2016 “Australia’s First Mints” Gold and Silver Coins

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The Royal Australian Mint has released new coins emulating Australian sovereigns produced by the country's first Mints. Early Australian branches of the Royal (British) Mint were established in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, in the years 1855, 1872, and 1899, respectively. The Royal Australian Mint was not established until 1965. Each of Australia's mints had a distinctive single-letter mint … [Read More...]

Canada 2016 Tyrannosaurus Rex “$20 for $20” Fine Silver Coin

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The Royal Canadian Mint has released "Tyrannosaurus Rex," its first "$20 for $20" face value fine silver coin of 2016. As with previous coins in this series, the coin is composed of silver that is 99.99% pure and is available for the price of its $20 face value. It weighs 7.96 grams, with a diameter of 27 mm and a mintage limited to 300,000 pieces. An order limit of five per household is also in … [Read More...]

Perth Mint Releases 2016 Year of the Monkey Opal Lunar Series Silver Proof Coin

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Today, January 5, the Perth Mint released the 2016 Australian Opal Lunar Series "Year of the Monkey" 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin, which costs $104.54 AUD ($75.43 USD) and has a mintage limited to 5,000 pieces. It measures 36.6 mm in diameter and is composed of an ounce of silver that is 99.9% pure. Natasha Muhl served as the designer. The reverse design includes an image of a monkey rendered in … [Read More...]

2016 Bullion Releases From China, Australia, and Austria

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Precious metal dealers are now selling a wide selection of 2016 bullion coins issued by various world mints. World Mint News Blog has already looked at the United Kingdom's 2016 Brittanias and Canada's 2016 Silver Howling Wolves and Wolf-marked Silver Maple Leafs, and with just a few hours left in 2015 it's a good time to consider other issues released in time for New Year's. China's 2016 … [Read More...]

France 2015 Christmas Truce 5 oz. Silver and 1/4 oz. Gold Proof Coins

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The Monnaie de Paris has issued its 2015 Great War Christmas Truce Proof Coins as part of an ongoing series honoring the centenary of World War I. The design comes in a five-ounce silver version, which costs €435 and has a mintage limit of 500 pieces, and a 1/4-ounce gold issue, which costs €480 and has a mintage limited to 1915 coins. The new coin's design highlights the war's impact on … [Read More...]

Canada’s 2016 3/4 oz. Silver Howling Wolves

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The Royal Canadian Mint has issued the 2016 3/4 oz. Silver Howling Wolves bullion coins, composed of silver that is 99.99% pure and carrying a Brilliant Uncirculated finish. This is the second release in Canada's Grey Wolf series, which celebrates the species' return to prosperity after coming dangerously close to extinction. The coin measures 38.1 mm in diameter and is 2.4 mm thick. New … [Read More...]

New Zealand Mint Issues Star Wars: The Force Awakens Collectible Coins

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The New Zealand Mint has issued three coins in a Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection featuring new characters from the blockbuster film. Each of these Proof coins is composed of an ounce of silver that is 99.9% pure, with a mintage limit of 10,000 units and a diameter of 40 mm. They are available for $85.00 a piece. The latest release in the series is the Rey 1 oz. Silver Coin, the … [Read More...]

2016 Australian Proof Set Celebrates Anniversary of Decimal Currency

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The Royal Australian Mint has issued its 2016 6-Coin Proof Year Set, which celebrates the 50 anniversary of the year the country discontinued a system emulating the British pound, shilling, and pence model in favor of its current decimal currency. The collection costs $90.91 AUD and has a mintage limited to 50,000 sets. Six denominations are included. They are 5 cents; 10 cents (obverse … [Read More...]

Canada’s 2016 Silver Maple Leaf “Wolf” Bullion Coins Sell Out in 41 Days

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The Royal Canadian Mint has reported that it has sold all 50,000 of its 2016 "Wild Canada" Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins featuring a "Wolf" privy mark and a Reverse Proof finish. The Mint sells its bullion issues to a network of authorized buyers, who then make the coins available to the public. A press release notes that available inventory for the issue was claimed by buyers in 41 days, far … [Read More...]

More Year of the Monkey Releases From the Perth Mint

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The Perth Mint continues to release more of its Year of the Monkey issues, which allude to 2016's place in a twelve-year lunar cycle according to Chinese astrology. Included in the Mint's December releases are the 2016 Monkey King 1 oz. Silver Colored Coin and the 2016 Year of the Monkey 1 oz. Gold Proof High Relief Coin. The 2015 Monkey King coin is composed of 99.9% silver, measures 45.6 mm … [Read More...]