India: Reserve Bank introduces first-ever 200-rupee bank-note denomination

In a surprise move, the Reserve Bank of India have issued their first-ever 200-rupee bank-note denomination. Released on the 25th August, the 200 rupees is included in their new family of revised “Mahatma” bank notes. The first of the new series was a 2,000-rupee note; also a new denomination for India, it was introduced in the […]

France: New “Masterpieces” coin series pays tribute to the masterworks of French museums

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new coin series which will focus primarily on some of the most memorable art treasures and masterpieces housed in many of France’s landmark museums and historical monuments. The three-year “Masterpieces of the Museums” series commemorates major artistic eras such as the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and Impressionism, and aims […]

Lithuania: Popular “Lithuanian Nature” series continues with Lithuanian hound and Žemaitukas horse

The Bank of Lithuania have issued (21st July) two new coins which highlight two of the more distinctive breeds of animal which are unique to the small Baltic state: the Lithuanian hound and the Žemaitukas, a particular breed of horse. If a dog or a horse is considered to be a man’s best friend, the […]

British Antarctic Territory: Endearing crabeater seal features on blue titanium crown

The government and treasury of the British Antarctic Territory have issued (14th July) a new, titanium coin which features a delightful image of the crabeater seal, or Lobodon carcinophaga, to use its designated scientific name. The crabeater seal is found in a circumpolar distribution around the coast of Antarctica and is a mammal that, despite its name, does not feed […]

United Kingdom: Prince Philip’s lifetime of service honoured with new gold and silver crown coins

The following is a re-post from our sister site, Coin Update. It was announced today that special crown coins will be issued in August to pay tribute to the lifetime of official service which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has given to the nation. It was announced by Buckingham Palace on the 4th May that […]

Belgium: Closure of Royal Mint results in discounted coins available to collectors

Embed from Getty Images Photo shows a commemorative five euro coin featuring a portrait of Belgian Nobel prize winner Francois Englert at the Royal Mint in Brussels on November 4, 2014. (THIERRY ROGE / AFP / Getty Images)  The following is a courtesy post from our sister site, Coin Update. In the wake of the […]

United Kingdom: Centennial of royal dynasty celebrated on new crown coin

The following is a reblog courtesy of World Mint News Blog’s sister site, Coin Update. On January 1, the Royal Mint unveiled a new Crown coin that marks the centennial anniversary of the introduction of the British Royal family’s dynastic name—that of Windsor, which was introduced in 1917. The circumstances of why the British Royal family […]

British Virgin Islands: New silver coin issued for Kennedy birth centennial

The Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (12th April) a new silver crown coin marking the centenary of the birth of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America. John Kennedy was elected as the youngest president of the United States after a hard-fought campaign in November 1960 against Republican candidate […]

British Indian Ocean Territory: Indigenous green turtle featured on new titanium colour crown

The government and Treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have issued (15th March) two new crown coins, their first-ever produced in coloured titanium. The coins, befittingly, feature one of the territory’s most familiar reptilian residents, the green turtle. Also known by its scientific name, Chelonia mydas, this large sea turtle takes its name not […]

Canada: “The Sugar Shack” captures iconic practice of making maple syrup

The Royal Canadian Mint have launched a silver coin that pays tribute to one of the country’s best-known commodities: that of delicious maple syrup. Going back almost to the time of the first inhabitants of the region now known as Canada, the process of collecting maple sap and turning it into syrup has been part […]