Italy: Beautiful city of Trento featured on “Italy of the Arts” coin series

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) have released (19th September) a new €5 silver Proof coin which is the second of two 2017 coins in the hugely successful series “Italy of the Arts.” The smaller of these two coins for features the beautiful city of Trento—where architecture, art, history, and nature perfectly blend together. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: One valuable £5 note with rare engraving remains to be found

Embed from Getty Images Last September, the Bank of England released a new £5 polymer banknote featuring a portrait of Winston Churchill. Thanks to the efforts of artist Graham Short and gallery owner Tony Huggins-Haig, four of those notes are worth about £50,000. Huggins-Haig commissioned Short, a renowned British miniature engraver, to etch a tiny […]

Guernsey: Silver crown coins issued for Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The government and Treasury of Guernsey have issued new crown coins to mark the Sapphire Jubilee (65th anniversary of accession) of HM Queen Elizabeth II, which occurred today, the 6th February. On the 9th September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning English monarch. The event, although a very low-key celebration, was a milestone in terms of […]

2017 COTY Award First-Round Voting: Who Will Be the Winners?

Yesterday (December 11), the jurists for the 2017 COTY (Coin of the Year) Award wrapped up their first round of voting. Inaugurated in 1984 by Krause Publications’ World Coin News, the COTY Awards have grown to international prestige. Today the competition is co-sponsored by World Coin News, the annual World Money Fair, and the Journal of East […]

Thailand: Demand for Coins, Currency of King Rama IX Chakri Skyrockets as Nation Grieves

On October 25 the Bangkok Post reported that demand for memorabilia concerning the late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, has reached “unprecedented levels” among grieving Thai citizens. Books, stamps, medals, coins, and banknotes have been flying off the shelves, and prices for these items have risen accordingly. “A small Bhamahachanaka coin has now tripled in price to […]

Ancient Roman Coins Unearthed in Okinawa, Japan

This post updated on October 4, 11:40 a.m., to add a link to an informative historical article (scroll down to the ☆). According to the Japan Times, four ancient Roman coins and a coin from the Ottoman Empire have been unearthed at UNESCO World Heritage Site Katsuren Castle. The Roman coins appear to be from […]