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...]

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...]