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 box office success. However, it may become one of the most divisive and … [Read More...]

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 had lived for several decades while in exile. King Michael was … [Read More...]

A silver bar walks into a mint

A surprise 2017 release from the Mexican Mint comes to us in kilo silver. The first surprise is that the 2017 kilo silver Libertad is the key to the series. With a mintage of just 200, it is the lowest minted Libertad to date. That includes all Libertads, in both silver and gold. The previous key was the 1998 Proof silver with a mintage of 300 — which goes for between $2,500 and $5,000. Now, not … [Read More...]

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 two dollar coin sets dedicated to … [Read More...]

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 dedicated to the Caves … [Read More...]

The Netherlands: Defense line of Amsterdam features on latest Dutch UNESCO sites series of collector coins

The Royal Dutch Mint have released (21st November) the latest gold and silver coins in its popular Dutch UNESCO series highlighting the many locations and landmarks recognised as UNESCO Heritage Sites in the Netherlands. This year’s coin features the Defense Line of Amsterdam, which is a 135-kilometre (83-mile) defense line surrounding the greater perimeter of Amsterdam. It was built between 1880 … [Read More...]

Canada: The nation’s great seal beautifully depicted on new ultra-high relief silver coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new silver coin which depicts one of the country’s most revered symbols of law and government: The Great Seal of Canada. A respected tradition since Confederation, the Great Seal signifies the formal sanction of the Crown, the authority of the Canadian government, and the authenticity of the nation’s most important documents. Its effigy of Her Majesty Queen … [Read More...]

Legal tender coin struck in antique bronze shows historic Hungarian public square

As a result of limited quantities and appealing subjects, Hungary’s annual 2,000-forint coin showing its national memorials has become a virtual sell-out after just a few years of existence. This year should be no exception. The fourth issue in the series, in which the coins are struck in patinated antique bronze, is dedicated to Kossuth Tér (“square”), on the 90th anniversary of its being named … [Read More...]

“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 competition was held to design the plaque; the deadline for judging had to be extended when … [Read More...]

Anniversaries and icons continue to shine on new Royal Canadian Mint collector coins

Canadian symbols and cultural icons grace the newest offering of collector coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, which also shine a spotlight on a number of historic milestones. All of these collectibles are currently available to the public. Leading the list is the 70th wedding anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, commemorated on … [Read More...]