Some readers may know that my other site CoinUpdate.com provides coverage of many new world releases within the world coins section. While I try not to be too redundant with coverage on this site, there are some interesting recent releases that I would like to highlight here as well.
The Italian State Mint has recently released a 10 Euro Silver Coin which pays tribute to Michelangelo. This issue is part of the 2012 Europa Coin Programme that I had previously covered. Michelangelo is without a doubt the most well known artist represented within the series. The mintage of the coin is limited to 7,000 pieces.
The Mint of Poland has issued gold and silver coins which honor Mathematician Stefan Banach. The designs are quite intriguing as they contain mathematical formulas and concepts. Mathematics does not seem to be a very frequently occurring topic for coins. I believe there were some issues honoring Albert Einstein which contained mathematical symbols.
The Pobjoy Mint has struck a new coin for Ascension Island which is billed as having the highest relief ever used on a coin. Recently there have been some high relief coins issued by other world mints that have captured collector attention. This coin is issued in proof quality gold or silver piedfort with double thickness. While I probably will not purchase this coin, I think it would certainly be interesting to see in hand.
Another issue from the Mint of Poland celebrates the 150th anniversary of the National Museum of Warsaw. I particularly like the obverse design of the coin which features a stylized image of the Egyptian gold Anubis. The shape of the image and arrangement of the inscriptions leaves a lot of empty space, which I think comes across as visually appealing and distinctive. This is one issue which I will try to pick up.