Australia: The “Voice of Cricket” Honored on New 50-Cent Coin

On November 24, the Royal Australian Mint released a special collectible coin honoring the “voice of cricket,” Richie Benaud (1930–2015). One of Australia’s greatest all-rounders, Benaud played his last test cricket match in 1964. He held a remarkable playing record as the first test player to score 2000 runs and take 200 wickets, never losing […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—or at Least One of Them

Fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and movies are lined up around the block this holiday season to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The latest installment of the franchise takes place in 1920s America, where British wizard and magical-creature specialist Newt Scamander loses a few of his fantastic beasts. There’s no shortage […]

United Kingdom: “The Griffin,” Second of the Queen’s Beasts Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

On December 9, 2016, the Royal Mint will release the second of 10 coins in the “Queen’s Beasts” series. The first coin was released in March 2016. The original Queen’s Beasts were a series of statues representing the lineage of Queen Elizabeth II. For her coronation in 1953, a temporary annex was built at the […]

Monnaie de Paris: Third “French Excellence” Series Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Van Cleef and Arpels

Since 2014, the Monnaie de Paris have teamed up each year with one of 70 producers of French luxury goods to produce the “French Excellence” limited-edition coin series. Each year’s series brings together and celebrates two different kinds of craftsmanship. The Paris Mint’s contribution, of course, is metalwork. The first year’s partner, Baccarat, which was […]

Thailand: Demand for Coins, Currency of King Rama IX Chakri Skyrockets as Nation Grieves

On October 25 the Bangkok Post reported that demand for memorabilia concerning the late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, has reached “unprecedented levels” among grieving Thai citizens. Books, stamps, medals, coins, and banknotes have been flying off the shelves, and prices for these items have risen accordingly. “A small Bhamahachanaka coin has now tripled in price to […]

Canada: 2017 Sesquicentennial Circulating Coin Designs Released

Next year, as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary (“Canada 150,” as it’s popularly called), the Royal Canadian Mint will issue a special series of 2017-dated circulating coins. Each of the denominations ($2, $1, 25 cents, 10 cents, and 5 cents) will bear a reverse design pertaining to one of five themes in a […]

Perth Mint Offers 2016 High-Relief Silver Proof Three-Coin Collection

  The Perth Mint has released its annual three-coin set featuring high-relief Proof strikes of its silver Kookaburra, Kangaroo, and Koala coins. Each .999 fine silver coin in the set contains one ounce of pure silver, struck in gleaming Proof format at a diameter of 32.6 mm and a maximum thickness of 6 mm. The obverse […]

South Africa Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Krugerrand with Silver and Platinum Issues

On July 3, 1967, South Africa minted the world’s first bullion coin: the gold Krugerrand. At the time, the country produced 70-75% of the world’s gold, but many governments refused to touch it due to the country’s apartheid policies. Economic and political uncertainty were having the same effect on individuals it is having today: nervous […]

Fiji: Unique Collector Coin Honors 75th Anniversary of Captain America

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Marvel Comics’ Captain America, Fiji has issued a legal-tender silver collector coin that fans will appreciate. Numerous commemorative and collector coins have taken advantage of the convex format, but this one may be the single most appropriate design for a domed coin: Captain America’s shield. It is also […]

On Monday, Maddison Simmonds at reported that the Perth Mint has placed three of Australia’s rarest historical coins on display for the first time ever. The three coins—a cent from 1930 and two gold 1852 Adelaide pound coins (Type 1 and Type 2)—have a collective value of nearly AU$250,000. The exceptional penny specimen on display […]