Italy: Gioachino Rossini 10 Euro Silver Coin

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The Italian State Mint has issued a new silver coin dedicated to composer Gioachino Rossini, who wrote 39 operas during his career and until his retirement in 1829 became the most popular opera composer in history. He is best known for comic operas such as The Barber of Seville and La Cenerntola and French language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell. This release is part of the 2014 … [Read More...]

France: Jean-Philippe Rameau Gold and Silver Coins

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The Monnaie de Paris has issued gold and silver coins to honor composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. He was the official composer of the Versailles Court from 1745 and is considered one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era. This release is part of the Europa Coin Programme, which is a coordination between European Union member countries to issue coins … [Read More...]

Finland: 2014 First Mark and Numismatics Gold Coin

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Today, the Mint of Finland has released their first and only gold coin of the year as a tribute to the birth of Finland's national currency and an homage to numismatists. The design of the new gold coin features elements from the first silver Finnish mark minted in 1864. The original silver mark, which can be seen here, featured on the obverse a depiction of the two-headed Russian eagle and the … [Read More...]

2014 Australian Great White Shark 1/2 oz Silver Bullion Coins

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The Perth Mint has released a new silver bullion coin featuring the Great White Shark. The Australian legal tender coins carry a limited mintage of 300,000 pieces. The reverse design by Natasha Muhl carries a fearsome depiction of a Great White Shark with the outline of two other sharks swimming in the background. Inscriptions around the outer circle include "Great White Shark" and "2014 … [Read More...]

Royal Canadian Mint Offers $50 for $50 Silver Coin

2014 Polar Bear $50 Silver Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new "$50 for $50" silver coin series, which offers 99.99% pure silver coins priced at the face value of $50. The new series follows the same concept as the ongoing "$20 for $20" and "$100 for $100" silver coin series. The 2014 Polar Bear $50 for $50 Silver Coin features an original design by Emily Damstra depicting a polar bear within an arctic … [Read More...]

Royal Canadian Mint New Product Releases April 2014

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The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders from the general public for a wide array of new releases. The products include coins struck in gold, platinum, and silver, across a range of sizes, in both new and ongoing series. Several of the new releases have already sold out online. All of the new products can now be found within the new releases section of the Royal Canadian Mint’s … [Read More...]

Perth Mint New Product Releases April 2014

2014 Australian Sovereign

The Perth Mint of Australia has started accepting orders for another round of new product releases. This includes the annual Australian Gold Sovereign, a new high relief silver proof coin, a 1 kilo silver proof coin, and the latest releases from two ongoing series. For collectors in the United States, sales began at March 31, 2014 at 12:01 PM ET. These coins can all be found as the first … [Read More...]

Perth Mint 2013 Gold and Silver Bullion Coins Declared Mintages

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The Perth Mint has recently provided the declared mintages for all of their 2013-dated gold and silver bullion coins. I wanted to take a look at these figures in more detail since they show some noteworthy shifts from the prior year. Some of the Perth Mint's bullion coins are subject to stated maximum mintage levels. These can either sell out at the maximum or have production closed off before … [Read More...]

Australia 2014 Lest We Forget $5 Silver Triangular Coin

Lest We Forget Silver Coin

The Royal Australian Mint will soon release a coin under their Anzac Centenary Coin Program which features an innovative triangular shape. The coin pays tribute to Australians and New Zealanders who have stepped forward to serve. The reverse design of the coin features a symbolic scene at dawn framed within the triangular shape of the coin including the inscription "At the going down of the … [Read More...]

Kremnica Mint Considers Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

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Earlier this week, the Kremnica Mint of Slovakia announced that they were considering producing and issuing gold and silver investment coins which would be known as "royalty coins." According to a news release, the new bullion coins would be produced under license of an African country such as Gabon, Congo, or Niue Island. The obverse of the coin would include the the face value, name of the … [Read More...]