New Zealand: Latest honeybee collector coin unveiled features mānuka honey

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have unveiled (13th February) their second collector coin which focuses on the country’s lucrative honey industry. Following on the huge success of the Reserve Bank’s release of their first honey bee coin last year, a second coin is to be issued which features the golden nectar from the mānuka […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi — and the coins to match

Last Friday, December 15, 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened in theaters and scored the second largest opening in sales ever, only to be outdone by the previous installment, The Force Awakens, which was released two years prior. After earning a staggering $450 million in just three days, the film appears to be another […]

The Huns latest to be featured in popular “Warriors of History” series

The New Zealand Mint has released its 10th coin in the popular “Warriors of History” series on October 30. The warriors featured on this coin are some of the most feared in all of human history: the Huns. The Huns were renowned for their skill with the bow and the terrifying efficiency with which they […]

New Zealand Mint celebrates 90 years of love between Mickey and Minnie Mouse

2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the magical relationship between Mickey and Minnie Mouse, which first became canon in Steamboat Willie in 1928. Operating essentially as the face of Disney, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are two of the most iconic figures in all of television history. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the New Zealand Mint […]

Early October releases from Niue commemorate “Battles That Changed History” and two Disney classics

In the first half of October, the New Zealand Mint has produced seven new commemorative coins for the island of Niue, with themes covering the Battle of Trafalgar, the 80th anniversary of the animated Disney movie Snow White, and Disney’s 1983 production of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Each of these new coins comes in a Proof finish, with the exception of the […]

The New Zealand Mint reveals extensive numismatic September smorgasbord

The New Zealand Mint has recently unveiled their comprehensive selection of products for the month of September. Among these exciting new releases are the extremely popular Lunar Series Year of the Dog Coins, in addition to a variety of officially licensed Disney coins ranging from the Star Wars franchise to The Three Little Pigs. The […]

New Zealand Mint entombs silver coin in loving memory of the Pumpkin King

For many millenials, the 1993 stop-motion fantasy musical film The Nightmare Before Christmas, by Tim Burton, is a formative masterpiece. To this day, the film holds a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert described the visuals in Nightmare to be “as revolutionary as Star Wars.” Niue Island commissioned the New Zealand Mint to produce a […]

Second coin in “Battles That Changed History” series depicts the one that broke Bonaparte

In our first foray into Niue Island’s “Battles That Changed History” series, we examined a coin that commemorated the pivotal victory of joint American and French forces against the British army at Yorktown, Virginia, in the fall of 1781. For the next major rout to be depicted in the series, Niue Island, collaborating with the New Zealand Mint, […]

Niue takes you to their leader with new UFO-themed coin

While the infamous descriptor of “flying saucer” was not coined until the 1930s, we now have a coin decades later that literally imitates the alien vehicle on a miniature scale. To commemorate the 70-year anniversary of the Roswell Incident, which took place in the summer of 1947, the quaint island nation of Niue has commissioned […]

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, […]