Space-flown material from all six shuttles in new Cook Islands collector coin

On April 12, 1981, the space shuttle Columbia roared off the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first mission in what would be a 30-year program, culminating in July 2011 with the final space mission of the shuttle Atlantis. All told, the five active shuttles completed 135 flights, carrying a total of 852 fliers on 21,152 trips around the Earth and traveling … [Read More...]

Vatican City: Portrait of Pope Francis Removed from Circulation Euro Coins

Note: The following is a re-post from World Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. The Treasury of Vatican City State (or the Holy See) announced on the 24th January that from March of this year, new 2017-dated coins and those thereafter issued will no longer carry the effigy of His Holiness Pope Francis. The decision was carried out at the behest of the pontiff, and revised designs without … [Read More...]

New Zealand Southern Lights Replicated On Holographic Silver Crown Coin

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have announced (18th January) the issue of a new silver coin that highlights the southern hemisphere’s own natural and astounding light show: the Aurora Australis. The Southern Lights (as many know them) form a spellbinding natural light show that produces shimmering sheets of colourful light that appear to dance across the sky. Most are very familiar with the … [Read More...]

British Virgin Islands: Distinctive Blue Marlin Appears on Blue Titanium $5 Coin

The government and Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (17th January) a new $5 coin, struck in titanium, that features one of the sea’s more distinctive and beautiful inhabitants: the blue marlin. The Atlantic blue marlin, or Makaira nigricans, to be more accurate, is a species of marlin endemic to the Atlantic Ocean. One of the open ocean’s fastest, strongest predators, it is also … [Read More...]

British Virgin Islands: New Silver Reverse-Proof Coin Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The government and Treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (24th January) a new coin that marks the 65th anniversary, or “Sapphire Jubilee,” of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who will herself mark the solemn occasion on the 6th February. Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne at the age of 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy … [Read More...]

Rare Viking Coins Found by Irish Treasure Hunter

Back in May of 2016, a 43-year-old treasure hunter named Brian Morton took his metal detector out in an Irish field and made an unusual find. About four inches down in the dirt was a silver coin—and about five feet away, there was another one. Morton, who'd been a metal-detectorist for about 10 years at the time, was excited at having found the coins, but it would be several months before he … [Read More...]

Ares, God of War, Inaugurates New Series from Niue Island

In ancient Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses did not create the universe but were created by it. Rather than standing above the natural world, superior to it, they embodied the qualities of the world that created them. Thus we can see that the ancient Greeks used their deities to describe and explain the world as it was, rather than to change it according to one group’s or person’s … [Read More...]

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands: Blue Whale Features on Latest Titanium “Marine Life” Coin

The government and treasury of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have issued three new coins in the ongoing Marine Life series, which features some the most amazing wildlife found in and around the South Atlantic Ocean. The territory issued a similar design featuring the Blue Whale on a 2013 crown coin, which sold out its entire mintage in all options. Blue whales are the largest animals … [Read More...]

Trans-Australian Railway Honored on the First Coin Struck in 2017

Each New Year’s Day at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra, the first person in line wins the right to strike the mint’s first coin of the year. And thanks to the world's time zones, that coin is also the year's first to be struck anywhere in the world. From 2013 through 2016 the honor went to Sydney teenager Harley Russo. This year, however, the first collector in line was 16-year-old Luke … [Read More...]

“Year of the Rooster” Silver Medals from Shengyang Mint

About this time last year, we reported on an assortment of panda-themed issues that were slated for 2016. This time around, we’ll be approaching the coins from the perspective of the lunar year—that is, rounding up the best of the Year of the Rooster coins and medals from around the world. Look for that story in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we thought it would be nice to close out … [Read More...]