Czech Republic’s first bullion coin: Beautiful and unusual in more ways than one

For the first time ever, the Czech Republic has issued bullion investment coins. Introduced at the Investor Prague Show, the Czech Lion joins the ranks of the American Eagle, the Chinese Panda, the U.K.’s Britannia, the Australian Kangaroo, and several other government-guaranteed bullion programs. The Lion also joins a more exclusive club: well-designed, low-mintage bullion […]

After Hurricane Irma, the Pobjoy Mint sets up relief fund for the British Virgin Islands

As most World Mint News Blog readers know, the Pobjoy Mint is a private company in the United Kingdom that produces circulating and collector coinage on behalf of governments, central banks, and major companies worldwide. One entity with which Pobjoy has had a long-standing arrangement, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), was among the many places hit […]

Fourth and final coin in popular Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection now available for pre-order

The fourth and final release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Benjamin Bunny and is now available for pre-order. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is distinct from Potter’s other four books given that the story was written entirely from scratch, unlike the aforementioned which were based on her own private letters. Benjamin Bunny’s tale […]

Royal Canadian Mint Act authorizes special loonie to commemorate centennial of Toronto Maple Leafs

On June 22, 2017, the Royal Canadian Mint Act authorized the issuance of a $1 circulation coin (the denomination fondly known in Canada as the “loonie”) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. The “Rationale” section of the act states the following: The 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs is […]

Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Great Trail with a new silver collector coin

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Royal Canadian Mint has launched an exciting new rectangular silver coin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 24,000-kilometre Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail), which will soon connect Canada from its Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts. This coin was celebrated at an event held beside the Meewasin […]

Special 2018 Somali Elephant designs available at the World’s Fair of Money

The following is a re-post from World Mint News Blog’s sister site, Coin Update. Collectors love limited-mintage special editions of familiar coins—and mints are happy to provide them. Last February, at Berlin’s World Money Fair, 1,000 silver Somali Elephant coins with a special privy mark (which included the Berlin world clock) were sold to avid […]

Tuvalu and the Perth Mint celebrate the 2017 Diwali festival with colorful silver coin

The Perth Mint, in conjunction with the island of Tuvalu, has released a 1-ounce silver coin honoring the Hindu “festival of light” called Diwali. Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs not just in India but around the world, Diwali is a five-day festival in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of love and good fortune. Her […]

Commemorative Panda medals celebrate 45 years of Sino-German friendship

In 2017, the People’s Republic of China and the Federal Republic of Germany celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations. Together with Michael Hans Chou (owner of Champion Leilo Co., Hong Kong), the auction house Künker took this as an occasion to initiate two medals of which the German version’s very […]

Perth Mint’s rare $1.8m coin trilogy sold

The pinnacle of the Perth Mint’s long-term association with Rio Tinto and Argyle Pink Diamonds, the Australian Trilogy is an incomparable combination of precious metals and rare, natural, fancy-colored diamonds unearthed from the Argyle Diamond Mine in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia. “This coveted collection of diamond-studded gold and platinum coins has raised […]

Niue Island: New “Great Cities” coin features Tokyo, the dynamic capital of Japan

Niue Island and the New Zealand Mint have released the “Great Cities” collection’s fifth coin, which features Japan’s dynamic capital city, Tokyo. (The previous cities featured were Copenhagen, Shanghai, London, and New York.) Originally a small fishing village known as Edo, the growing city became the nation’s political center in 1603; its name was changed to Tokyo (tō, […]