Switzerland: Klausen Pass commemorative silver coin begins new Alpine Pass series

The Swiss Federal Mint have launched (25th January) a new commemorative coin which is part of a new three-year series of coins which focuses on Swiss Alpine passes. The first coin features the Klausen Pass, which is 1,948 metres high (6,400 feet) and 46 kilometres long (40 miles), and links the valley of Schächental in […]

Austria: Easter’s on its way with a charming new silver collector coin

The Mint of Austria have unveiled (29th January) a new collector coin which was released just in time for Easter with its depiction of one of the more well-known Easter rabbit figurines in Austria. The new 2018-dated collector coin also celebrates the 300th anniversary of the manufacture of porcelain in Vienna. Designed by ceramicist and […]

British Indian Ocean Territory: Impressive coconut crab features on new titanium crown coin

The government and treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have issued (16th January) a new crown coin produced in both titanium and cupro-nickel which focuses on one of the most curious indigenous animals that are widely found in the region: The coconut crab. One the world’s largest land arthropods, coconut crabs are famous for […]

Canada: Tree of life silver coin introduces a special celebration for 2018

The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new silver coin which is specifically aimed at gift-givers who have coin collectors on their list. The theme of the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2018-dated gift coin is based on the idea of a “tree of life” or “a sacred tree” which is found in many early mythologies with […]

Armenia: New technology incorporated into latest bank note featuring Noah’s Ark theme

The Central Bank of Armenia have issued (22nd November) a new commemorative bank note which pays homage to the story of Noah’s Ark — a biblical story which has a particular connection to the land of Armenia and its people. In the Book of Genesis, the Mountains of Ararat are the place where Noah’s Ark came […]

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 […]

King Michael of Romania dies, aged 96

The press office of the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, the official residence of the former Romanian royal family, have announced the death of Romania’s former King Michael, who passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 96. The royal family’s statement indicated that Michael died at his long-time home in Switzerland, where he […]

Australia: Possum Magic baby Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated coin sets for 2018 released

The Royal Australian Mint have launched their new 2018-dated Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coin sets which are specially prepared for gift-giving to babies born in the new year, and youngsters who are perhaps celebrating their first or second birthdays. The 2018 coin sets include a magical theme and continue the hugely successful Possum Magic one and […]

Slovakia: World Natural Heritage UNESCO site Caves of Slovak Karst features on new gold coin

The National Bank of Slovakia have issued (15th November) their latest gold coin within their currently running series “World Natural Heritage,” which highlights geographical areas of the country that are of particular natural beauty and are part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) list of protected areas. This year’s coin is […]

“Past & Present” considers the next-of-kin plaques from the Great War

In 1917, while World War I raged, the British government set up a committee to create a memorial plaque to be sent to the next-of-kin of any British subject who died as a result of the war (this included those who died in training or from natural causes, so long as it was determined to be war-related.) A […]