Palau & Coin Invest Trust issue “Sand Dollar” silver dollars

Sand dollars are popular souvenirs collected by tourists and beachcombers around the world. The sun-bleached skeletons of these sea urchins resemble old Spanish and American dollar coins, which led early settlers to refer to them as “sand dollars.” In Spanish-speaking countries they are often known as galletas de mar—“sea biscuits” or “sea cookies.” In Christian symbolism, the unique patterns … [Read More...]

National precious-metals dealer releases the 1/2-oz. New Zealand Bounty silver coin to U.S. investors

The following is a press release courtesy of Money Metals Exchange. Money Metals Exchange, a leading U.S. precious metals dealer, has just released the half-ounce Bounty coin to the public through an exclusive arrangement with the New Zealand Mint. Demand for half-ounce silver bullion is significant, yet few legal-tender mints (including the U.S. Mint) offer this size. That is changing … [Read More...]

British Indian Ocean Territory: Indigenous green turtle featured on new titanium colour crown

The government and Treasury of the British Indian Ocean Territory have issued (15th March) two new crown coins, their first-ever produced in coloured titanium. The coins, befittingly, feature one of the territory’s most familiar reptilian residents, the green turtle. Also known by its scientific name, Chelonia mydas, this large sea turtle takes its name not from its shell, which is brown to black … [Read More...]

Canada: 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup celebrated on new 25¢ circulation coin

Press release courtesy of the Royal Canadian Mint. (Ottawa)—One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the former governor general of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, donated a silver challenge cup to recognize the best amateur hockey team in in the country. Today the legendary Stanley Cup is making a Canadian homecoming in the form of millions of 25-cent commemorative circulation coins issued by … [Read More...]

Canada: “The Sugar Shack” captures iconic practice of making maple syrup

The Royal Canadian Mint have launched a silver coin that pays tribute to one of the country’s best-known commodities: that of delicious maple syrup. Going back almost to the time of the first inhabitants of the region now known as Canada, the process of collecting maple sap and turning it into syrup has been part of life for literally generations. The tradition of maple syrup dates back to … [Read More...]

The Netherlands: “Lion daalder” reborn in new gold and silver bullion coins

The following is a cross-post from World Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. The Royal Dutch Mint have unveiled their newest silver and gold 1-ounce coins, which are based on one of the world’s most well-known and trusted trade coins of the late 16th century. The famed lion daalder (or leeuwendaalder) was first minted by the Province of Holland in 1575 as a means of increasing trade … [Read More...]

Hungary: 200th birthday of János Arany commemorated in three metals

(Coin & Currency Institute, Williston, Vermont)—János Arany is called one of the key figures in Hungarian literature and political life. He was a poet, teacher, editor, secretary of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and one of the best-known and most renowned figures in Hungarian literature. The National Bank of Hungary is marking the 200th anniversary of his birth with a 5,000-forint … [Read More...]

United Kingdom: Beware big prices on trial versions of new £1 coin

The following is a re-post from World Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. At the end of this month, the United Kingdom’s new 12-sided pound coin goes into circulation. But if you go on ebay, you can find scores of the 12-sided coins, dated 2015 and marked as trial items, selling for £125 (about $155) or more. (While researching this blog post, we went on ebay and found a dozen recent … [Read More...]

Libertad Varieties

One of the joys of Libertad collecting is that even if you have think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t. This month a 2015 two-ounce silver Proof Libertad with a “detached wing” designation from NGC sold for $799. You can clearly see the wing looks like it was detached from the winged angel’s body—and of course, anybody who has read Gabriel García Márquez knows that real angels have wings that are … [Read More...]

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 artwork on each of the four … [Read More...]