Poland’s Coin History Series Continues with Half Grosz of Ladislaus Jagiello

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The National Bank of Poland has issued its eighth coin in a series commemorating the country's Medieval coinage. The "Half-grosz of Ladislaus Jagiello" features an obverse and reverse that incorporate the design of original half grosz (1/100 Polish zloty) pieces from the time of Ladislaus Jagiello, King of Poland from 1386 to 1434. The coin is composed of 28.28 grams of 92.5% silver, measuring … [Read More...]

2016 “Australia’s First Mints” Gold and Silver Coins

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The Royal Australian Mint has released new coins emulating Australian sovereigns produced by the country's first Mints. Early Australian branches of the Royal (British) Mint were established in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, in the years 1855, 1872, and 1899, respectively. The Royal Australian Mint was not established until 1965. Each of Australia's mints had a distinctive single-letter mint … [Read More...]

Canada 2016 Tyrannosaurus Rex “$20 for $20” Fine Silver Coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint has released "Tyrannosaurus Rex," its first "$20 for $20" face value fine silver coin of 2016. As with previous coins in this series, the coin is composed of silver that is 99.99% pure and is available for the price of its $20 face value. It weighs 7.96 grams, with a diameter of 27 mm and a mintage limited to 300,000 pieces. An order limit of five per household is also in … [Read More...]