Second coin in “Battles That Changed History” series depicts the one that broke Bonaparte

In our first foray into Niue Island’s “Battles That Changed History” series, we examined a coin that commemorated the pivotal victory of joint American and French forces against the British army at Yorktown, Virginia, in the fall of 1781. For the next major rout to be depicted in the series, Niue Island, collaborating with the New Zealand Mint, has selected the Battle of Waterloo. The Battle of … [Read More...]

France: New “Masterpieces” coin series pays tribute to the masterworks of French museums

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new coin series which will focus primarily on some of the most memorable art treasures and masterpieces housed in many of France’s landmark museums and historical monuments. The three-year "Masterpieces of the Museums" series commemorates major artistic eras such as the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and Impressionism, and aims to honour two major … [Read More...]

Niue takes you to their leader with new UFO-themed coin

While the infamous descriptor of “flying saucer” was not coined until the 1930s, we now have a coin decades later that literally imitates the alien vehicle on a miniature scale. To commemorate the 70-year anniversary of the Roswell Incident, which took place in the summer of 1947, the quaint island nation of Niue has commissioned a coin worthy of the occasion. A dated article from The Sacramento … [Read More...]

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 collectors. The 2017-dated coins bore the … [Read More...]

Lithuania: Popular “Lithuanian Nature” series continues with Lithuanian hound and Žemaitukas horse

The Bank of Lithuania have issued (21st July) two new coins which highlight two of the more distinctive breeds of animal which are unique to the small Baltic state: the Lithuanian hound and the Žemaitukas, a particular breed of horse. If a dog or a horse is considered to be a man’s best friend, the Lithuanian hound and Žemaitukas could be called companions of the Lithuanian people. The two … [Read More...]

Tuvalu and the Perth Mint celebrate the 2017 Diwali festival with colorful silver coin

The Perth Mint, in conjunction with the island of Tuvalu, has released a 1-ounce silver coin honoring the Hindu “festival of light” called Diwali. Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs not just in India but around the world, Diwali is a five-day festival in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of love and good fortune. Her symbol is gold, so, naturally, gold is the focus of the joyous gift-giving … [Read More...]

British Antarctic Territory: Endearing crabeater seal features on blue titanium crown

The government and treasury of the British Antarctic Territory have issued (14th July) a new, titanium coin which features a delightful image of the crabeater seal, or Lobodon carcinophaga, to use its designated scientific name. The crabeater seal is found in a circumpolar distribution around the coast of Antarctica and is a mammal that, despite its name, does not feed exclusively on crabs. Its … [Read More...]

Mexico: 35 is the new 25

Libertad collecting is a joyous hobby that rests somewhere between the adrenal-stimulating activity of cliff diving and the patient detail-sifting of prospecting sand. This year’s surprise offering from Mexico’s mint is a first. Like the Reverse Proof set of two years ago, it has a precedent: the collecting of bullion silver bars. It also pays homage to the Libertad’s roots as a bullion coin. This … [Read More...]

United Kingdom: Prince Philip’s lifetime of service honoured with new gold and silver crown coins

The following is a re-post from our sister site, Coin Update. It was announced today that special crown coins will be issued in August to pay tribute to the lifetime of official service which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has given to the nation. It was announced by Buckingham Palace on the 4th May that the 96-year-old consort of the Queen would be retiring later in the year and … [Read More...]

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 first specimen was struck on June 30, 2017, in the presence … [Read More...]