After Hurricane Irma, the Pobjoy Mint sets up relief fund for the British Virgin Islands

As most World Mint News Blog readers know, the Pobjoy Mint is a private company in the United Kingdom that produces circulating and collector coinage on behalf of governments, central banks, and major companies worldwide. One entity with which Pobjoy has had a long-standing arrangement, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), was among the many places hit by Hurricane Irma last weekend. The British … [Read More...]

Fourth and final coin in popular Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection now available for pre-order

The fourth and final release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Benjamin Bunny and is now available for pre-order. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny is distinct from Potter’s other four books given that the story was written entirely from scratch, unlike the aforementioned which were based on her own private letters. Benjamin Bunny’s tale is a sequel to The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and the plot … [Read More...]

Royal Canadian Mint Act authorizes special loonie to commemorate centennial of Toronto Maple Leafs

On June 22, 2017, the Royal Canadian Mint Act authorized the issuance of a $1 circulation coin (the denomination fondly known in Canada as the “loonie”) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. The “Rationale” section of the act states the following: The 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs is an important milestone in the history of hockey in Canada and … [Read More...]

India: Reserve Bank introduces first-ever 200-rupee bank-note denomination

In a surprise move, the Reserve Bank of India have issued their first-ever 200-rupee bank-note denomination. Released on the 25th August, the 200 rupees is included in their new family of revised “Mahatma” bank notes. The first of the new series was a 2,000-rupee note; also a new denomination for India, it was introduced in the latter part of 2016. The new bank note measures 146 mm x 66 mm, … [Read More...]

Royal Canadian Mint’s 2018 dogs bring as much bite as they do bark

February 16, 2018, ushers in the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. The Dog is the 11th sign of the 12-year cycle, in which particular birth years supposedly correspond to various personality traits. Dog people are generally assumed to be cheerful, honest, and loyal—not unlike Man’s best friend. Dogs are also considered to be idealistic and altruistic, but on the negative side, are suggested … [Read More...]

New Zealand Mint entombs silver coin in loving memory of the Pumpkin King

For many millenials, the 1993 stop-motion fantasy musical film The Nightmare Before Christmas, by Tim Burton, is a formative masterpiece. To this day, the film holds a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert described the visuals in Nightmare to be “as revolutionary as Star Wars.” Niue Island commissioned the New Zealand Mint to produce a legal-tender silver coin that captures … [Read More...]

Roswell Greys take center stage on new silver Cameroon coins

In our first numismatic extraterrestrial investigation, we examined some silver flying-saucer coins from the island of Niue that commemorated the 70-year anniversary of the Roswell Incident. Now our interstellar journey takes us to the Republic of Cameroon, and instead of focusing on flying saucers, we will be focusing on their little grey passengers. Grey aliens, also referred to as “Roswell … [Read More...]

Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Great Trail with a new silver collector coin

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Royal Canadian Mint has launched an exciting new rectangular silver coin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 24,000-kilometre Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail), which will soon connect Canada from its Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts. This coin was celebrated at an event held beside the Meewasin Trail section, which crosses the city of … [Read More...]

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...]