Space-flown material from all six shuttles in new Cook Islands collector coin

On April 12, 1981, the space shuttle Columbia roared off the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first mission in what would be a 30-year program, culminating in July 2011 with the final space mission of the shuttle Atlantis. All told, the five active shuttles completed 135 flights, carrying […]

British Virgin Islands: New Silver Reverse-Proof Coin Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The government and Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (24th January) a new coin that marks the 65th anniversary, or “Sapphire Jubilee,” of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who will herself mark the solemn occasion on the 6th February. Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, […]

Ares, God of War, Inaugurates New Series from Niue Island

In ancient Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses did not create the universe but were created by it. Rather than standing above the natural world, superior to it, they embodied the qualities of the world that created them. Thus we can see that the ancient Greeks used their deities to describe and explain the world as […]

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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]