2015 Sir Winston Churchill UK £20 Silver Coin

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The Royal Mint has started accepting orders for the third release within the "£20 for £20" silver coin series. The coin honors Sir Winston Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his death. Churchill had served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He is regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, won the Nobel Prize for … [Read More...]

Royal Canadian Mint New Product Releases January 2015

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The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders for their first batch of new product releases for 2015. This month's selections are focused more on Canadian themes as compared to some previous months which offered a greater diversity of themes. The new releases highlight the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada's first Prime Minister. A new … [Read More...]

Finland: Jean Sibelius Gold and Silver Collector Coins

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The Mint of Finland has started accepting advance orders for gold and silver coins issued in honor of Jean Sibelius, a Finnish composer whose music played an important role in the formation of Finnish national identity. Sibelius has previously been featured on the Finnish 100 mark bill as well as gold and silver commemorative coins issued in 1999. The new collector coins are struck to mark the … [Read More...]

Perth Mint New Product Releases January 2015

2015 Australian Opal Rough Scaled Python Silver Coin

The Perth Mint has started accepting orders for their first batch of new product releases for this year. The coins include the latest releases within the Australian Opal and Australian Posters of World War I series. There are also new coins to celebrate the Year of the Goat and the gilded edition of the Australian Koala. All of the new coins can be found as the first entries within the recent … [Read More...]

Austria 2015 Cosmology Silver and Niobium 25 Euro Coin

2015 Cosmology Niobium Silver coin

The Austrian Mint has recently unveiled the coming year's niobium and silver coin which carries a theme of cosmology. Following the format of last year's issue, the niobium core features two different shades of color. While last year's Evolution themed coin used the colors green and blue, this year's coin features the much more contrasting colors of yellow and blue. The colors are attained … [Read More...]

2014 Christmas and Holiday Themed Coins

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Leading up to the holiday season, World Mint News Blog and Coin Update have covered many of the Christmas or holiday themed coins offered by various world mints. In this post, I wanted to bring together a showcase of these coins which feature great diversity in design and in technological enhancements. Each coin image will be followed by some brief comments and a link back to the full original … [Read More...]

New Look for Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Coins

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The Royal Canadian Mint's 2015-dated Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins will include a new security enhancement which will give the coins a new appearance. A complex radial line finish has been added across the background fields of both the obverse and reverse design. The same enhancement had been added to the Silver Maple Leaf starting with the 2014-dated issue, providing a much different and … [Read More...]

Latvia 2014 Baroque of Courland 5 Euro Silver Coin

Baroque of Courland Silver Coin

The Bank of Latvia has released their latest collector coin, which is dedicated to the Baroque art style in Courland. The silver coin is intended to serve as a reminder of the Lestene Church and and woodcarvings by Nicolaus Söffrens. The largest Baroque ensemble in Courland used to be located in Lestene Church. The altar, pulpit, confession and congregational benches and the organ case, all … [Read More...]

Notes from the 2014 Libertad Underground

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Like the Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican Libertad mintage number release days are cryptic, unnerving, and lead to profound thoughts like “I need to look into becoming the Indiana Jones of Mexican banking laws a little more closely- there's got to be a way to find more of these.” Libertads are as elusive as stock market manipulations by high frequency traders. But unlike the Nasdaq, Libertads … [Read More...]

Canada 2015 Beaver $50 for $50 Silver Coin

2015 Beaver $50 Silver Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting orders for a new coin within the "$50 for $50" silver coin series featuring the Beaver. The product line offers the opportunity to purchase a 99.99% pure silver coin for its face value of $50. The reverse design of the new coin features a captivating image of a beaver in motion. The beaver is shown swimming with its head just above the surface … [Read More...]